One Hope United – Florida Region wins grant to support older adult services

Grant will help meet the emerging needs of older adults in Sebring

SEBRING, Fla. (April 19, 2011)—One Hope United, a local nonprofit human services organization, received a $3,000 grant from the national organization the Alliance for Children and Families to identify ways to provide quality aging services.

One Hope United was one of 22 agencies selected though a competitive, national process to receive the grant.

The grant is part of the New Age of Aging, an initiative of the Alliance for Children and Families designed to help prepare nonprofit human services organizations throughout North America to best provide services for older adults as the vast Baby Boom Generation ages. The multi-million dollar initiative is funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies.

One Hope United received a mini-grant through the New Age of Aging initiative because it is interested in enhancing current aging services or gaining competency in the field. The mini-grant will be used to strengthen services for older adults in the Sebring community.

“This grant enables One Hope United to take a first step in exploring the need for strengthening services for older adults in the community,” said Barbara Moss, executive director of One Hope United – Florida Region. “We are proud to have this opportunity to help meet the tremendous need of serving older adults.”

According to U.S. Census projections, 71.5 million Americans will reach age 65 by 2030, double the number in 2003. By 2050 that figure will grow to 86.7 million, at which point the population over age 65 will be more than 20 percent of the total population.

One Hope United is a private human service organization dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families. One Hope United offers a diverse array of prevention, intervention and community-based programs. One Hope United also specializes in child welfare system management, reform, consultation and training. With principal offices in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Florida, One Hope United serves more than 15,000 children and their families across the country each year. For more information, visit www.onehopeunited.wpengine.com.

The Alliance for Children and Families, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, is a nonprofit national membership association of private, nonprofit human service providers in the United States and Canada. Motivated by a vision of a healthy society and strong communities, the Alliance strengthens the capacities of North America’s nonprofit child- and family-serving organizations to serve and advocate for children, families, and communities. The more than 330 members of the Alliance provide an array of community-based programs and services to all generations, serving close to 3.4 million people each year. More information about the Alliance is available at alliance1.org.

For more information on the New Age of Aging project, contact Carla Washington, director, New Age of Aging, at cwashington@alliance1.org or 800-221-3726, ext. 6523.

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