Students at Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School participate in class. (Photo courtesy of Kendal Charitable Funds)

Staffing shortages are affecting all senior living providers. Fortunately, thanks to Kendal Charitable Funds, some reinforcements may be on the way. 

Every year, Kendal Charitable Funds, an arm of senior living and aging services provider Kendal Corporation, puts out a request for proposals focusing on a specific topic and accepts ideas from nonprofits for projects that will positively affect the lives of older adults through creative, innovative and replicable strategies or programs. Recently, the organization awarded the Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School a grant for $50,000. 

The academy will use the funding to support its Healthcare Career Pathways program, which includes certified nursing assistant training, for 24 months, through December 2024. Fifty adult learners will be trained and certified as CNAs. 

“We’re so grateful to partner with Kendal Charitable Funds to help fortify our talent pipeline for Academy of Hope’s CNA graduates. With these funds, we can continue to help CNA graduates move directly into high-demand jobs at residential communities for older adults,” Academy of Hope CEO Lecester Johnson said. “With the highest CNA passage rate in the district and Kendal’s support, Academy of Hope learners are eager and ready to put their skills to work where needed most in our community.”

The grant funds for this project will provide a budget of $1,000 per CNA learner for textbooks and workbooks, training supplies and materials such as practice lab equipment, as well as instructor and employment specialist salaries.

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