Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout greater Plymouth County and surrounding communities, has announced the renewal of two grants for their Emergency Funds.
The George E. Curtis Charitable Trust (Curtis Trust) has generously renewed a $23,000 grant for OCES’ Emergency Funds. The mission of the Curtis Trust is to assist low-income older adults aged 60+to remain in their homes and to experience an improved quality of life.
OCES also received a renewal of the “Little Necessities” Grant of $5,313. For the past 16 years, Mass Home Care has been managing the selection of recipients from a private trust fund that pays for “little necessities” that help seniors remain in their home independently. Mass Home Care carries out the program by utilizing non-profit agencies such as OCES.
These funds are specifically intended to meet the needs of at-risk low-income older adults and individuals with disabilities who are in a crisis or emergency circumstance that threatens their health and/or living situation. These Emergency Funds are OCES’ primary resource available to assist with these needs.
Making a critical difference in the lives of the consumers that are served, OCES’ Emergency Funds support dozens of individuals throughout the year faced with unforeseen emergency events, answering urgent needs such as filling an empty fuel tank, repairing a broken furnace, or providing life-sustaining medications.
“All too frequently, at-risk older adults encounter problems that can jeopardize their ability to maintain independence, dignity and well-being,” explained Nicole Long, CEO of OCES. “We are very grateful for the Curtis Trust and Little Necessities grants as they will enable us to continue to help people in crisis situations who would have no other means of assistance.”
Founded in 1974, OCES proudly serves greater Plymouth County and surrounding communities. OCES is a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Brockton with a second office in Plymouth. OCES is designated as one of 26 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCES’ mission is to support the independence and dignity of elders and people with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living. The agency has 235 employees and operates more than 15 programs serving older adults, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information call 508-584-1561 or visit www.ocesma.org.