The Catherine Kennedy Home, a non-profit retirement home was named for Catherine DeRosset Kennedy (1800-1889), a Methodist church leader who founded the Home which operated at different Wilmington locations from 1852 to 2000; it was believed to be the oldest residential facility for the elderly in the United States. The Home closed in 2000 due to a decline in residents and the excessive cost of upgrading its aging building to meet state and federal standards for assisted living or nursing care. The Home’s board reorganized as a charitable foundation in 2001, using its endowment to continue the mission to aid groups meeting the needs of the elderly. Each year they have awarded grants to support charitable, non-profit organizations involved in providing services to improve the general health and welfare of the elderly of New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties.
Our Center has been honored to be a recipient of this grant every year since it’s inception; the board has always been touched by our love for the elderly and they encourage us to apply for the grant each year. Last year’s grant allowed us to help 106 seniors with various living expenses. Much of it went towards utility bills preventing disconnection of services or aiding with reconnection fees. We paid rents, sometimes averting evictions.
Once again, we were blessed to be one of the recipients of a grant from the Catherine Kennedy Home Foundation this year. We attended a gathering on April 24 for the grant presentations. Many organizations were present to receive their awards: The Help Hub, Cape Fear Literacy Council, YWCA , YMCA, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, WARM, Catholic Charities and the list goes on. It was very interesting to hear each organization speak about their offerings for the seniors in need. We have a large population of seniors aging in place, many have taken on the responsibility of their grandchildren and it’s good to know there are so many organizations reaching out to them.
This year, we received an even larger grant than last year; I expect we’ll be able to use this year’s grant to reach out to many more of our elders in need of additional assistance. Please keep us in your prayers as we do our best to serve these valued members of our community.
Special need of the week: fans, now that warmer weather is here.