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Philadelphia City Rowing | Penn Medicine CAREs Grant Recipient

Rowing is a sport that requires perseverance, dedication, communication, and teamwork. These life lessons are also essential to helping Philadelphia’s youth reach their potential and set themselves on a path to future success. Philadelphia City Rowing (PCR) works to provide local under-resourced high school students with a team environment rich in racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity that will empower them to engage with their community and realize their individual potential. Learn more. 

Senior Care Services | Penn Medicine CAREs Grant Recipient

When Joan Goldstein needed to have surgery, her only way of getting to and from the hospital was to call a taxi. “I had no one to bring me,” she says. Senior Care Services (SCS) provides a much-needed service to seniors and homebound residents in the greater Princeton area by connecting them with volunteers who can provide transportation for health care appointments, grocery shopping, and other errands, or a friendly social visit, free of charge. The service allows clients to stay in their homes longer without the risk of missing medical appointments or hindering their quality of life. Learn more. 

Ballroom Dancing for a Better U | Penn Medicine CAREs Grant Recipient

For Shawna Dedonado, ballroom dance isn’t just a hobby – it’s a stress reliever, a confidence builder, a friendship builder. Ballroom Dancing For a Better U is a nonprofit organization that works with children and adults with cognitive and physical impairments, helping dancers like Dedonado create positive changes in their lives. With support from a Penn Medicine CAREs grant, Stephanie Yellin, DO, a sports medicine physician, is able to continue serving this community with the gift of dance. Learn more.

Elders on the Move | Penn Medicine CAREs Grant Recipient

When Rasheda Peoples-Starling, RN, BSN-BC, and Sheila Anderson RN, BSN, both nurses in the Acute Care for Elders unit at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, realized their patients were struggling to stay active on a regular basis, they decided to team up with local nursing homes to get them moving in the right direction. Their program, “Elders on the Move,” brings Penn Medicine staff into local nursing homes, where they provide equipment, music, and motivation to get residents engaged in indoor sports and activities. At Renaissance Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, you can find patients like June Wheeler leading her team to victory in weekly volleyball games. As recipients of a Penn Medicine CAREs grant award, Peoples-Starling and Anderson will be able to continue providing care and improving their programming for these enthusiastic seniors. Learn more.

Penn Medicine CAREs: 2018 Grant Recipients

Penn Medicine faculty, staff and students donate their time to provide countless hours of work to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve. To help with these efforts, the Penn Medicine CAREs Grants offers monetary support to these individuals and programs each year. These 2019 CAREs grant recipients exemplify the values of Penn Medicine and our commitment to reaching out well beyond the doors of our institution.

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