Ozarks Tonight: Mental Health for Senior Citizens

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $40,000 in grants to different organizations in the area to help them provide services for seniors' mental health. 

This is the first type of grant by the CFO. 

Our Jenifer Abreu talked to Bridget Dierks with CFO and Alex Cobb with SeniorAge one of the recipients of the grants, about the need and the importance of these grants and what the money will help the organization accomplish. 

Here are the recipients. 

The Library Foundation: $2,300 for the Movies and Memories project to provide socialization through programs for seniors and people living with dementia in the welcoming and stimulating environment of the Library Center. The project also will provide kits for Library Outreach and any care partners that want to replicate the program.

Lost & Found Grief Center: $7,700 to provide five therapeutic grief support groups for older adults grieving the loss of a young adult child or spouse of many years.

NAMI Southwest Missouri: $10,000 for the Greene County Senior Peer Support Program to train adults 55 and older to offer support and connection to other senior adults through shared experience, ensuring those in need are connected to appropriate mental health resources and care.

SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging: $10,000 to launch the Counseling for Seniors Project at the Northview Center and Southside Senior Center. 

United Way of the Ozarks: $10,000 to support the Give 5 Civic Matchmaking Program to match innovative volunteer opportunities with retired (or almost retired) adults 60 and older who live in Greene County as a way to reduce social isolation and increase community engagement among seniors. 

The Senior Mental Health grants are made possible by donations. 

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