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COA Receives Hurricane Response and Relief Grant


nafcgrantThe Osceola Council On Aging was awarded a grant for $150,000 from Direct Relief and the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics for its work in providing assistance to those affected by Hurricane Irma. The grant will help offset some of the expenses the Council On Aging incurred during the time that so many were negatively impacted by the hurricane.
"Recovery from major disasters continues long after the headlines disappear," said Damon Taugher, Director of U.S. Programs for Direct Relief. "With the start of the 2018 hurricane season just days away, many communities are still healing from 2017's devastating storms. Direct Relief's hope with this latest round of funding is that Free and Charitable Clinics will not only be able to repair and recover from past emergencies but become more resilient to disasters in the future."
These grants are distributed through the Hurricane Community Health Fund, which was set up by Direct Relief in the aftermath of the Hurricanes to be used solely for the benefit of hurricane-affected communities and people – particularly those who have low incomes, lack insurance, and are among the most vulnerable residents.
The funding we have received will support our hurricane efforts in Osceola County and specifically, support the Council on Aging as we continue to rebuild, recover lost supplies and medication and most importantly allow us to continue and expand providing care to our patients and our communities; many of whom are still dealing with the aftermath of these storms, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

We are thankful for the support from Direct Relief and the NAFC for their recognition of the continued need as we continue our important work providing care to those in need in our community.