Aftenro, a licensed boarding care home for the elderly located in Duluth, has received a $20,000 Ordean Foundation Catalyst Grant to repair the van that it uses to transport residents to events around town.
Aftenro provides care for 54 residents, many of whom need support as they attend doctor's appointments, shop, or socialize at an ice cream shop. The grant makes it possible for these residents to live fully within the Duluth community.
"Aftenro is most thankful to be awarded an Ordean Catalyst grant," said Amy Porter of Aftenro. "The funds are helping Aftenro stay true to its mission to enhance the quality of life and independence of its residents in a homelike atmosphere through professional nursing and supportive services.
"The award comes at the most opportune moment. With the funds, Aftenro will be able to restore the bus to a usable capacity. Without the use of the bus, the residents have missed their ability to stay actively connected to their community."
The grant was written with the support of UMD Writing Studies student Greta Glowacki. Glowacki supported Aftenro in preparing the grant application and in attending the virtual site visit from the Ordean Foundation's director, Don Ness. Since the early 1970s, the Ordean Foundation has awarded more than $55 million in grants to local nonprofits.
"The Ordean Foundation is appreciative of Aftenro’s commitment to the wellbeing of their tenants," Ness said. "The ability for these seniors to use this bus service encourages a sense of independence and continued connection within the community. Ordean is proud to support Aftenro’s service to seniors grounded in dignity and grace."