St. Mary's County Commissioners Approve Multiple Grant Awards

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have approved three grant awards for the Department of Aging & Human Services totaling more than $19,000 for multiple local programs.

The Senior Citizen Activities Center Operating Fund (also known as Senior Center Operating Fund-SCOF) is an $11,715 grant offered to Senior Activity Centers developing new, innovative senior center programs. Director Lori Jennings-Harris told the Commissioners that the Garvey Senior Activity Center has developed the GeriFit program, a strength training program for older adults; the Northern Senior Activity Center has developed Senior Matters, a program that addresses health and wellness; and the Loffler Senior Activity Center has the SMC Virtual Senior Activity Center, an online platform to engage older adults in remote fitness classes.

The FY2021 Additional Level One Screens Grant of $6134 from the Maryland Department of Aging supports the administrative and staffing costs associated with a potential influx in Level One Screens. The screenings are for individuals who may want in home care rather than in a long-term care facility.

The Money Follows the Person (MFP) Options Counseling grant will support the operation of MFP Options Counseling services performed by St. Mary's County, and provides support for nursing home facility residents who want to return to the St. Mary's County community. This grant award is in the amount of $1,250.

Commissioner decisions and related public documents are available on the county government website in BoardDocs. St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meetings may be viewed live Tuesday mornings on SMCG Channel 95 or as a replay Friday nights at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on the St. Mary’s County Government YouTube Channel.

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