PEQUOT LAKES — Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers, a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 that provides “basic needs” services to help seniors in Crow Wing County and surrounding areas, announces two grants totaling $20,000 for the fourth quarter of 2011.
Grants of $10,000 each were received from the Hallett Charitable Trusts, Edina, and the Otto Bremer Foundation, St. Paul. According to Tim McCarthy, LAIC Director, these two grants capped off a successful year of donations from both foundations and individuals.
McCarthy stated, “Our entire organization is deeply grateful for the generosity given by these two organizations. Their support provides the resources for our more than 400 volunteers to help more seniors continue to enjoy life in the comfort of their own home by providing rides, home improvements, meals and other basic needs.”
Each month, LAIC receives an average of 100 calls for assistance for services that include building home access ramps; providing transportation, making modifications to improve home safety and providing meals and routine home maintenance. It’s estimated that LAIC saves Minnesota taxpayers hundreds of thousand of dollars each year by preventing unnecessary nursing home placement. In addition, LAIC’s services provide the dignity associated with maintaining one’s independence and being an active participant in one’s community.