BRISTOL ANNOUNCES FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
Bristol Elder Services, Inc. (Bristol) is accepting Letters of Intent for two-year proposals for programs to run October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2019. The programs will be funded by the federal Older Americans Act (OAA). Priority for funding will be given to projects that address one or more of the following: mental health counseling; health care including hearing care, vision care, dental care, diabetes, and heart disease; legal services; minor home repair; curb-to-curb and medical transportation services. Approximately $80,000 is available, $50,000 of which is mandated to be used for legal services.
Successful applicants will be awarded a one-year contract with the option for a second year contingent upon: funds being made available to Bristol, demonstrated program outcomes, and program performance. OAA funding is intended to provide services to a significant number of elders, age 60 and over identified as having the greatest economic and social need, severe disabilities, limited English proficiency, and those who are low-income minority or lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.
OAA programs cannot ask for income verification or charge a fee for services. Participants must have the opportunity to make a voluntary donation. Programs must develop and conduct consumer satisfaction surveys. Reimbursement is based on costs verified through monthly billing and data submission. A 15% non-federal funds match is required.
The programs must serve elders residing in at least one of the following communities: Attleboro, Berkley, Dighton, Fall River, Freetown, Mansfield, North Attleboro, Norton, Raynham, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Somerset, Swansea, Taunton, and Westport. Collaboration is encouraged.
A technical assistance training for those planning to submit a Letter of Intent will be held at Bristol’s offices at 1 Father DeValles Boulevard, Second Floor, Conference Room, Fall River, MA 02723, on March 13, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. If you require special assistance, notify Melanie Minutelli Ramos, Contracts Administrator, by March 6, 2017.
The Letter of Intent must be received by March 27, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. The Letter of Intent should be no more than three pages, and must address the following:
The priority(ies) the program addresses.
The program’s goal(s) and expected outcomes.
A description of the program, the communities in which it will operate, and how you envision it operating.
The total amount of OAA funds requested.
The total amount of funding needed for the program’s operation.
Other funding sources that will support program operations.
How you identified the need for the targeted service(s).
Contact name, e-mail address, and telephone number.
Note: Ensure that the difference between #4 and #5, exclusive of federal money, equals 15%.
WALK LIKE A PENGUIN
During the winter months, ice, snow, and cold can make life challenging for everyone. Slippery sidewalks can cause a wide range of injuries – especially for seniors.
Walk like a penguin to avoid slipping on ice:
- Bend slightly and walk flat footed
- Point your feet out slightly like a penguin
- Keep your center of gravity over your feet as much as possible
- Watch where you are stepping
- Take shorter, shuffle-like steps Keep your arms at your sides (not in your pockets!)
- Concentrate on keeping your balance
- Go S-L-O-W-L-Y
Make sure to wear shoes with good traction and non-skid soles.
PHONE SCAM ALERT
Bristol Elder Services does not solicit donations over the phone. It was brought to our attention that an elder received a call promising money but first the elder was asked to purchase gift cards from CVS. The call was a scam.
No one should respond to calls soliciting gift card offers, wiring of money, donations, etc. Just say NO and hang up.
We have been notified in the past by community members who received calls allegedly from “Bristol Elder Services” seeking some type of monetary donations and/or requesting personal information such as date of birth and Social Security number. No one from Bristol would ever call you to make this type of request.
Although phone scams are common these days, they have become more sophisticated, especially around the holidays. Be on the alert.