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Butler Community Hosted Kick-off Celebration for Newly Awarded Health and Wellness Grant

A group of seniors sitting around a table indoors, smiling and posing for a photo.
Two older women picking tomatoes from a table of produce.

The Springpoint Foundation celebrated a health and wellness grant awarded by the Citizen Bank Foundation. The health and wellness grant and additional funding from the Springpoint Foundation will support programs at the Butler Senior Affordable Housing Community focusing on crucial aspects of whole-person wellness needs, including emotional, social, spiritual, physical, and intellectual.

The Springpoint Foundation treated Butler Senior Community residents to a healthy luncheon, free Farmers Market produce, and a Samba Movement class to celebrate the Citizen Bank Foundation’s health and wellness grant. Each activity showcased the different types of programming that would now be available to Butler Senior Community residents through the Citizen Bank Foundation health and wellness grant.

Michael Oakes, Senior Vice President of the Springpoint Foundation, detailed this grant’s importance and impact on Affordable Housing residents. “The Citizen Bank Foundation’s health and wellness grant will support the Springpoint Foundation’s commitment to expanding programs and developing initiatives to benefit all Springpoint residents,” said Oakes. “Our goal is to provide residents at every Springpoint Affordable Housing community access to health and wellness programming.”

The Springpoint Foundation will utilize the grant to provide Butler Senior Community residents basic food pantry items, health care essentials, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Residents also receive access to health, wellness, and nutritional education materials and programming.

Farmer Markets: An innovative collaboration with a local farmer to deliver bulk items for on-site farmers markets in the community. On-site farmers markets ensure maximum resident participation while providing fresh fruits and vegetables, often unavailable to low-income seniors due to affordability or availability.

Health, Wellness, and Nutrition Literacy programming: Supporting programs that teach and demonstrate easy recipes using fruits and vegetables, resulting in increased wellness and improved overall health; hands-on cooking workshops, healthy community meals, lectures led by experts in health, nutrition, spirituality, and wellness; and opportunities to get active.

Community Engagement: To reduce feelings of isolation often experienced by seniors and worsened during the pandemic. Programs include games, crafts, horticulture-based activities, cooking demonstrations, and exercise programs. Residents will be encouraged to participate in all activities and social interactions.

Butler Senior Community resident, Maggie Parkinson, appreciates and understands the impact the grant will have on Affordable Housing residents. “It will benefit those residents who are open to taking advantage of it,” said Parkinson. “It is a marvelous program. Residents will receive fresh food and encouragement to focus on their health and wellness.”

The Springpoint Foundation is committed to serving all seniors in 19 Springpoint Affordable Housing communities and providing them with non-perishable food pantry basics and health care essentials. Learn more about The Springpoint Foundation’s Affordable Housing Support.

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