BERLIN — Coos County ServiceLink a program of The Tri-County Community Action Program, Inc has been named the recipient of an Opportunity Grant of $13,500 by the Endowment for Health Board of Directors to fund the Elder Financial Exploitation Multidisciplinary Team Education and Prevention Program.

The project is designed to increase public education and awareness to the prevalence and dangers of elder financial exploitation. The program will provide direct educational opportunities to elders, caregivers, and their family. Outreach will begin with Police Departments, social service agencies and community partners that work with seniors. The goal is to establish a fully functional multidisciplinary team to increase communication and collaboration to enhance the ability to investigate and prosecute elder financial exploitation cases.

The Energy, Elder and Outreach Division of Tri-County CAP, with multiple locations in Coos, Carroll, and Grafton County, includes Coos County ServiceLink Resource Center, Senior Meals Community Dining, Senior Meals on Wheels home delivered nutrition, Coos County RSVP: Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and Fuel and Electric Assistance Programs.

“Coos ServiceLink is enthusiastic about adding this service to the variety programs already offered, “ says Paul Robitaille, manager of Coos ServiceLink. “Stay tuned for more information regarding dates of classes, and please contact us if you have questions or concerns.”

“Every opportunity for collaboration has been explored to bring this messaging and awareness to the clients we serve. TCCAP has the qualified staff to provide this education, outreach and collaboration to the County of Coos, and we look forward to this opportunity,” said Andrea Brochu, director of Energy, Elder and Outreach Services at Tri-County CAP.

“Our staff has done an excellent job, working outside of their own professional silos, to acknowledge that TCCAP has the ability and leadership to send this message across the entire county of Coos. Community Action programs and staff have seen the first-hand losses by financial exploitation. We work every day to help improve the success and quality of life our clients, and are working on best practices to work to meet our community’s needs, “said Rob Boschen Jr., CEO of Tri-County Community Action Program, Inc.

About the Endowment for Health

The Endowment for Health is a statewide, private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to improving the health of New Hampshire’s people, especially those who are vulnerable and underserved. They envision a culture that supports the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of all people — through every stage of life.

Since 2001, the Endowment has awarded more than 1,100 grants, totaling more than $44 million to support a wide range of health-related programs and projects in New Hampshire.

The Endowment also uses its voice and influence to lead others toward health-related policy change. They often act as a catalyst and convener to help move important issues forward — especially when others are unable to speak out.

The Endowment for Health continues to shine the light on problems, bringing people together to plan and supporting their collective action to solve those problems. They are part of a community of organizations and individuals working together towards common goals, and using a set of common approaches to achieving those goals.

About Tri-County Community Action Program, Inc

Tri-County CAP is dedicated to improving the lives and well-being of New Hampshire’s people and communities. They provide opportunities and support for people to learn and grow in self-sufficiency and to get involved in helping their neighbors and improving the conditions in their communities.

Tri-County CAP is a multi-program agency with many projects and service locations. If you are unable to find the information you need about TCCAP or any of its programs on their website, or please call the Central Office in Berlin at (603) 752-7001, or call one of their community contact centers located throughout northern New Hampshire.