JCAFThe Joint Coalition Assistance Fund (JCAF)
The 2021 Joint Coalition Assistance Fund (JCAF)
The Denver Senior Coalitions’ Joint Coalition Assistance Fund (JCAF) receives monies that have been paid as dues to the four Denver Senior Coalition Chapters. Our non-profit members are invited to apply for these funds through an application and vetting process. At the December 8, 2021 Denver Senior Coalition holiday gathering we awarded the JCAF funds.
And the Joint Coalition Assistance Fund 2021 went to …
Aging Resources of Douglas County – ARDC is a one-stop, comprehensive aging center that provides services for older adults to age in community while maintaining independence and dignity. ARDC ensures that older adults have access to transportation, services, education, and resources. Our volunteer programs provide transportation, handyman, homemaker, and companionship. At the same time, our Resource Navigation call center connects residents with resources, information, and referrals that promote healthy outcomes.
Aging Resources would allocate the donation to our Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF). The fund provides one-time, as- needed financial support to seniors encountering unanticipated and burdensome expenses. Previous donations have been used to help our members cover the cost of emergency dental procedures, new prescriptions, and rent arrears. Many of our members have deferred routine care during the pandemic, and now require more emergent medical attention. We have also observed a significant increase in new\ member applications from folks experiencing severe financial precarity. A donation in support of the EAF would have a powerful impact on our service population this year.
Denver Inner City Parish – The Denver Inner City Parish loves and supports individuals and families in our community, empowering them to break the cycle of poverty. The word parish means “community” and the DICP is committed to building community and bringing people together through intentional programming and a relationship focus.
Denver Inner City Parish’s Seniors Program provides community and services for 120 older adults in Denver. Nearly all participants (91%) are single or widowed, with an average income of $700 per month and reside in subsidized housing. This scholarship would make it possible for us to provide a memorable trip to (ex. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Garden of the Gods) for our seniors. This scholarship would cover the trip costs including admission, hotel rooms, transportation and staffing. For many of our seniors a trip like this would be a once in their lifetime opportunity that they would not otherwise experience
Kavod Senior Life – Kavod Senior Life (Kavod) is a nonprofit organization serving older adults in Denver with housing and support services. Subsidized by HUD, Kavod offers affordable Independent and Assisted Living apartments to adults 62+. The average age on campus is 78, and the average income is $13,000, which is considered poverty level. We aim to help our 400 residents thrive through a broad range of equitable, holistic support services. These include onsite doctors, care coordination, technology, and more. Overall, Kavod is the sixth largest retirement community in Denver and has won several awards for our aging service excellence.
While we are not a memory care facility, Kavod still has residents who struggle with memory-related issues. We want to support these individuals as best we can so they can avoid premature moves and live their best life possible as long as possible on our campus. We have identified programs that help stimulate positive memories and joy in older adults with memory loss. These include Opening Minds through Art, Music & Memory (both national) and other music/arts performances that help individuals with experiential recall. Funds would be used to engage 50 or more residents in these programs in 2022.
If you have questions about the JCAF application guidelines and process, contact a JCAF COMMITTEE MEMBER of the Denver Senior Coalitions: Note: Non-profit Denver Senior Coalition members can apply for the JCAF award however, they must have joined the organization before the end of July of the year they are applying.