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Kennedy Center’s Caring for the Caregiver Program Receives $15,000 Grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

Kennedy Center’s Caring for the Caregiver Program Receives $15,000 Grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

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The Kennedy Center’s Caring for the Caregiver program was awarded a $15,000 grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation to support Greater Bridgeport parents age 60 and older, who provide care for adult children with disabilities in their home.

One of the families that will benefit from this generous grant are Trumbull residents Anthony Mucherino, a Kennedy Center client, left, and his father Andrew Mucherino, right.

Kennedy Center’s Caring for the Caregiver Program Receives $15,000 Grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

The Kennedy Center’s Caring for the Caregiver program received a $15,000 grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation to support Greater Bridgeport parents age 60 and older, who provide care for adult children with disabilities in their home.

Unlike traditional Caregiving Programs, The Kennedy Center’s Caregiver model teaches younger adult children with a disability to assume a caregiving role of their aging parent.

An aging senior that lives with an adult child with a disability needs specialized supports. These families will receive case management and educational services. Individualized plans will be developed to include the adult child being taught household and self-sufficiency tasks. In addition, the senior parent will receive respite services and informative trainings on resources and long-term family planning options.

The Caring for the Caregiver program ensures that these seniors can remain independent in their home and the family can remain intact. Since the inception of the program in 2003, 551 families have received program supports and educational services, an average of 55 families per year.

Program services are provided in the Greater Bridgeport and Greater New Haven Communities. This new FCCF funding specifically supports families in the Greater Bridgeport region.

Martin D. Schwartz, President and CEO of The Kennedy Center said, “The extraordinary support given by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation for the Caring for the Caregiver program will help individuals with intellectual disabilities remain in their family home and receive invaluable assistance for their aging family member.”

The Caring for the Caregiver program was born out of a practical need observed by The Kennedy Center. This nationally recognized program is often cited as a best practice in the aging community. The program won the National Family Caregiving Award in July 2010, and that same year was recognized by the Institute on Community Integration & Research and Training Center on Community Living.

To learn more about the program, please contact Daniela Buri-Kurtz, Family Support Coordinator at 203.365.8522 ext. 233. The Kennedy Center is a nationally accredited, non-profit, community-based rehabilitation organization that currently serves 2,400 individuals annually. The agency actively responds to the needs of the community by offering innovative, comprehensive service options to persons with disabilities and special needs, from birth to senior years. The Kennedy Center operates 26 community experience programs, 16 group homes, an industries program composed of six businesses, supported and competitive employment and job placement services, a family support and respite service, travel training, and a variety of children’s programs.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds of contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards, and has awarded $180 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org .