Community Foundation awards grant for senior and adult services in county

KPC NEWS SERVICE

FORT WAYNE – A grant from the Community Foundation of Noble County will help support a program geared toward seniors and incapacitated adults.

Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana has been awarded a grant in the amount of $2,500 by the Community Foundation of Noble County.

This grant will support the Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults (VASIA) guardianship program in Noble County. MHANI offers adult guardianship services for seniors and at-risk adults, including those with dementia, mental illness, intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities. MHANI’s professional guardians are nationally certified to provide advocacy and protective care for adults who are not able to make sound decisions on their own.

The grant will support the expansion of VASIA into Noble County. Since the program’s start in 2015, VASIA has only served individuals living in Allen County. Due to needs identified in surrounding, rural counties, MHANI has secured funding to expand VASIA services into Noble, Adams, DeKalb and Wells counties.

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