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September 26, 2003 - Image 82

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-09-26

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Metropolitan Detroit is one of several
federations committed to the NORC
project nationwide. The money is ear-
marked for research on older adults'
needs as they age "andon developing a
network of community-based pro-
To address the needs of the aging pop-
grams that will support independent
•ulation of the community, the Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan Detroit has living, ultimately forestalling expensive
long-term care alternatives.
received a federal grant of approxi-
John Jacobs, chair of COJES,
mately $441,000 from the U.S.
explained that COJES would work
Department of Health and Human
with older adults and community
Services to fund a program known as
groups in the 10 Mile-Greenfield-
Naturally Occurring Retirement
Lincoln corri-
dor in the Oak
model for innova-
Southfield area
tive services to
to create the
enable older
NORC pro-
adults to age in
gram. This
place, this pro-
area was cho-
gram is to be
sen for the ini-
developed by
tial demonstra-
tion project
Commission on
due to its high
Jewish Eldercare
of older adults.
The program
At the recent
will develop
meeting of the
combined boards
and provide a
of Federation and
variety of serv-
United Jewish
Rep. Knollenberg sponsored the House bill.
ices designed
Foundation of
to promote
Detroit, Federation President Lawrence physical and emotional well-being in
older adults. Perry Ohren, formerly of
Jackier, welcomed and thanked Rep.
JVS, has been named director of the
Joe Knollenberg, R-Bloomfield
NORC program.
Township, for his sponsorship of the
The goals of the program are to
grant in the House of Representatives.
enable older adults to remain living in
Knollenberg has been a supporter of
their homes for as long as possible and
numerous legislative initiatives to ben-
to be involved in their communities.
efit the Jewish community, including
The program also seeks to involve the
services to older adults.
wider community with the older adults
Jackier also thanked Sens. Carl
through inter-generational, volunteer
Levin, D-Mich., and Debbie
and social activities. To accomplish
Stabenow, D-Mich., who supported
this, the program will seek partnerships
this grant request in the Senate.
with community businesses, religious
"This didn't happen overnight,"
congregations, homeowners, building
explained Jackier. "NORC is an inno-
associations, organizations and local
vative idea that's come to fruition here
in metro Detroit through a concerted
The plan is to create a replicable
effort by our congressional leaders
program model, conduct a formal eval-
working closely with community
uation process in collaboration with
liaisons; Linda Blumberg, director of
other NORC grantees, and dissemi-
COJES, and the Jewish Community
nate the results to other local commu-
nity groups and nationally as part of
In his remarks to the board,
the national NORC demonstration
Knollenberg stated that the funding is
a win-win development for communi-
Addressing the board, board member
ty and government working together
Jane Sherman also thanked
in leveraging resources. "When
Congressman Knollenberg for his sup-
Congress puts its stamp on a program,
port and assistance to JAFI (Jewish
you can be sure it gets more public
Agency for Israel) for the resettlement
attention, entices people and helps
of immigrants, many of whom come
produce incentive for contributions,"
from lands where they were persecut-
he said.
The Jewish Federation of

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