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Guardianship program receives grant funding

Seneca County Public Guardianship Program has received $55,000 in grant funding from Allen Eiry Fund for 2020.

The program provides 24/7 services for people 55 years and older who live in Seneca County, are indigent and have been declared legally incompetent or suffer from a disability, according to a release from Seneca County Juvenile and Probate Court.

The fund’s support made it possible to serve 30 senior citizens last year, the release states.

The program was restructured and intends to expand this year by providing services to even more vulnerable seniors at no charge, according to the release.

It serves as an advocate, monitors health and safety, assists with attending doctor appointments and paying bills, makes educated decisions regarding medical and financial issues, connects people with resources and assists with placement, according to the release.

In the release, Director Jay Rishty said he has the privilege to help many seniors in the community who cannot help themselves.

“For many, I am like family or a trusted friend. Because of the generosity of the Allen Eiry Fund, I can continue to serve so many in our community who need help but lack the necessary resources to find it on their own,” he said.

In the release, Judge Jay Meyer of Seneca County Juvenile and Probate Court expressed appreciation for Columbus Foundation and local Allen Eiry Fund Advisory Committee members for their continued support.

“I am so proud of the great services our Public Guardianship Program provides to our community, and we will continue to use the Allen Eiry Fund dollars to maintain the standard of excellence that our seniors and our community deserve,” he said.

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