Elderbridge provides stats, budget request to county

Greene County receives a great return on investment for the dollars it provides to Elderbridge Agency on Aging. Robert Amman of Elderbridge told the supervisors that Elderbridge spends $23.21 in the county for every $1 of county funds received.

Elderbridge Agency on Aging serves 29 counties. Its most visible program in Greene County is the congregate and home-delivered meal program. Elderbridge also funds homemaker services and personal care services through the Greene County Medical Center public health department.

Amman met with the supervisors Nov. 20 to provide an annual report and to request funds for FY19. His was the first presentation for the FY budget cycle. He requested $7,256 for FY19, calculated as $2.85 per county resident age 60 and older.

He reported that 9,049 meals were served and another 12,045 meals were sent out for home delivery from the Greenewood meal site in Jefferson during the year ending June 30.

Another 1,298 meals were served at the Scranton site, with 1,892 sent out for delivery. The Scranton site was closed at the end of June. Amman said Elderbridge has closed 11 sites this year to work through a $200,000 reduction (4.25 percent) reduction in federal funding. Sites with average daily participation of six or fewer senior participants were closed.

Elderbridge also reduced hourly staff, froze the wages of salaried staff, reduced allowed travel, and brought in tenants in some office locations.

The supervisors took no action on his request.

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