By J.R. SCHRADER
One agency with main offices in the town of Pulaski serves senior citizens across the four counties and one city. It is the New River Valley Agency on Aging.
Last year at least 1,473 town citizens and 2,393 county residents benefited from and received services through the agency.
The AOA Board of Directors is seeking funds from the eight governing bodies along with state and federal funds for fiscal year 2014 that begins July 1.
The agency is asking the town of Pulaski to contribute $3,353 and $16,546 from Pulaski County.
The total sought for FY 2014 from Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Pulaski, Floyd County, Giles County, Montgomery County, Pulaski County and City of Radford is $62,925.
That total is nearly $3,000 more than the total local contribution for FY 2013 of $59,927.
Local funds are used to match federal dollars for services and help maintain the highest service levels possible, noted Tina King AOA director, in recent correspondence to local governing bodies.
The following services and numbers are from the town of Pulaski and Pulaski County: home delivered meals (16,368), congregate meals (22,094), homemakers (3,008 hours), transportation (4.441 one-way trips) and mobility coordination (346 one-way trips).
Services include medication management (89 cases), elder abuse prevention, legal services, ombudsman, disease prevention and health promotion, public information and education.
All citizens qualified do not receive services provided by AOA due to lack of funds.
At the end of January 10 town of Pulaski citizens were on the waiting list for Homemaker services. This assistance allows residents to live safely in their homes.
Anticipated revenues for FY 2013 for the agency total $1,582,743.
Agency personnel project that at least 1,480 town and 2,400 county residents will benefit from programs and services in FY 2013.