President & CEO Santo A. Grande said that DCS is “Excited to partner with the George B. Todd Fund in support of our resident seniors and children.”
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Intergenerational Center is a community facility featuring senior services, child care services, medical adult day care, and services for individuals with disabilities combined under one roof. The goal is to help develop mutually beneficial support systems between each of these vulnerable local populations. The center is designed to support the interests and activities of younger seniors and to help local seniors age in place. The new center will be completely handicap accessible.
“The new center will help many in the area better access information and activities needed to live out active and fulfilling golden years” added senior program Information and Assistance Manager, Mary Handley.
Handley said that the local aging population has grown over the last 15 years and is expected to increase. This growth is due to the retiring boomer generation, longer life expectancy and also the attraction of the Eastern Shore as a destination for retired couples and individuals.
DCS is also partnering with the George B. Todd Fund and the local community for a matching grant fundraising campaign challenge that will leverage an additional $175,000 in funding over the next five years. These funds would also go specifically to the construction of the Center.
The George B. Todd Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Grant recommendations are made by members of an advisory committee chaired by Attorney Charlie Capute and populated by Dorchester County residents. The advisors meet quarterly and award grants through a competitive application and review process. The Mid-Shore Community Foundation’s President, Buck Duncan, says they are “honored to support this project, bringing various populations under one roof to engage and support each other. The benefits to participating children and seniors could be significant.”
Other sources of funding are provided by the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation of Baltimore MD, USDA Rural Development Capital loan program, The Maryland Department of Aging Capital Grant Program, and Maryland Legislative Bond program. A little more than half of the building’s funding sources have been committed.
Delmarva Community Services, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides supportive services to individuals with disabilities, seniors, and those affected by poverty. Operating since 1974, DCS will celebrate its 40th Anniversary in 2014. For more information about the Chesapeake Grove project visit www.dcsdct.org.