Sec­ond time, the charm

VON pro­gram re­ceives fund­ing from 100 Women Who Care

Truro Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - BY JOEY SMITH

The VON was named re­cip­i­ent of fund­ing from 100 Women Who Care dur­ing a gath­er­ing this week at the Rath Eastlink Com­mu­nity Cen­tre for their Colch­ester East Hants VON Adult Day Pro­gram. It will amount to at least $10,000.

The sec­ond time proved to be the charm for the Colch­ester East Hants VON Adult Day Pro­gram.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion was named re­cip­i­ent of fund­ing from 100 Women Who Care dur­ing a gath­er­ing this week at the Rath Eastlink Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

“Over the moon,” said Monique Na­tivi­dad, adult day pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor, as she re­acted to the an­nounce­ment.

It was the sec­ond time the pro­gram pre­sented at the 100 Women Who Care event, after do­ing so in De­cem­ber 2015.

“We’re just thrilled to have the op­por­tu­nity to come back and we’re so ex­cited,” said Na­tivi­dad, whose or­ga­ni­za­tion re­ceived a min­i­mum of $10,000.

The adult day pro­gram meets three days a week at John­son Manor on Church Street and pro­vides clients with a safe place to go dur­ing the day.

Staff and vol­un­teers co­or­di­nate ac­tiv­i­ties, such as ex­er­cise classes, card and word games, com­mu­nal out­ings and crafts for se­niors and adults liv­ing with a dis­abil­ity or with Alzheimer’s disease, de­men­tia or cog­ni­tive im­pair­ment.

“It’s life chang­ing for th­ese peo­ple,” said Na­tivi­dad. “They re­ally look for­ward to com­ing back and it gives their care­givers a bit of re­lief know­ing that their loved one is go­ing to be hav­ing a great day and tak­ing part in mean­ing­ful ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Na­tivi­dad said the pro­gram has blos­somed dur­ing the past five years, and there’s even a wait­ing list of eight to 10 peo­ple per day.

She said a pro­gram for younger adults could be in the works and the most re­cent fund­ing could sup­port that cause.

“It’s not a prom­ise, but it’s some­thing that we’d love to look into, so that money is go­ing to be set aside for right now un­til we can see if that’s a vi­able op­tion, to start a pro­gram for the younger group.”

Other lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions that pre­sented at the 100 Women Who Care gath­er­ing were the Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colch­ester and the Hubtown Cobe­quid Arts Coun­cil.

The 100 Women Who Care pro­gram was started in Truro two-and-a-half years ago and has raised more than $150,000 for lo­cal groups.

“This is such a great ini­tia­tive, it’s such a great ini­tia­tive in a small town,” said co-chair­woman Melissa Stone. “One of the things we en­joy is that ev­ery cent of the money stays here in Colch­ester County. So that, in it­self, is just thrilling to us. We love to see the re­ac­tions and we love to hear the sto­ries of what good it can do.”

The next 100 Women Who Care meet­ing will be held in De­cem­ber.

JOEY SmITh/TRURO DAILY NEWS

Monique Na­tivi­dad, left, VON Adult Day Pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor, and Erin Crosby, VON man­ager of com­mu­nity sup­port ser­vices for Colch­ester-East Hants, re­act after hear­ing their or­ga­ni­za­tion’s name an­nounced as the re­cip­i­ent of fund­ing from 100 Women Who...

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