Deltassist is getting a $75,000 boost in funding for its seniors’ programs courtesy of the City of Delta. (Grace Kennedy photo)

Delta to give Deltassist $75,000 for seniors programs

The funding will replace a grant from United Way that’s set to expire next year

Delta council unanimously approved Deltassist’s request for additional funding to help make up for the loss of a grant that supported seniors programming in the community.

Deltassist’s request for an additional $75,000 in annual funding came after the organization learned that it will no longer be receiving funding via United Way’s United in Change grant.

The funding was used to support Deltassist’s phone shopping and daily phone support programs, as well as portions of the information and referral services and seniors counselling program for years. The grant also provided for the Better at Home program, which offers non-medical supports such as light housekeeping, basic home repair, yard work and rides to medical appointments for a fee on a sliding scale based on income. (United Way manages the Better at Home programs province-wide in more than 90 communities.)

However, decreased donations have forced United Way to re-align their funding, resulting in Deltassist’s core funding being cut 50 per cent in 2019 and eliminated completely in 2020.

READ MORE: Deltassist looking to city to support seniors’ programs

Meanwhile, Deltassist is at “maximum capacity to offer subsidized services,” executive director Julie Chadwick wrote in her letter to council requesting the additional funding. Chadwick wrote that in order to stay on budget with the funds it has received through United Way, the organization has had to reduce services to existing clients, all while another 40 new clients sit on a wait-list for subsidized services.

“We provide the main social services in Delta, across the age range,” Chadwick told the Reporter in September. “And we have for a long time. And that money has allowed us to [help] a lot of seniors.

“Our population in Delta continues to age,” she continued. “So there’s going to be more people that are going to be needing those services.”

On Monday, Dec. 10, council voted to give Deltassist the full $75,000 in addition to the $64,000 in annual funding the city already provides in order to maintain and grow the organization’s seniors programs.

“For many years, programs offered by Deltassist have helped to weave the social fabric of this community,” Mayor George Harvie said in a press release. “I believe that it is important to ensure that this integral non-profit organization be given the financial support it needs to continue to create a better life for our seniors and youth.”

The new funding will be made available to Deltassist on Jan. 1, 2019.

Council also voted unanimously to send a letter to B.C.’s Ministry of Health, with copies to Delta’s MLAs, requesting additional funding for the Better at Home program.

— with files from Grace Kennedy



editor@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

‘A labour of love’: High school turns into ‘toy shop’ for Surrey Christmas Bureau

Fraser Heights Secondary has been making toys for the non-profit for more than a decade

Oppal says Surrey mayor wrong about policing transition timeline

Chairman of committee overseeing Surrey’s transition from RCMP to city police says work won’t be done by Dec. 11

White Rock waterfront strategy ‘pop-up’ session to be held tomorrow

Event to take place at museum from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Farnworth says Surrey RCMP boss’s statement on budget should be taken ‘seriously’

Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald warned Surrey’s budget will have “detrimental effect” on policing

LETTER: If recall mechanism existed, Surrey’s mayor would be gone in heartbeat

McCallum and cronies are out of control, won’t listen and are in dereliction of their duty

MAP: Christmas light displays in Surrey and beyond

Send us pictures of your National Lampoon-style lit-up homes, nativity scenes or North Pole playlands

VIDEO: John Lennon’s iconic Rolls Royce rolls into Vancouver Island college for checkup

Royal BC Museum, Camosun College and Coachwerks Restorations come together to care for car

VIDEO: Rockslide closes part of Highway 93 in Fairmont Hot Springs

Geotechnical team called in to do an assessment after rocks fell from hoodoos

Chilliwack mom gives back to neonatal unit with Christmas stocking drive

Ashley Durance is paying it forward to other families and their babies following daughter’s NICU stay

Petition calls for appeal of ex-Burns Lake mayor’s sentence for sex assault

Prosecution service says Luke Strimbold’s case is under review

Northwest B.C. wildlife shelter rescues particularly tiny bear cub

Shelter co-founder says the cub weighs less than a third of what it should at this time of year

BC firefighters to help battle Australian bushfires

Canada sent 22 people, including 7 from B.C.

B.C. NDP touts the end of MSP premiums

Horgan, James held news conference to reiterate that people will get their last bill this month

Illicit drug deaths down, but B.C. coroner says thousands still overdose

Chief coroner Life Lapointe says province’s drug supply remains unpredictable

Most Read