Thursday, July 22, 2010

Nutritious Meals for the Elderly: Hope Connections Supported by the Howard E. Hill Foundation

The Howard E. Hill Foundation, Inc. of Belle Glade is helping Hope Connections in providing nutritious meals to hundreds of elderly residents of Hendry and Glades counties.

The Foundation has awarded a grant of $20,000 to Hope Connections, a program of Hope Healthcare Services.

Through the program, people age 60 and older in Glades and Hendry counties receive vital help in their daily lives. Services include hot meals, personal care, homemaker services, household chores, transportation, medical equipment, counseling and emergency response systems.

In the past year, Hope Connections provided more than 35,000 meals to residents. The Hill Foundation grant will help the agency to continue to provide that vital service.

“For many residents of Glades and Hendry counties, Hope Connections is their only source of a nutritious meal every day,” according to Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “We are deeply grateful to the Hill Foundation for giving us their generous and much-needed support.”

The Foundation is named in honor of Dr. Howard E. Hill of Belle Glade, who practiced veterinary medicine and became deeply involved in helping local families obtain affordable housing. In his memory, the Foundation recognizes that a strong community supports the residents within it.

According to Hill Foundation Vice President Jennifer E. Mailman, “Our goal is to help other entities to sustain our target areas of West Palm Beach, Hendry and Glades counties. We are pleased to support Hope Connections in meeting the needs of so many people, honoring the wishes of my grandfather.”