CARE’s Act Dollars Awarded to 22 Organizations

Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (MNRAAA) has awarded twenty-two organizations a total of $467,597. These dollars were made available under the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES Act) funding through the Administration for Community Living and the Minnesota Board on Aging. MNRAAA focused these dollars on rural areas and areas with the greatest social need, especially older adults facing social isolation.

The CARES grant is designed to allow community-based organizations to provide support services, such as chore services, homemaker, visiting, telephone reassurance and caregiver support services. These funds are designated to address the service needs of older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“MNRAAA is grateful to see these organizations step up to assist older adults during the pandemic. The additional challenges that the pandemic has presented have also allowed new and innovative opportunities to assist our communities during these unprecedented times. These organizations have been working closely with MNRAAA to ensure that older adults receive the service they need.” said Jason W. Swanson, MNRAAA Executive Director.

The organizations that were awarded CARE’s Act funding through MNRAAA were:

Organization Service Dollars
Appleton Area Health to utilize iN2l person-centered technology to provide entertainment for residents at Appleton Area Health. $25,000
Big Stone County Memory Loss Connection to provide technology services to older adults in Big Stone County $6,200
Blue Earth County Library System to provide access to educational materials, entertainment, and mental stimulation for older adults $4,725
City of Adrian to partner with Rock County Opportunities to provide chore and homemaker services to Adrian older adults $24,975
City of Kerkhoven to develop, organize, and implement a telephone calling project to contact older and isolated individuals in Kerkhoven and Murdock’s communities. $25,000
Countryside Public Health to conduct telephone reassurance to provide outreach to positive COVID-19 cases in isolation or quarantine. $25,000
CREST Caregiver to provide individual and family counseling to caregivers and offer support groups to interested individuals. $13,563
CREST Supportive to provide telephone assurance and transportation services to older adults in Martin County. $14,611
Essential Senior Services to provide homemaking services to older adults in Jackson, Murray, Nobles and Rock Counties. $24,752
Horn of Africa Aid and Rehabilitation Action Network to provide training and education for immigrant families relating to family caregiving. $21,800
Interfaith Caregivers to expand the personal emergency response system in Faribault County. $15,740
Kyle’s Small Engine Repair to expand snow removal chore services for older adults in the Dawson area. $19,232
LqP Computer Commuter to provide technology services to older adults in Lac qui Parle County. $25,000
Marshall Area Senior Citizens, Inc. to provide onsite and virtual opportunities to participate in social interactions, education, and recreation to reduce social isolation to the Marshall area older adults. $25,000
Open Door Health Center to provide outreach to older adults relating to medical, dental and behavioral health care in Southern Minnesota. $25,000
Pipestone County to provide telephone reassurance to older adults in Pipestone County. $25,000
Prairie Five Community Action to provide technology services to older adults in Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine Counties. $25,000
Prairie Perspectives to offer mental health and personal enrichment group programs for older adults and caregivers in rural assisted living facilities. $25,000
Renville Health Services to provide technology services to older adults living at St. Francis Health Care Services. $22,850
Southern Minnesota Music Therapy to create a music at home project to provide older adults living alone in rural communities. $24,149
Waseca Area Caregiver Services to provide a group respite program in-home respite for aging adults, caregiver support and community education in Waseca County. $25,000
Woodland Centers to have a mental health practitioner provide mental health support, education and training to help reduce isolation and loneliness among older adults in Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Swift Counties. $25,000
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