Young at Heart Programs Boosted by United Way Grants

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Young at Heart programs will get a boost thanks to grant money from the United Way of Southwest Wyoming.

ROCK SPRINGS — United Way of Southwest Wyoming awarded $136,620 in grant funds to Rock Springs Young at Heart Community Center for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

These grants help fund Young at Heart’s Special Diets, In-Home Services, and Early Learning Center programs.

The Special Diets program received a grant of $9,200 from the United Way.

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Through this program, homebound community members with special dietary needs receive a hot home delivered meal made just for them based on those needs, and gives them the option to continue living in their own homes.

These funds are used by Young at Heart to pay the $2.00 difference in the cost of a Special Diet home delivered meal from the hospital.

More than 5,000 Meals Provided

Last year, United Way funds helped Young at Heart to serve 5,203 meals to 37 individuals in Rock Springs and Green River.

The grant also pays a portion of the delivery driver’s salary for the year, and without this support the Special Diet Program would not exist.

The In Home Services Program was awarded a $76,820 grant.

This grant helps low income individuals of Sweetwater County receive case management, respite, homemaking, personal care, chore, safety home repairs, transportation to the grocery store or doctor, and prescription assistance.

Young At Heart has assisted 33 individuals with United Way funds in the last year.

In-Home Service Programs Support Independent Living

Young at Heart’s In Home Services and Special Diets programs align with United Way of
Southwest Wyoming’s Basic Needs initiative to provide quality services to support independent living for individuals and families in need.

The Young at Heart Early Learning Center was awarded a $50,600 grant. This program aligns with United Way of Southwest Wyoming’s goal of building and participating in collaborations that will affect a measurable increase in kindergarten readiness.

The ELC offers developmentally appropriate curriculum which includes play-based learning components to all children enrolled.

Staff work hand-in-hand with families to ensure that children’s early education needs are met and that the children are ready and able to transfer into their formal education as seamlessly as possible.

The ELC works with other community partners, such as CLIMB Wyoming and the Sweetwater County Child Development Center.

A child’s early learning experience sets the tone for their future education.

“The support of United Way of Southwest Wyoming enables us to continue to offer quality
early education services to our community,”  said ELC Director Rachelle Morris.

“With United Way’s help we are able to increase the impact of a positive early education experience in our community.”

“We are fortunate to have the support of United Way of Southwest Wyoming to be able to
provide these programs that meet the needs of community members, and we would like to
thank donors for their continued support of the United Way of Southwest Wyoming,” said Ryan Rust, Executive Director of Young at Heart.