Eleven projects dedicated to the well-being of seniors in the riding of Salaberry-Suroît will be able to be realized, thanks to the New Horizons program, which has donated nearly $170,000 to projects in the riding.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program that supports projects led or proposed by seniors, with the goal of positively impacting community life.
The isolation of seniors has been particularly severe this year, and has consequently increased the requests for help from the NHSP. “This is a record year for our riding, with 11 projects accepted,” Claude DeBellefeuille, MP for the Salaberry-Suroît riding, said in a press release. “This money will be used for projects that are close to my heart, such as improving meeting and discussion places for the Club Nitro FADOQ (Fédération de l’âge d’or du Québec), as well as the ‘Nos aînés bougent en plein air’ project in Les Coteaux.”
Other projects that received money include the AQDR Valleyfield-Suroît Boucherville, which received a $25,000 grant to implement a follow-up to its SOS-ABUS kit for preventing elder abuse. Also included is Un Coin Chez Nous, a multi-service community centre in Saint-Chrysostome, which received $25,000 to develop more activities and services for seniors.
DeBellefeuille invites organizations that work with seniors to start thinking now about projects and initiatives for next year. “Once calls for proposals are open, the application periods are usually very short,” she said.