Partners and Host Organizations

Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative Partners:

  • The Del Mar Healthcare Fund of The Dayton Foundation. Since 2010, the DMH Fund has provided more than $2.5 million in support for organizations and initiatives engaging and serving older adults in the Dayton Region. “Our nation’s older population is expanding rapidly, and so are their needs,” said Donald Ambrose, president of Del Mar Healthcare, which established the DMH-Fund in 2010, and an advisor to the fund. “Within this generation are some very creative and resourceful people. It’s not only critical to plan for their increased needs, but also to involve them in the community and tap into their resources.”
  • Today there are more people in the U.S. over 50 than there are under 18. By 2035, 140 million Americans, more than 1 in 3, will be over 50. With decades of productivity ahead, adults 50+ are a growing and renewable resource we can’t afford to waste. innovates new ideas and models to leverage the skills and talents of experienced adults to improve communities and the world. We also are the hub for a growing group of leaders advancing the encore movement.

Host Organizations and Projects:

The organizations selected to participate in this three-year pilot are:

  • Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2: The Fellow will work on AAA’s Long Term Care Workforce Crisis Initiative, researching, defining and measuring the scope of the current challenge to finding and keeping workers who provide direct services to older adults in our region. In collaboration with a wide variety of partners, he or he will then propose solutions and develop strategies for building a sustainable, stable long-term care workforce.

  • Brunner Literacy Center: Through the organization’s Adult Literacy: The Invisible Struggle Initiative, a Del Mar Encore Fellow will help define, measure and collaboratively mitigate the problem of adult illiteracy in the Dayton area.

  • Dayton Metro Library: brings people of all ages and backgrounds together to discover new things about the world, themselves, and each other, advocating for exploration, championing literacy, and facilitating empowerment, inclusion, and positive change. The Del Mare Encore Fellow is working to establish a sustainable, volunteer-led Homework Help program at multiple DML branches. Volunteers are needed to staff the homework sites for two-hour blocks during the school year.

  • Ruth Parker Frost Center for Abundant Aging/United Church Homes: The Fellow will work with staff and volunteers to develop a curriculum and video for small group education, aimed at reframing participants’ perception of aging and challenging the prevalence of “ageism” in our culture. He or she will also organize focus groups and other means of evaluating the new tools, which will be used in community and faith-based settings.

  • St. Mary Development Corporation: Since 1989, St. Mary Development Corporation has built affordable apartment communities which have transformed the lives of thousands of people in need, especially low income older adults. The St. Mary Connect program links residents to critical services that allow them to age in place as long as possible. The Del Mar Encore Fellow is researching the capacity of residents to use technology and the availability of technology to improve their access to health care. Volunteers are needed to survey and interview residents.

  • YWCA Dayton: Building on the YWCA’s “One Imperative: the elimination of racism wherever it exists and by any means necessary,” the Fellow will lead a two-part initiative: evaluating each of the YWCA program’s internal practices, policies, procedures around racial justice and convening a Dayton Region Coalition Against Hate. The first part will help the YW understand the impact of programs and services on people of color and how each program contributes to the elimination of racism. The coalition will promote inclusive values, assist victims, enable timely responses to hate crimes and bias incidents, and conduct community education on the causes and prevention of bias, bigotry, and racism.

To learn more about each of these organizations, click on the name of the organization listed above.

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File date: 01.08.20


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