The Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA) recently recognized the Kursban Family as its 2017 Humanitarian Awardees for their collective and individual dedication to causes that better humanity and the world. They were honored at the JCA Gala on May 21, 2017. While this honor is certainly a testament to Family & Nursing Care’s shared vision to serve, help, and enhance the quality of life and well-being of others, the company’s philosophy of giving back extends beyond the services we provide.
One of our company’s guiding principles is to contribute to the community through our support, time, and donations. Company Founder Sandy Kursban has always believed that if you are in a position to help, you do; it’s that simple. She also is profoundly aware that many aging adults are facing a crisis. A lack of affordable home care services means that for many people who would like to remain in place as they age this desire is not possible. Even for those who can afford care, there is a shortage of professionals who do this work—more than 1.3 million new paid Caregivers will be needed to meet demand over the next decade.1
In 2008, Sandy created the Family & Nursing Care Foundation to address these impending challenges. A fund of the Community Foundation in Montgomery County, the Foundation was created with the goal of supporting older adults in two very important ways:
- Offering grants to help lower-income older adults gain access to the care they need to remain in their homes.
- Providing scholarships for students to earn a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate to care for the aging population.
Since 2010, the Family & Nursing Care Foundation has given $30,000 annually (and $40,000 in 2016 and 2017) to Home Care Partners and Community Ministries of Rockville, enabling these organizations to provide more than 5,800 hours of comprehensive home care services each year and allowing 75 low-income seniors to remain in their homes. In 2016, the Foundation also gave $10,000 to the Jewish Social Service Agency, to provide 460 hours of home care to at-risk, aging Holocaust survivors.
In 2015, the Family & Nursing Care Foundation established a $25,000 scholarship fund at Montgomery College to support students interested in training to become Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA). $5,000 will be awarded in each year of a five-year period to selected CNA candidates applying for financial assistance.
We invite you to join us in giving back and making your mark. With your help, we can close the gap between the aging adults who need home care, and the caregiving workforce who are trained and prepared to provide these services.
Donations can be mailed to the below address or made online at https://www.familynursingcare.com/foundation/donate/
Family & Nursing Care Foundation
962 Wayne Avenue, Suite 500
Silver Spring, MD 20910