Coverys Foundation Awards $150,000 Multi-Year Grant to Friendship Home

Coverys Foundation Awards $150,000 Multi-Year Grant to Friendship Home and Community Servings for
Nutritional Program

The Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation, Inc. has awarded a $150,000 grant over a 3-year period to Friendship Home in Norwell for overnight respite and a nutritional educational program for adults with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. Friendship Home will partner with Community Servings in Jamaica Plain on LEARN – Launching Expanded Access to Respite and Nutrition – to educate adult guests who stay at Friendship Home’s Home Away from Home overnight respite center, their families, and Friendship Home staff on healthy eating choices through experiential nutrition training.

“Friendship Home is thrilled that the Coverys Foundation will support our overnight respite program and this integral nutritional program, which stresses the value of a healthy diet and lifestyle. If we educate our guests about healthy lifestyles while they stay with us on the weekend, it’s more likely that they will bring these tools home and apply them in their daily living. Family involvement in the program is also essential as we continue to make our members’ health and well-being a top priority,” said Andrea Pyke, Executive Director of Friendship Home.

For more than 5 years, Friendship Home’s overnight respite program has provided critical support to the families of individuals with developmental disabilities, who are exhausted from providing daily care and struggle with other priorities, such as caring for other family members and themselves. “Anything we can do to support these families is a win/win for us. Learning independent living skills goes hand-in-hand with making the right food choices. This population statistically experiences secondary diet-related health conditions such as fatigue and weight problems, which further limit their quality of life. Proper nutrition can reduce these secondary conditions and prevent additional health conditions,” Pyke said.

Under the guidance of the Manager of Nutrition Services at Community Servings, the LEARN program will integrate nutrition education into the Friendship Homes continuum of care, creating a robust nutrition education program that will benefit Friendship Home guests and caregivers. “We are very excited to partner with Friendship Home to provide nutrition education for their respite program,” said Alison Schissler, Manager of Nutrition Services at Community Servings. “We will be incorporating hands-on activities and recipe demonstrations for a fun and educational experience. To ensure a lasting nutrition program, we will also be training Friendship Home staff to lead nutrition classes independently once the grant period ends.” Community Servings is a nonprofit food and nutrition program providing services to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses in New England. An expert in the field of nutrition care, they provide nutrition education and counseling to more than 2,400 people each year, engaging nutritionally vulnerable populations around food, nutrition, and good health. In addition to providing overnight respite care, Friendship Home enriches the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by providing vocational and social recreational programs.

The Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation, Inc. was established to support charitable organizations and endeavors that improve patient safety and care, promote healthy lifestyles, and support individuals and organizations that provide healthcare. Since its inception in 2013, the Foundation has donated more than $7 million in charitable contributions.