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Columbia Gas Presents $25,000 Grant Award to Valley Care Association

The funding will help older and disabled residents live more safely in their homes, officials said.

Christmas came Tuesday for the Sewickley-based Valley Care Association.  

Leaders from the non-profit accepted a $25,000 grant award from Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Inc. during a presentation at their adult daycare center in Ambridge.

Heather Sedlacko, executive director of Valley Care Association, said the nonprofit was thrilled to receive the support. The funds will go toward Valley Care’s Home Safe Home program tol be used toward helping older and disabled residents live more independently, comfortably and safely in their homes.

“This money will help us immensely in terms of meeting the mission and keeping people safe,” Sedlacko said. 

Mark Kempic, president of Columbia Gas, said the $25,000 contribution is one of the largest they have given in years and made possible through the NiSource Charitable Foundation. The NiSource Charitable Foundation was established to help non-profits making a difference in the communities Nisource companies also operate and provide services in. Columbia Gas is one of seven energy distribution companies under NiSource.

“This is the first time we’ve been able to do something of this magnitude with this organization,” Kempic said.

Kempic said grants typically focus on senior citizens and first responders. Valley Care's Home Safe Home program fits the profile because it offers older clients  a range of home modification services depending on need. Example projects include installation of grab bars or stair railings, wheelchair ramp construction or bathroom modifications. 

Sedlacko said about one-third of people over 60 fall each year. These safety improvement projects make homes more accessible and prevent hospitalization or premature placement in nursing facilities. 

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