Foundations join forces to strengthen family support options in region | Local News

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Enid Mojica-McGinnis, right, 58, and his mother, Emilia Roman, 87, took part in a new Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation care awareness initiative last year.


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Exhale, the Family Caregiver Initiative that funds collaborative projects that reinvent and strengthen respite opportunities for family caregivers of seniors, is preparing to launch its events for 2022.

Free virtual information sessions on the initiative are open to representatives of for-profit and non-profit organizations in the counties of Erie, Genesee, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming in western state. New York 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on December 6.

“We bring businesses and organizations together in the Western New York State region – so that together, as a community, we can find more opportunities and solutions to better support family caregivers in meaningful ways for them, ”said Amber Slichta, vice president of programs and learning. with the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation

The virtual workshops that will start in January will help participating businesses and nonprofits work together. Allowances of $ 500 will help explore opportunities. Participating non-profit organizations will also be eligible to apply for a grant.

“Through these collaborative projects, we can maximize our effort and creative thinking to better recognize and support the caregiver community,” said Ken Genewick, senior care program manager for the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York. “It’s important that caregivers make time to look after their own well-being and that’s why we’re here to help make it happen.

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