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Grant will help address elder health care workforce shortage

Wednesday, August 9, 2017  
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To address the Lansing Region’s elder health care workforce shortage, Burcham Hills designed the “Volunteer to Employee Pathway Program” initiative.  Now, a $20,000 Impact Grant from the Community Foundation will help Burcham Hills bring candidates into its community as volunteers and educate them on the benefits of working in elder health care. 

Launching this fall, the program aims to overcome negative stigmas associated with working in elder care as well as provide an educational and enriching experience through hands-on training to help recruit future employees.  After completing the volunteer portion of the program, interested participants will be eligible to apply for paid positions and tuition assistance.

The Community Foundation grant and Burcham Hills’ matching support will be used for the program’s education, training, equipment and outreach efforts throughout the tri-county region.

“Success of the program will put more people in place to care for our elderly,” says Lesa Smith, The Foundation at Burcham Hills director.  “The Foundation at Burcham Hills extends its gratitude to the Community Foundation for its support.”

The Community Foundation received 34 preliminary grant applications and selected 15.  The Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity that serves charitable needs and enhances quality of life in Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties.


Founded in 1974, Burcham Hills®, a not-for-profit, Life Plan Community, offers quality independent living, assisted living and memory care in The Resident Center at Burcham Hills, and short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing care in The Center for Health & Rehabilitation at Burcham Hills.  Burcham Hills also offers onsite physical, occupational and speech therapy to the public in The Outpatient Therapy Clinic at Burcham Hills.  The Foundation at Burcham Hills, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), was incorporated in 1998 and accepts tax-deductible contributions from corporations, businesses and individuals.


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