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To the Editor:

I would like to thank the city of Grosse Pointe Farms for its support of senior services through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. Its approval of $42,000 in CDBG funds for Services for Older Citizens will enable us to provide services to seniors of Grosse Pointe Farms and their families.

We anticipate providing more than 600 Grosse Pointe Farms seniors 5,000 hours of service with these funds. While these statistics speak for the money spent, they also each represent a face and a story that we are fortunate to get to know.

The money will be spent on minor home repairs, food, case coordination, information and assistance and meals on wheels. These are services that are needed, but beyond the services this money actually travels all the way to the heart of the seniors.

One 97-year-old Grosse Pointe Farms senior put it best after receiving a handmade Christmas tree from a Grosse Pointe Academy kindergarten class, “This was my best Christmas ever, thank you for thinking of me.” This came from a woman who had given up on celebrating, until we reached out to her through our meals on wheels program.

The friendship received every day from our volunteer sustains her almost as much as the food she receives.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to meet these wonderful people and answer the needs that they have.

Sharon Maier

Executive Director

Services

for Older Citizens

Sharon Maier
March 03, 2004

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