Board of Directors awards $2,000 to support community efforts
Shreveport, La. – The Glen Retirement System’s Board of Directors awarded a total of $2,000 on May 9 to two nonprofits serving the Shreveport-Bossier City community.
The Caddo Council on Aging, a nonprofit that empowers Caddo Parish seniors and gives the opportunity for them to enjoy wellness, longevity and quality of life choices, was awarded $1,000. Hope Connections, a nonprofit whose mission is to guide and foster a comprehensive, coordinated homeless services system for those at risk of or experiencing homelessness grounded in rich collaboration and engaging the passion of the community, was also awarded $1,000.
“Awarding the President’s Scholarship to these nonprofits solidifies The Glen’s investment to our community,” CEO and President Debra Williams said. “As a nonprofit ourselves, we seek out partnerships with other organizations that support our mission to have a greater impact on the lives in our community.”
The $1,000 awarded to The Caddo Council on Aging will go toward the Meals on Wheels program. The service provides home meals delivered to seniors who wish to maintain their independence as some may face financial, physical, or emotional hardships. In addition to the nutritional benefit, the service provides an annual wellness check for seniors.
“We are extremely honored to be awarded the President’s Scholarship from The Glen Retirement System’s Board of Directors. Meals on Wheels delivers over 1,000 hot meals daily to the tables of our elderly neighbors in Caddo Parish who face a food shortage due to physical or financial hardship. But we’re more than food on the table!” Caddo Council on Aging Executive Director Mary Alice Rountree said. “We’re a knock on the door that says there’s care and compassion. We shatter the isolation, which starves the spirit like hunger starves the body. This $1,000 donation will provide 230 hot meals to our homebound seniors. We thank The Glen for this generous donation.”
Hope Connections operates the Shreveport-Bossier City area’s local homeless one-stop where 13 agencies collaborate to connect those experiencing homelessness as quickly as possible to the entry-level services that will lead them to obtain and maintain permanent housing at another 22 agencies in the community. HOPE Connections houses the Coordinated Assessment Point, Drop-In Center, Street Outreach Services, medical screenings, Veteran services, pet care for those in crisis, homeless prevention referrals, and other additional services.
“It is such an honor to receive this award for the collective impact work on ending homelessness that HOPE Connections provides,” Hope Connections Executive Director Christa Pazzaglia said. “Nearly 35 percent of clients experiencing homelessness are seniors, and we are committed to ensuring that the remainder of their lives is spent in a place where there is a bed to sleep in and a door that locks that includes all of the supports needed to allow them to live as independently as possible.”
The President’s Scholarship is a scholarship set up by The Glen’s Board of Directors and is funded through donations made to The Glen. Each year, the board awards funds based on the needs in the Shreveport-Bossier City community. Past recipients include Providence House, Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission, Holy Angels Residential Facility and Community Renewal International.
For more information on the Caddo Council on Aging, call 318-676-7900 or go to www.caddocouncilonaging.org. To learn more about Hope Connections, call 318-670-4591 or go to www.nwlahope.org.