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St. David's Foundation Awards Grants to Central Texas Nonprofits

Mayor Lee Leffingwell to join in announcement of grants supporting recommendations from Mayor's Task Force on Aging

December 18, 2013

AUSTIN — Most of us have cherished memories of visiting grandparents during the holiday season. But many times it can be difficult for elderly family members to remain at home, living independently and safely, and enjoying holiday gatherings. Thankfully, a number of area nonprofits provide a wide array of services that enable older folks to enjoy life fully while remaining in their own homes, key goals set forward by the Mayor's Task Force on Aging. And now, thanks to grants being announced today by St. David's Foundation, 15 programs focused on improving access to health care services for low-income older adults, including aging-in-place programs that help older people to live independently, will receive $1,617,482 in grants, part of a $7.6 million grant package being given to area nonprofit organizations that provide health care services to Central Texans.

"Especially during the holidays, it is so gratifying to work with our grant partners—they truly embody the Foundation's mission to help families, older Central Texans, and others to gain access to health care," said Earl Maxwell, CEO of the Foundation. "We are delighted that the Mayor is joining us for the festivities today, as he has been very supportive of our aging community, as evidenced by the Mayor's Task Force on Aging.

A recipient of a St. David's Foundation's Healthy Aging grant, Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE) empowers caregivers, the elderly and their families through education, advocacy, resources and support.

"We are thrilled to be receiving a grant from St. David's Foundation this year. It is so important for older adults to take part in family holiday celebrations and to help continue treasured family traditions. At AGE, our motto is 'taking on the challenges of aging together,'" said Joyce Lauck, Executive Director of AGE.

Healthy Aging Grant Highlights:

  • Caregiver University: Fall Prevention Program/ Powerful Tools for Caregivers will receive $194,685 to cover operating costs for support and resources to families that are caring for an older loved one.
  • Meals on Wheels and More (MOWAM) will receive a $90,110 grant to purchase two new vehicles, which will help nourish and enrich the lives of homebound people through programs that promote dignity and independent living.
  • Family Eldercare will receive a $250,000 grant to provide Aging in Place support for in- home care, therapeutic counseling, and other essential services to elders, adults with disabilities, and those who care for them.

The Foundation directs funding to six focus areas, including Healthy Aging, Healthy Futures, Healthy Living, Healthy Minds, Healthy People and Healthy Smiles.

  Download full press release including a complete listing of the grants by category


Interviews with Foundation leadership may be arranged by contacting Kristy Ozmun Public Relations.