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Living Well Group receives support from a wide array of individuals, community partners, as well as public and private foundations. Below is a listing of grants received during 2014-2015.
AARP Foundation Livable Community Project: In support of our Arts Program, which provides a therapeutic musician and a painting therapist to actively engage in the creation of art works (music and visual art) with residents and visiting members of the community.
Ben &Jerry Foundation’s Economic Justice Grant: In support of Living Well's Farm to Care program that connects local food producers and residents of our two facilities by providing fresh, local foods served each day. This program improves residents' health, supports local farmers, provides opportunities to educate staff and residents on nutritious foods, reduces the costs of meals, and builds strong community connections through long-term collaborations.
Burlington Housing Trust Fund: In support of renovating and expanding our Ethan Allen Residence, a Level III Residential Care Community, in Burlington’s New North End to serve 50 low-income residents.
CEDO Community Development Block Grant: In support of renovating and expanding our Ethan Allen Residence, a Level III Residential Care Community, in Burlington’s New North End to serve 50 low-income residents.
City Market, Co-op Patronage Seedling Grant: In support of Living Well's Farm to Care program that connects local food producers and residents of our two facilities with fresh, local foods. This program improves residents' health, supports local farmers, provides opportunities to educate staff and residents on nutritious foods, reduces the costs of meals, and builds strong community connections through long-term collaborations.
Hoehl Family Foundation: In support of our work to address health disparities in our greater community through innovative approaches and outreach programs that help break the cycle of chronic illnesses often faced by low- to moderate-income elders and disabled Vermonters. Living Well’s mission is resident-focused caring for elders that promotes wellbeing within a wide range of community connections.
Merchants Bank Foundation: In support of purchasing a generator that will operate on propane for our Bristol residential facility so that when the power is interrupted, staff can keep the furnace, refrigerators, and lights operating and the 13 residents remain safe and secure during the outage.
Vermont Community Foundation Special and Urgent Needs: In support of purchasing a generator that will operate on propane for our Bristol residential facility so that when the power is interrupted, staff can keep the furnace, refrigerators, and lights operating and the 13 residents remain safe and secure during the outage.
Vermont Housing Conservation Board: Feasibility Grant in support of initial planning and studies for Ethan Allen Residence purchase and renovation.
Waterwheel Foundation: In support of our Ipods for Elders project to provide individually programmed IPods to our residents and enhance their cognitive responses and sense of well being. This project will provide many benefits to our elders, including: heightened awareness of oneself and the environment, anxiety and stress reduction, stimulation, and emotional intimacy by sharing creative musical experiences with each other and with family members.
Living Well Group Receives $12,900 Grant from City Market for Farm to Care Program
Bristol, Vermont – April 7, 2015 – Living Well Group has received a grant from City Market/Onion River Co-op for its Farm to Care program. The grant is a part of City Market’s new 2014 Co-op Patronage Seedling Grant program, and Living Well Group was one of five recipients out of dozens of applications for this new grant program. The money will help support the Living Well Group culinary program that puts local food on the tables of Ethan Allen Residence in Burlington, Vermont, and Living Well Residence in Bristol, Vermont.
“We are honored to receive such a generous grant from City Market, a co-op that supports the same local, organic, sustainable values as our Farm to Care program,” says Dee DeLuca, executive director of Living Well Group, which oversees Living Well Residence and Ethan Allen Residence. “Our goal in serving healthy, regional, whole foods to our residents is to demonstrate the important role that nutrition plays in their health and the health of the community, while also sharing the message that eating local doesn’t have to cost a fortune.”
Chef David Francis at Ethan Allen Residence and Chef Janet Makaris at Living Well Residence work with local food suppliers to serve farm-to-table meals daily at each residence. At every meal, a chalkboard lists the origin of different fruits, vegetables, and meats. A farm partner in Richmond even welcomes residents to the field, where he answers questions and involves them in the agricultural experience. The program was recently lauded by The Vermont Health Care Association, which recognized Living Well Group for its culinary contributions.
In addition to working with local purveyors, Living Well Group has replaced processed foods and meal substitutes with whole foods and eliminated refined sugars in its meals. Each residence also offers a garden where residents can tend to herbs and plants.
The innovation of Living Well and Ethan Allen Residences practices extends beyond food. Both operate under the leadership of a naturopathic medical director, and, while patients each consult with their own physicians, the staff encourages a natural approach to health and healing, when possible, even if that means something as simple as using an ice or heat pack in place of pain medication. The residences host tai chi and yoga classes and encourage exercise as an alternative to anxiety medication. And the residents engage in cognitive stimulation through brain-benders/teasers and mental exercises. Each residence strives for a natural, family-like setting, with spaces to socialize and build relationships. By creating a sense of community, the residents look out for one another and enjoy passing time together.
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