Thousands in grants dispersed for launch of Flint Senior Lives Matter program
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So a new program has just been announced, called Flint Senior Lives Matter.
Officials from the Valley Area Agency on Aging say they just received two new grants to help Flint seniors.
One is from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund for $500,000.
The other is from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for $200,000.
Both will help seniors with things like blood and water testing, access to a dietitian, nutrition and other health problems that flint seniors are complaining about because of the water crisis.
“They didn’t use the word stressed, but they were concerned why many of them were losing their hair and teeth. They were losing their teeth,” said Kathryn Boles, President and CEO of Valley Area Agency on Aging.
90 year old Julia Johnson says that she showers with Flint water but she doesn’t cook with it.
“I just don’t know if it’s pure,” she said.
The program will focus on homebound seniors in Flint.
There are other water crisis challenges seniors face.
A resident who spoke at the meeting said, “the lack of flouride that we’re not getting in the water and the bottled water that we’re drinking is causing cavities”
Senator Jim Ananich, (D) Flint says “at the state level their buying bulk cheap as much as they can, but it would be better if we had some sort of flouride.”
It’s estimated less than 45 percent of Flint seniors have access to the internet.
So this new program will help them with information in other ways, like TV and newspapers.
Tommy Gist of Flint says “all old cities with these pipes have the same problem. Flint isn’t the only place with this problem”.
The VAAA will be sending out workers into the community over the next two years.
And there is more good financial news for area residents.
On Monday, new details will be released that will funnel millions of dollars into Genesee county’s Head Start program.
GCCARD Senior Nutrition Kitchen
This communication is written to inform you that GCCARD Senior Nutrition Kitchen is no longer using City of Flint water source for prepping and/or cooking meals.
All water being used with food preparation is filtered or bottled water. We are also looking into the cost and availability of a full-kitchen water filtration system.
Thank you for being patient with us as the City of Flint water situation is being resolved. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and/or concerns.
Laura B. Rahmaad, Director
Nutrition Services Program
601 N. Saginaw St., Ste. 1B
Flint, MI 48502
(810) 762-4924 Office; (810) 237-4752 Fax
Valley Receives $5,000 from Centene to help with the Flint Water Crisis
Kathryn C. Boles, President, CEO with Dawn Siggett, VP Legislative & Government Affairs