The Bethesda Foundation recently provided the Steuben Senior Services Fund (SSFC) with a grant of $2,500 in assistance for funding its new program, the Full Circle America Project which has been implemented in Steuben County. Its purpose is to help older people remain in their own homes with the help of family members, volunteers, service agencies and organizations. Because this unique project involves an initial outlay of money for equipment utilizing modern technological advances, the grant money will enable several senior citizens in the Hornell Area and western Steuben County to participate by having equipment which they might not otherwise be able to afford.
The Bethesda Foundation has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants and scholarships, and has returned over $2 million dollars to the local economy since its inception. With this grant it continues that tradition. Limited by its charter, the Foundation cannot award funds to individuals, but must distribute it's grants and awards to not-for-profit entities serving medical and health related purposes and benefitting the geographical area formerly served by the Bethesda Hospital.