Blue Rivers AAA Senior Centers Receive Immanuel Vision Foundation Grants

Date: October 2, 2017
For Immediate Release
For more Information Contact: Zoe Olson, Executive Director, 402-223-1376,

Blue Rivers Area Agency on Aging Senior Centers
Receive Immanuel Vision Foundation Grants

Fifteen Blue Rivers Area Agency on Aging (“Blue Rivers AAA”) Senior Centers have each been awarded a grant in the amount of $1,500 from the Immanuel Vision Foundation (“IVF”).

According to the call for grant proposals, the grant monies are awarded for use in “any legitimate and authorized program or activity of the Senior Center. The grant monies “may be used for general program support, operational expenses, building or maintenance expenses, or any special program.”

The IVF is a non-profit charitable foundation connected with Immanuel Communities (, a non-profit “Serving Arm” of the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Immanuel currently owns and operates six senior living communities, two affordable care communities, two nursing care communities, and one PACE Pathway site in Nebraska, as well as PACE Pathway sites in Council Bluffs, IA and Des Moines, IA.

The goal of the IVF is to serve “the ministry of the church, seniors, and the health of the community.” To that end the IVF Board of Directors chose to support seniors across the state of Nebraska by offering a one-time grant to each Senior Center in the state connected with the eight Area Agencies on Aging. Blue Rivers AAA’s 15 directly-operated meal sites each completed the application process and were awarded the grants.

“We are grateful to the Immanuel Vision Foundation for the opportunity to apply for and receive these grants for our Senior Center operations,” said Glenda Van Eperen, Nutrition Services Manager for Blue Rivers AAA. “This financial support helps us serve seniors in our communities through our meal programs which are facing ever-increasing demands and our senior population increases.”

Blue Rivers AAA is a non-profit, statutorily-commissioned agency created and operating under the Older Americans Act, serving the Nebraska counties of Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson and Thayer. The Blue Rivers AAA’s mission is “to develop or support a system of coordinated and comprehensive services that promote a safe, healthy, and independent lifestyle for adults age 60 and over.”

For more information on these and other programs offered by Blue Rivers Area Agency on Aging, go to or follow us on Facebook at BlueRiversAAA.

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