Senior Services 2021 Annual Report
2021 started on an exciting note when COVID-19 vaccinations were given emergency authorization by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). Senior Services staff spent hours working with the Calhoun County Public Health Department and CareWell Services scheduling older adults for vaccinations, managing the waitlist, and staffing vaccination clinics. Thanks to these efforts, over 70% of adults ages 60 and older in Calhoun County have been fully vaccinated.
Numbers at a Glance
|Number of seniors served with
|Amount spent by Senior Services
for county seniors
|Number of mini-grants awarded|
The 16 mini-grants awarded to community organizations totaled $65,092. Those organizations include:
- Albion Community Gardens
- Albion Health Care Alliance
- Bedford Township
- The Bohm Theater
- CareWell Services
- City of Albion
- City of Marshall
- EastEnd Studio & Gallery
- Kingdom Builders
- Lee Township
- Marshall Lion Club
- Neighborhoods, Inc.
- Substance Abuse Council
- Talons Out Honor Flight
- Walk the Beat
Centenarians of Calhoun County
Coninuing the tradition of celebrating Calhoun County's residents who have reached the impressive mileastone of turning 99 or older, the Centenarians of Calhoun County project was launched. Senior Services staff and Senior Millage Allocation Committee members interviewed 24 Calhou County centenarians about their lives, and BluFish Consulting took professional photos of each centenarian. The project culminated with a summer receiption at the Marshall United Methodist Church, where centenarians, their family and friends, and the public were invited to view the display boards and booklets with each centenarian's picture and story inside. The event, and project itself, was a smashing success and touched the hearts of all those involved. Since the summer, a few of the centenarians have passed away and their families has used their pictures or biographies in their obituary.
The Joanne Konkle Lifetime Leadership Award
The 2021 Joanne Konkle Lifetime Leadership Award was given to Linda Grap, retiring director of Senior Health Partners, a position she held for seventeen years. Linda was nominated by her staff at Senior Health Partners, and her longtime friend and colleague, Carl Gibson.
Senior Stratiegic Projects
As a taxing entity, Senior Millage receives revenue from FireKeepers Casino and Personal Property Tax Reimbursement from the State of Michigan. After a yearlong conversation, the Senior Millage Allocation Committee voted to use these revenue streams to fund Senior Strategic Projects. This one-time funding is meant to inspire innovation and better the lives of Calhoun County seniors. Two projects were awarded funding in 2021:
- Albion Health Care Alliance: renovations of space at Albion College to hold a regular food distribution, funding of a part-time coordinator, and the purchase of food to start a food pantry.
- Heritage Commons Senior Enrichment Center: grant to CareWell Services for the renovation of the former Goodwill space in the Marshall Plaza as a permanent location for the Marshall senior center. A spring 2022 opening date is anticipated.
Click here for a PDF of the 2021 annual report