Need For the Grant
The purpose of this grant is to develop a successful senior center which is “ Continental Senior Center “ for the aged and aging men and women of the community of Westminster. In Westminster over 60 % of the citizens are over 60 years of age. According to the latest community development research and analysis it has been revealed that this population will experience a boom in population where in which the there will be an increase in the percentage of senior citizens as compared to young adults and middle aged citizens.
The purpose of “ Continental Senior Center “ is to promote the formation of a haven in which senior citizens can easily be accommodated and assisted in their day to day needs and domestic issues which include health insurance information and housing. These issues must be dealt by each and every responsible citizen of every community. As these citizens who have passed the prime of their life face increasing difficulties in such matters the “ Continental Senior Center mission is to serve and assist an ever increasing population in these matters.
In order to accommodate and provide exceptional community services to a increasingly growing population of seniors the organization “ Continental Senior Center “ would need the amount of $ 500 000 to initiate and expand community based projects and programs to meet the needs of the community of Westminster.
With the help of this financial assistance existing programs and projects would be extended on a larger scale, new programs would be initiated for catalyzing community development purposes. The organization is already providing informational and referral services to senior citizens of the community. These projects encompass various services and offer a case by case management three days a week such as taxes ,housing and health insurance
Apart from the above mentioned major service the organization also provides other services related to other issues and concerns. The organization needs to ensure that these services are made available and are also easily accessible to a large segment of population of the citizens so as to promote success full aging throughout the community.
These objectives may be secured if there was an expansion in the development venture and establishment of the new programs. The existing projects and programs have promoted and encouraged senior teachers , leaders and learners not only within the center itself but also throughout the community in Westminster to contribute their respective share with the intention of developing the community.
In addition to this there are those seniors in certain parts of the community especially in farfetched areas from the heart of Westminster who due to either locality or lack of awareness are insulated from assisting services in matters which may be easily confusing and misunderstanding to our seniors.
Also the system of operations within these projects and programs need to be extended and made more convenient , so that information can be easily be made available but most importantly easily comprehended by senior citizens and there family members.
Problems Being Faced
Each and every organization faces certain problems and setbacks. “Continental Senior Center “is no exception. However these problems and areas of concerns are easily manageable through the proper assistance. The problems faced by the organization range from different degrees of severance.
A major setback is office space and areas of operations. Operations need to be extended throughout the community so that more citizens can take advantage and use of the organizations service. Senior citizens face problems in commuting through the city center therefore if regional offices could be made available in more parts of the communities and in various neighborhoods, these services could be made more easily accessible.
In addition to this the facilities that are available to old age people in the community center have become quite obsolete and cannot be used by old age people as there is a constant threat that they may fall and paralyze themselves by using these things.
Due to the number, nature and complexity of certain matters of health insurance and housing proper management is lacking with respect to the number of cases that can be put forward during the three days of the week in which case by case services are provided . The potential of organization in case by case management has not been completely exploited due to limited staff and trained employees in matters of health insurance , health etc.
Lack of trained and qualified personals within the organizations service programs has resulted in a large waiting period for services in case management. Not only that but certain cases have been turned down numerous times due to lack of personal to the ratio of citizens that require assistance.
Lack of awareness within certain parts of the community have rendered certain member within the community helpless in these matters. Our organizations mission need to be spread throughout the community so as to make the organizations services exercised and used by those that may need it most. (Gary, 2003)
Furthermore the general public comprising of senior citizens need be made aware that certain organizations and centers exist for the sole purpose of their assistance and ease. “ Continental Senior Center “ has played a vital role in community matters , events and services for the greater population of the community and would like to instate an even greater and much trusted role throughout the community.
Summary of Grant Proposal
Ensuring that that the proposal is detailed to an extent where in which the purpose can easily be comprehended , understood and in some cases easily related to. Mention the needs and problem which have resulted in a grant proposal should be layered and if possible should contain certain statistics that can further cement the request. Also the recommendations and counseling that can be made in order to incorporate improvements in the entire agenda and plan through which community development programs can easily and conveniently be fulfilled.