About a month ago, we were informed that AgeWell Pittsburgh, a unique collaborative effort through which JF&CS supports seniors in our community, was selected as the grand prize winner of the 2017 Lodestar Foundation Collaboration Prize! This national prize was developed to “spotlight exceptional permanent models of collaboration among nonprofit organizations” in creative ways that better serve their communities. AgeWell Pittsburgh was selected from among some 350 applicants. In receiving this award, AgeWell Pittsburgh has effectively been named the most successful collaborative program in the nation!
Formed 14 years ago, AgeWell Pittsburgh is a joint effort of JF&CS, the Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Association on Aging. Together we serve 8,000 seniors with more than 20 services, including home-delivered meals, counseling, home care, transportation assistance and social opportunities. AgeWell Pittsburgh services have enabled 96% of participants to stay active and live independently.
“America as a country is getting older,” says our President and CEO, Jordan Golin, “and the financial resources to assist seniors are limited. So it was critical for us to work together and create an innovative system through which seniors can stay healthy, independent and engaged in the community.”
Agewell Pittsburgh has spawned several similar partnerships across the country, and we are proud of our AgeWell Pittsburgh staff for their work and for the imagination and dedication it takes to create such a unique partnership.
We also want to recognize our two wonderful AgeWell Pittsburgh partners: the Jewish Association on Aging and the Jewish Community Center. The Collaboration Grand Prize awards $150,000 to be shared by the agency partners.
Finally, our heartfelt gratitude goes to the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh for their continued critical support. It’s an honor and a privilege to share this recognition with all of them.
JF&CS has always been an innovative agency that strives for program excellence in everything that we do. And many of our programs create connections and partnerships with other service organizations. With many hands and minds, we work to best serve our community.
Information about AgeWell Pittsburgh services for seniors in our community can be found at the AgeWell website (http://www.agewellpgh.org) or by calling the AgeWell Pittsburgh hotline at 412-422-0400.
Once again, congratulations AgeWell Pittsburgh!