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Blue Grass Community Action Partnership was founded in 1965 with the mission to work with low-income citizens, including the elderly and disabled, to seek out, identify and eliminate the causes of poverty in each community. The agency offers: Aging Services thorugh Senior Citizens Centers, Adult Day/Alzheimer's Respite Centers, Senior Companion Program, Homecare, and the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). These programs offer a wide range of services for socialization, respite for primary caregivers, in-home services and employment oppourtunities for individuals 55 years old and older. Bluegrass Ultra-transit Service (BUS) - a transportation program operating in eleven rural central KY counties. Child Development (Head Start) with over 300 children served daily through six Head Start Centers and two day care centers. Community Development Services - providing assistance for households in crisis in nine counties in central KY. Weatherization Services are offered to eligible clients. These services include making necessary repairs to the client's residence for energy reduction, health and safety reasons. Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) provides housing and supportive services to individuals/households living with HIV/AIDS in seven KY counties. Supportive Housing Program (SHP) provides housing opportunities, support and counseling for homeless families and individuals with disabilities in three KY counties. Elder Nutrition Program (ENP) provides management for congregate, homecare and home delivered meals for 20 centers/nutrition sites located within seventeen counties in KY. The program's goal is to deliver quality meals to participants ages 60 years and older to ensure at least one-third of their daily recommended dietary needs are met.
The Senior Companion Program (SCP), funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and local United Ways, provides free in-home supportive person-to-person services for adults having special needs, developmental disabilities or critical needs for companionship. The Senior Companion Program exists to improve the quality of life and self-sufficiency of persons age 60 and older. The program provides volunteer service opportunities for seniors. Volunteers are trained to provide free in-home care to clients in their communities. Typical services provided by the volunteers may include: meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry assistance, personal grooming, reading/writing assitance for visual impaired, escort to doctor or personal appointments, shopping/errands, medication reminder, companionship - peer support and socialization, and respite for primary caregivers. All volunteers receive training and free transportation or mileage reimbursement. If volunteers are income eligible they may also receive a tax-free stipend for the hours served. Volunteers usually serve an average of 20 hours per week.
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