Humanities Foundation provides telehealth, meals and more…
Sustaining Seniors Aging in Place Program (SSAIP) is an innovative program in Charleston, SC, that includes Telehealth/Telemedicine and a food pantry that has delivered more than 400,000 free meals, accessible transportation and a community garden among its offerings.
GOOD NEWS FROM SSAIP
SSAIP (Sustaining Seniors Aging in Place) is a program developed in conjunction the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to provide health tele-monitoring in the Humanities Foundation’s senior properties. Currently 6 properties in Charleston and 1 property in Richmond Hill, Georgia, are receiving these services designed to help residents age in place successfully and thus be able to remain independent in their residences. Data received from the tele-monitoring program is housed in a secure server at MUSC and will be available to the resident or the primary care physician.
MUSC has provided a staff member, Dr. Kathy VanRavenstein, to spearhead the SSAIP program by providing nursing and physical therapy students who conduct supportive services, including video exercise programs and clinical monitoring. Dr. Van Ravenstein was awarded a $137,985 Duke Endowment to provide video physical therapy services and fit bits for humanities foundation senior residents in all 6 Charleston properties.
The Humanities Foundation has also negotiated two partnerships with nursing schools in Georgia and Northern Virginia. In each case, the nursing students will receive clinical experience in our properties. South University in Savannah will be providing nurse practitioner students quarterly to assist in monitoring residents at Ashleigh Place in Richmond Hill. Lord Fairfax Community College will partner with Mintbrook Senior Apartments in Bealeton when that property opens in late December.
RESIDENT SERVICES NEWS
Ashleigh Place in Richmond Hill, GA, has received several Horizon Housing Foundation Grants to support resident services in that community. These grants have enhanced the resident services program by providing a community garden, on-going resident activities such as movies, games, and educational programs, and a Holiday gathering for all residents and families, including a visit from Santa Claus.
Thanks to a grant from the Junior League of Charleston, residents at Seven Farms Village were treated to a wreath-making workshop on December 12. With assistance from the volunteers from the Junior League, the residents turned out beautiful holiday wreaths for their doors and for the property manager’s office.
COMING IN JANUARY
In partnership with the Lowcountry Food Bank, residents of the Charleston senior properties will have tours of their local grocery store with volunteers who will teach them how to shop for economical and healthy foods.
Humanities Foundation is pleased to announce the recent $10,000 grant award from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing South Carolina.
Funding from the National Fair Housing Alliance will support the Foundation’s ShelterNet emergency financial assistance program.
We are so excited to announce that Humanities Foundation has been awarded three developments in Virginia with a combined cost of more than $47 million dollars.It is the most that the Foundation has been awarded in any single year. The deals were funded via Low Income Housing Tax Credits administered by the Virginia Housing Development Authority. Humanities received the most tax credits of any developer in Virginia.
Mt. Pleasant, SC – Humanities Foundation has continued to expand both the scope and depth of resident services at all of their properties. “Every community has unique needs”, said Lamar Mowatt, Resident Services Coordinator for Humanities Foundation. “We strive to customize services to meet these particular needs.”
Petersburg, VA- Humanities Foundation has begun the construction of Cavalier Senior Apartments. These apartments will consist of 80 units for seniors and will be located on Cavalier Drive near Crater Road in Petersburg, VA. They will be built at a cost of more than $11 Million. Cavalier Senior Apartments will be the first Senior Apartments developed in Virginia by Humanities Foundation. “Demand for quality affordable senior housing is on the rise and we look forward to creating a beautiful and affordable housing option for seniors in Petersburg”, said Tracy Doran, President of Humanities Foundation.
Mount Pleasant, SC- On April 22, Humanities Foundation’s increasingly popular food pantry program reached a major milestone when the total amount of food delivered to residents since the program’s inception reached 100,000 pounds. “The food bank program has really taken off,” beamed Humanities Foundation President Tracy Doran. “We are so happy to be able to expand this program so rapidly to all of our Virginia residents.“
Richmond, VA – Humanities Foundation has completed Puddledock Place Apartments in Prince George County, VA. This affordable community for families is valued at more than $20,000,000 and was developed in two phases. Both phases filled up ahead of schedule and are now 100% leased. “We knew demand was strong, but these apartments leased up much faster than we thought, “said Tracy Doran, President of Humanities Foundation. “Phase Two leased up in less than two months. That is very impressive.”
