The Arc Prince George’s County Selected for 2023 Thome Aging Well Grant

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Contact: Denise Stokes dstokes@thearcofpgc.org (301) 693-3306 Mobile

The Arc Prince George’s County Selected for 2023 Thome Aging Well Grant

Improving Healthy Aging for Older Adults with Disabilities

(UPPER MARLBORO, Md) – October 11, 2023 – The Arc Prince George’s County was recently awarded a 2023 Thome Aging Well grant to support the expansion of modernizing six existing group homes for older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Thome Aging Well program is a four-year, $19 million initiative from Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) to help older adults living in affordable communities age safely and securely at home.

“We are grateful to Enterprise Community Partners for providing us with the financial resources to ensure people with disabilities have accessible housing. It validates our mission and fuels our potential to play a pivotal role in ensuring a better quality of life as individuals we serve age in place,” says Rob Malone, CEO, The Arc Prince George’s County. Funded by the Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation, Bank of America trustee, the program awarded $6 million in grants this year to scale aging-in-place initiatives with a track record of success by 22 nonprofits in Maryland and Michigan.

In total, the 2023 Thome Aging Well grants will provide essential support to over 6,000 older adults to help enhance well-being, reduce isolation and allow them to age with dignity in their homes. Best practices learned from the grantees will be shared across the field of affordable and public housing providers serving older adults.

“There is a deep need for continued support of organizations that serve the growing population of older adults who want to age in their homes and communities,” said Stephany De Scisciolo, VP, Impact, Evaluation, and Population Health at Enterprise. “For this round of grants, we built on our previous success and extended the grant opportunity to any organization providing home-based services, including those who help older adults modify their homes to make it easier for them to continue to age in place.”

About The Arc: Since its creation in 1952, The Arc has led the county in establishing special education programs and developing opportunities for advancement and inclusion in the community. The Arc Prince George’s County

mission is to be an inclusive organization that provides a lifetime of support, understanding, and opportunities to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

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