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March 11, 2013

Grant to give aid to elderly women in crisis

NEWBURYPORT — Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. has been awarded over $20,000 by the Newburyport Society for the Relief of Aged women to establish a Crisis Stabilization Program for Newburyport Elder Women.

Elder Services’ requested the support to fund the Crisis Stabilization Program to best meet the needs of those women in Newburyport, Newbury and Salisbury who are at the highest level of risk and have the greatest unmet needs.

“The Newburyport Society for Aged Women steps in and acts with extraordinary kindness and compassion. They meet women, listen to their stories, and not only give them practical support requested but additional assistance to help them move forward with their lives,” said Kim Flowers, Elder Services clinical outreach specialist in a news release.

The mission of the Newburyport Society for the Relief of Aged Women, a private not-for-profit foundation established in 1835 and formally incorporated in 1839, is to serve needy women, 60 years and older. These women have been designated Newburyport-area residents for at least one year or former Newburyport residents who were forced to relocate for financial or medical reasons.

Priority will be given to women who demonstrate indigent status or acute need for assistance. The society will utilize all resources to serve identified elderly women in the Newburyport area, including collaborative efforts with established agencies that provide such services.

This Crisis Stabilization Program will be modeled on a very effective program ESMV developed and has been using in the greater Haverhill area since 2009, where they have successfully stabilized at-risk individuals and fostered independence for over 100 individuals.

For more information, contact Pati Fernandez at, 978-457-0737.

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