Impact1890, LLC, a Lutheran church-based philanthropic entity dedicated to helping seniors age in place, recently visited Piedmont Senior Resources (PSR) Area Agency on Aging.
Kathryn Baerwald, Executive Director, Impact 1890, LLC, visited the nonprofit area agency on aging, meeting with directors and employees of the agency, seeking to qualify the impact of the $15,500 grant for PSR’s newest program, non-emergency senior medical transportation.
“We’re so thankful for the grant from Impact1890 and for Ms. Baerwald’s visit,” said Justine Young, CEO of PSR. “Her visit was an opportune time for us to show her organization how our seniors here in the Heart of Virginia have directly benefited from their grant funding.”
Overall, PSR has received more than $150,000 in successful grant applications for the new and expanding non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) program, along with more than $1,500 in private donations and fundraisers.
Since the senior medical transportation program kicked off in mid-December, the nonprofit’s sole five-passenger, handicap-accessible minivan has been on the road every day of the week, and has successfully transported seniors to nearly 200 medical appointments, ranging from dental visits, routing check-ups, and specialized appointments. Seniors, ago 60 and older, residing in Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Nottoway, Lunenburg and Prince Edward, are eligible for service.
Seniors interested in the program only need call 1-866-392-8432, PSR’s dedicated transportation toll-free telephone number, to determine qualification and schedule an appointment.
According to Impact1890’s website, “In 2014, the Board of Trustees of National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) authorized the establishment of a grant-making program to award funding to other non-profit organizations that provide services primarily to underserved seniors. Since that time, nearly $1 million in grants have been made to more than 50 organizations.”
“We want our phones to ring off the hook with seniors calling to schedule medical appointments,” said PSR Transportation and Nutrition Director Jordan Miles. “The seniors we have transported are so, so thankful for this service. Our team of dedicated volunteer drivers and paid staff are steadfast in our mission to safely transport our clients to and from their medical appointments while advocating for their independence in their homes.”