Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES) recently received a $5,000 grant from the Everett Citizens Foundation in support of the MVES Social Engagement Program.
“Thanks to the grant from the Everett Citizen Foundation, the Social Engagement Program has been able to reach out to many lonely and isolated seniors in the community and provide them with friendly conversations and feelings of social connectedness which is vitally important during these challenging times,” says Social Engagement Program Coordinator Linda Cornell.
Open to MVES consumers, the Social Engagement Program is designed to help improve the health and well-being of isolated older adults in the community by providing meaningful social connection—whether it be through regular visits (when safe to do so), telephone calls, or email.
“Fostering closer relationships between the City of Everett and local organizations like MVES, who provide direct support and services to our residents, is precisely the reason I pushed for the establishment of the Everett Citizens Foundation. Since its inception, the ECF has provided grants to 50 local organizations and I want to thank the members of the Board for their diligence and our partners at Encore Boston Harbor for their financial support,” said Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria.
“The ability to engage socially is vital to the health and wellbeing of individuals. We are inherently social beings. I am very proud that the Everett Citizens Foundation voted to provide financial support to MVES’s Social Engagement Program,” said Matthew Lattanzi, Esq., Staff Support to the Everett Citizen Foundation.
The Everett Citizens Foundation was established by the Host Community Agreement between the City of Everett and Wynn Resorts that was approved by the voters of Everett in 2013. The Foundation receives an annual payment of $250,000 from Encore Boston Harbor, which is distributed among local groups, associations, and programs with important City initiatives.
If you are interested in knowing more about Mystic Valley Elder Services’ Social Engagement Program or other programs, please visit mves.org or call 781-324-7705.