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RALSTON MY WAY RECEIVES SUPPORT FROM THE PHL COVID-19 FUND

Philadelphia, Pa., May 20, 2020 – Ralston Center is pleased to announce a grant from the PHL COVID-19 FUND, a partnership between the Philadelphia Foundation and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, in the amount of $41,000 for Ralston My Way’s COVID-19 relief efforts. Ralston My Way, a program of Ralston Center, is a fully licensed home care agency which provides services, such as support with activities of daily living, home repairs, transportation and more for Northwest Philadelphia adults age 55 years plus.

”The population we serve is seen as highly vulnerable to the effects of the COVID-19 virus, our organization provides care that intends to keep healthy seniors home in a safe and healthy environment, and out of the hospital during a time when resources are limited,” said Lynette Killen, Ralston’s Executive Director. “We are also committed to serving our employees, both financially and with respect to their health and safety, so that as the crisis wanes, we can resume our work at full capacity.”

Funds received from the PHL COVID-19 Fund will be used to support unexpected costs associated with continuing to offer home care and other essential services (classified as an essential business under current COVID-19 restrictions) in Northwest Philadelphia, while maintaining the highest quality health and safety standards. This includes securing additional PPE for staff and members; using ride-sharing apps to get staff to and from service calls (in place of public transportation); costs associated with implementing additional training around COVID-19 safety/guidelines and infection control; conducting out-bound calls to check on the well-being of customers we have not communicated with in recent days; and supplementing pay for caregivers who are unable to work for various reasons associated with the current crisis.

About Ralston My Way
Ralston My Way is a Pennsylvania Department of Health Licensed nonprofit providing personal, home care, home maintenance, yardwork, transportation and other services to support the independence of older residents in Northwest Philadelphia. To learn more, go to www.ralstonmyway.org.

About the PHL COVID-19 Fund
The Fund is a collaboration established between the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Foundation and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) to aid nonprofits working to respond to the impact the pandemic is having throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region. Grants have bene made to community-based organizations that support residents in three primary capacities: food and basic needs, protection of vulnerable groups, and medical care and information. To learn more, go to www.phlcovid19fund.org

About Philadelphia Foundation
Founded in 1918, Philadelphia Foundation strengthens the economic, social and civic vitality of Greater Philadelphia. Philadelphia Foundation grows effective philanthropic investment, connects individuals and institutions across sectors and geography, and advances civic initiatives through partnerships and collaboration. A publicly supported foundation, the Philadelphia Foundationmanages more than 1,000 charitable funds established by its donors and makes over 1,000 grants and scholarship awards each year. To learn more, visit philafound.org.

About United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, serving communities in Pennsylvania’s Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and New Jersey’s Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Cumberland counties, is part of a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and in people’s lives. United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. In Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, United Way fights for youth success and family stability because we LIVE UNITED against intergenerational poverty. For more information about United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey visit www.UnitedForImpact.org.

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