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Council Action Sends Funding Support to Seniors

COLUMBUS-OH] One of the final actions taken during the March 16, 2020, Council meeting sent $12,000 in relief funding to local service organizations supporting Columbus’ seniors. Councilmember Mitchell J. Brown sponsored ordinance 0738-2020 to expedite the funds.

"There is tremendous work being offered by our the social services agencies across our community," said Councilmember Brown. "Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County and the Greater Columbus Network of Villages have strategies to provide supplemental support to older adults in Columbus."

The funding will assist older adults with groceries, water, pet supplies and sanitary products. It will also create a dedicated phone line for volunteers to speak to residents who feel isolated. The Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center (CRC) administers the citywide program.

Beginning today, March 19, 2020, the following services will be available:

Necessity Boxes
Older adults in greater Columbus in need of food and supplies can call the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center at 614-268-3539. Delivery is available twice a week, and pick-up is available Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm at CRC.

  • Requesting Boxes
  • Volunteer Protocols
  • Boxes will include a rotation of items as availability allows. Potential items include:

Friendly Phone Line
The Friendly Phone Line, 614-993-3614 is available to older adults in greater Columbus who are looking for friendly conversation and social connection. 

The Friendly Phone Line is intended to combat loneliness during this unprecedented time of social distancing. These calls are NOT intended to be a space to provide counseling, case management, or health information/recommendations.

  • Phone number set up through Grasshopper

"Now more than ever, it is important that we support the most vulnerable in our community," said Brown. "I encourage all residents to contact older family members and friends to express support during this period of isolation."

Christine Happel, Director of The Greater Columbus Network of Villages, commented, "We are working hard to provide non-duplicative services with broad availability to swiftly meet the ever-changing needs in the community."

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