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Nonprofit discontinues senior services
A longtime nonprofit is ending two programs for seniors by the end of this month.
Gerontology Network in Grand Rapids, a provider of health, wellness and enrichment services for seniors, said this month that it has decided to discontinue its Outreach and Assistance and CareTree programs.
The nonprofit does not anticipate any changes to its Older Adult Volunteer programs or Life Connections programs at this time.
People employed through the two discontinued programs may face layoffs, and the nonprofit has worked with other area agencies to place the employees with other organizations.
Gerontology Network is making every effort to help employees affected by the changes, including job fairs and job placement assistance, said Craig Clark, a spokesperson for Gerontology Network.
Gerontology Network is not confirming the number of employees impacted by the decision, but an estimated 100 to 150 clients were affected by the move.
The health and wellness provider is working with funding sources to ensure a smooth transition for clients who participated in the programs.
Gerontology Network said clients receiving case management services through Network 180 may be eligible to continue similar services through Community Living Support, while those participating in the Outreach and Assistance program are urged to contact Senior Neighbors with their needs and inquiries.
The CareTree program is an adult day center which provides therapeutic activities: exercise classes, brain aerobics, enrichment classes and educational and entertainment events.
Search for partners
Affiliated with the Porter Hills retirement community, Gerontology Network informed staff, clients and vendors last year that it was facing financial and organization challenges, which resulted in the network’s pursuit of potential partners and ownership opportunities with local organizations.
Operating on an individual program basis, one partnership resulted in the transition of the network’s case management program to Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in April.
Despite the partnership between Pine Rest and Gerontology Network for the case management program, after completing its due diligence for maintaining the Outreach and Assistance and CareTree programs, the nonprofit was unable to find a strategic partner for the programs.
Martha Blandford, chair of the board of directors at Gerontology Network, and Gary Gonzales, chief executive officer of the network, sent out a statement to the organization’s clients in June, announcing the decision to end the programs.