Governor McAuliffe gave a lively, energetic speech to 700+ enthusiastic housers last Thursday during his first visit to the Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference. Just returned from a trade mission to Asia the evening before, McAuliffe frequently made the connection between housing and his pursuit of jobs and economic development for the Commonwealth.
Humanities Foundation would like to thank the following recent donors:
Daniel Island Community Fund $18,639
Coastal Community Foundation of SC $2,000
Sustaining Our Seniors of South Carolina $7,500
Realtors Housing Opportunity Fund $3,500
TD Charitable Foundation $2,500
City of Charleston Community Block Grants $10,000
City of North Charleston Community Block Grants $10,000
Mount Pleasant, SC – Humanities Foundation has been awarded two LIHTC senior developments in Virginia. They will be the first senior apartments developed by the Foundation in Virginia. Both developments will be Earthcraft Platinum Certified and elevator served and will be built utilizing Low Income Housing Tax Credits administered by the Virginia Housing and Development Authority.
May 13th was a red-letter day for The Humanities Foundation. At a press conference in Columbia the organization received a grant of $7,500 from “Sustaining Our Seniors”, former Lt. Governor McConnell’s initiative to assist seniors statewide in successfully aging in place. It was the first grant to be awarded by the new state fund.
The Humanities Foundation intends to use the SOS funds to conduct a needs assessment of residents and former residents in our affordable apartments to determine the risk factors for a senior’s becoming unable to live independently at home. Once these factors are identified, the Foundation will create strategic prevention and intervention initiatives to assist seniors in “aging in place.” The new program will be called “Supporting our Seniors Aging in Place” (SSAIP).
Richmond Hill, GA – Humanities Foundation has begun construction on its’ first development in the State of Georgia. Ashleigh Place, an 80 – unit development for seniors, will be located in Richmond Hill, Georgia and will be developed at a cost of $11.6 million utilizing LIHTC and state tax credits from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. HOME funds were also awarded and $2.4 million will be utilized for permanent financing. Ashleigh Place is being developed as a joint venture between Humanities Foundation and James Doran Company. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is the investor and the construction lender and the Richman Group is the the syndicator.
He walked into the room, head grayed, shoulders slumped, gaze downward. Mr. Barnes (name changed to protect confidentiality) was a Vietnam veteran living at one of Humanities Foundation’s affordable housing communities for older adults. He had been struggling to pay for food since his food stamp benefits were reduced from $150 per month to only $15 per month.
Responding to the flyers about the availability of fresh produce and staples from our emergency food pantry, Mr. Barnes came in that day, not really expecting to find much there. When he saw boxes of tomatoes, corn, eggplant, squash and more, along with canned goods, his face lit up with a smile. “Thank you so much,” he told the property manager. “Without this, I surely would not have enough to eat this month.”
Nine churches of different denominations hope to create a center of assistance for the Stuarts Draft community by “adopting” an apartment complex.
Mt. Pleasant, SC (April 18, 2014) – Humanities Foundation, a Mount Pleasant, SC-based developer of affordable housing, has been selected by Affordable Housing Finance (AHF) as one of the top 50 affordable housing developers in the United States. “We are honored to receive this recognition for the second time,” said Tracy Doran, President of Humanities Foundation. “As a nonprofit organization, we have been focused on our mission to end homelessness by increasing the availability of affordable housing, and this designation reflects our efforts toward growth.”
Members of the grants committee for the REALTORS® Housing Opportunities Fund of the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® presented a check for $3,500 to Humanities Foundation President, Tracy Doran. This grant will help to fund the ElderNet program, which is part of ShelterNet.
Laurel Hill Residents recently danced to hits from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s at the Laurel Hill Community Center at Laurel Hill Apartments in Port Royal, SC. Refreshments were served and everyone enjoyed a chance to get their groove on.
It is with great regret that Humanities Foundation announces the recent passing of one of our most knowledgeable and beloved board members. Donald Bryant Pardue, Jr. was 68 years old and died of natural causes. Don was born in Centralia, Illinois; after moving to Atlanta, Don graduated from Sandy Springs High School before serving valiantly in Vietnam. While serving in Vietnam, Don was awarded a Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign medal and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Don was promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant prior to his discharge from the US Army.