On Friday, Seneca Falls Elks Lodge #992 presented two checks worth $1,000 to the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department and the Pathway Home of the Finger Lakes. The two checks are part of the Gratitude Grant, which provides local lodges with the opportunity to determine how they can best impact the community. Gratitude Grant’s work to strengthen the community through local, charitable activities or projects.
Seneca County Sheriff Timothy Luce and Coordinator for the Pathway Home of the Finger Lakes Rick Coe attended the ceremony, which included accepting the two checks. While the Pathway Home will use the funds for daily operating expenses, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department will utilize the funds for Project Lifesaver, which helps those living with diseases Alzheimer’s or autism.
Coe told FingerLakes1.com that the award was an “unexpected surprise” that will greatly benefit the Pathway Home in the coming months. Luce explained the importance of being able to train additional officers in Project Lifesaver. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Department hopes to buy additional receivers to continue improving and growing a program, which has already been utilized in Seneca County.
Karen Bush, Chairperson of the Grant Committee at Seneca Falls Elks Lodge #992 called funding opportunities like this a “Crucial and simple way that we can impact the community and make our world a better place.” She continued, “Without yearly funding opportunities like this, the Seneca Falls Elks Lodge wouldn’t be able to reach as many in the community – and great organizations like the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department and Pathway Home of the Finger Lakes wouldn’t receive critical funding that is necessary for their organizations.”
Officers, committee chairpeople, and members of the Seneca Falls Lodge joined Luce, Coe, and others from the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department and Pathway Home for the ceremony, which lasted approximately 20 minutes.
The Pathway Home provides quality care to the dying, meeting their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs in a supportive home-like environment, while respecting their individuality and maintaining their dignity in their final days. Admission is based solely on need without regard to their age, gender, race, or spiritual beliefs.
The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, and other related conditions or disorders. Project Lifesaver provides a service for caregivers that is crucial in taking care of those with special needs in the area.
There is no cost to join or participate in the Project Lifesaver; however, family or caregivers are responsible for checking the battery strength every day with a monitoring device which we will provide. Every sixty days, one of our Project Lifesaver Deputies will visit the participant and replace the battery with a new one.