Chester County Community Foundation Awards $59,000 for Senior Housing

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WEST CHESTER, PA — The Chester County Community Foundation recently announced the awarding of $59,000 in grants through the Wentworth Association Fund for Senior Housing, organized under the auspices of the Foundation. After carefully reviewing competitive grant applications, volunteer members of a community-based grant panel awarded $59,000 to 10 nonprofits in the Chester County region.

The Wentworth Association Fund for Senior Housing was organized under the auspices of the Chester County Community Foundation after the dissolution of the Wentworth Association nonprofit organization and the sale of the former Wentworth Senior Home in West Chester, PA. The then Board of Directors felt that the assets of the organization could best be used to benefit a greater number of senior Chester County residents through the annual distribution of grants to nonprofits whose missions and programs provide services and benefits to seniors 55 and older.

The panelists allocated $10,000 to Barclay Friends for their CARES resident assistance and horticultural therapy programs; $10,000 to the Friends Association for their Eviction Prevention Court (EPC) Program; $7,500 to Phoenixville Area Senior Center to support their strategic plan refinement; $10,000 to United Way of Chester County for their Mobile Home Reassessment Project; $2,000 to Good Neighbors Inc.; $2,000 to Good Works, Inc.; $2,000 to The Hickman; $5,500 to Coatesville Area Adult Senior Center/Brandywine Active Aging; $5,000 to PA Home of the Sparrow; and, $5,000 to Phoenixville Women’s Outreach.

The grant panelists included former Wentworth Home board member Susan Casso; Chair of the Community Foundation’s Grants and Scholarship Policy Committee Erik Gudmundson; and, educator and community leader Natalie Ortega Moran, Ed.D.

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