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Ecumen receives Otto Bremer grant to support seniors in their homes

Ecumen, which provides senior housing and services across Minnesota and nationally, has received a $10,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to support senior residents of Ecumen’s Lilac Parkway apartments. Lilac Parkway serves low-income seniors who have chosen to age within their home community of Robbinsdale, Minnesota. The foundation assists people in achieving full economic, civic, and social participation in, and for, the betterment of their communities.

Ecumen has embarked on a building upgrade project at Lilac Parkway to improve the quality of life of its residents. With this grant support, Ecumen will replace outdated and inefficient air conditioning units, install new units for those who are living without air conditioning, and make other energy efficient improvements.

“Robbinsdale seniors aged 55 to 74 have about a 10 percent higher poverty rate than the Minnesota average,” explained Stacey Minnick, Ecumen’s director of fund development. “We are very grateful for the Otto Bremer Foundation’s support that helps improve the lives of Robbinsdale’s seniors.”

Ecumen is working hard to transform the aging experience, making life better, easier, and more fun for older adults. For more information about Ecumen, go to www.ecumen.org or call 651/766-4300.

Ecumen’s mission is to create “home” for older adults wherever they choose to live. The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal identified Ecumen as one of Minnesota’s “Best Places to Work” for seven of the past eight years, and the Star Tribune named Ecumen as one of Minnesota’s “Top 100 Workplaces” in 2011.

The Otto Bremer Foundation (www.ottobremer.org) was created in 1944. Founder Otto Bremer’s vision and longstanding commitment to communities during and after the Great Depression are carried forward today through the foundation’s work in the communities that host Bremer banks. The foundation strives to help build healthy, vibrant communities.

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