Posted Friday, Sep 22nd, 2017
The Gilmore and Courtyard Gardens owners group are thrilled to announce a new initiative developed to give back to the community .
The Community Fund was opened to organizations who offer programs and services to seniors that encourage independence, support physical and mental health, increase one’s level of activity, and improve quality of life.
Congratulations to this years recipients…
Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives was awarded $5,000 to support their senior peer counselling program. This service was developed to support older adults experiencing emotional distress (loss of a loved one, change in living arrangement, or a major life transition such as retirement). Trained volunteer counselors provide seniors with confidential, peer-to-peer support, to help them work through challenges and develop steps to improve their well-being. The fund will be used to grow these services and the volunteer base. Each volunteer completes a 55-hour training course.
West Richmond Community Association was awarded $5,000 to support their Musics Works program developed for isolated and vulnerable seniors in Richmond. The program is put on by active seniors who believe in musical therapy. It utilizes music, movement and social activities to increase community connection, stimulate cognitive function, and reduce stress, anxiety and depression. After a successful pilot program this year, they plan to use these funds to further grow participation and develop their volunteer base.
Congratulations to the winners and thank you to Gilmore & Courtyard Gardens residents, staff and the owners group for spearheading this initiative and giving back to the Richmond community.
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