Welcome to summer!
Our major funding for fiscal year 2014 has now been identified and our budget prepared and approved by the Board of Directors. We have received cuts in funding in three of our four major service areas and must work diligently monitoring expenses, looking for added funding options to close the gaps, and in reviewing service areas for possible cuts in service.
Transportation is one of our largest programs and received $76,000 in cuts from the Federal Transit Administration. The majority of those cuts were in our volunteer driver program ($47,700), although our bus service also received cuts totaling $26,718 on our bus service. Both of those programs provide essential rides for individuals who have no other transportation option. Although we have identified funding to cover a portion of the loss (a private foundation has provided $20,000 in funding for this year) we have not been able to cover the total shortfall. As a result, the reimbursement rate we provide our volunteer drivers has been cut from $.555 to $.50 effective July 1st. We must now look at other steps we will need to take to insure we are able to cover expenses. Although our goal is to retain all service, like any other business we must live within our means. We will do all that we can to provide rides and retain services. We are hopeful the community will support our efforts through donations, volunteering to provide rides, and by contacting local officials to ask them to provide funds.
Family Services received a cut in funding as the Juvenile Justice Grant we had received for four years was no longer available. The result was a reduction in funding of $32,250 for that program. SullivanCounty did provide a small increase in funding ($1,750) but once again we find ourselves in the position of needing to identify alternative funding options in order to provide services at the current level. We offer the only accredited Youth Diversion Program in our County and we know the programs and services we offer are much better alternatives for youth than court records. Adolescents make mistakes and we help them grow and learn from those mistakes – without long term negative implications they face with a criminal record. And we still hold them accountable.
Trusting Hands Home Health Care is our Agency’s fully licensed home care option. With a mission of keeping patients safe, happy, and healthy at home Trusting Hands works with seniors who need some level of support to remain independent. Whether it be something as simple as having a homemaker companion take care of the light housekeeping, laundry, shopping, or other similar duties, to having a licensed nursing assistant or skilled nurse provide more skilled and personalized care Trusting Hands plays a vital role in our Community for a very at-risk population. Trusting Hands ended a contractual relationship it had to provide services under Title XX and Title IIIB (federal) grant funding but will continue to provide services through Medicare, NH Medicaid, private pay, and third party insurances. As the number of seniors in our region and our state climbs we see the need for home care supports increasing as well. Although our program is small, it is very team oriented and patient focused and we receive high marks from our patients about the care we provide.
We see the need for our services each and every day. We work with individuals who want to remain at home, which is exactly what our mission is. We provide the resources, expertise, and commitment to assist people in meeting their needs to maintain quality of life, productivity, and independence. Our services are critical to a healthy community.
Please read the blogs our Directors have provided on this site, along with Matt Blanc’s update.
I’m certain you’ll find them informative and interesting and do hope they help you better understand what we do.
Barbara H. Brill, Executive Director
(603) 863-7708 ext. 3501