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PA Assistive Technology Foundation

PATF receives historic grant from U.S. Treasury
Provides loan capital for low-income borrowers
An older white man smiles seated in his blue mobility scooter outside in front of a bench and an apartment building. A quote is written across the photo that says Oh I love my new scooter. I dont feel the bumps. My new Cadillac.

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF), is honored to receive a U.S. Department of Treasury two-year grant of nearly $1.4 million as part of the Community Development Financial Institution Rapid Response Program (CDFI RRP). These funds provide loan capital for CDFIs such as PATF to support underserved communities facing economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

For PATF this means we can continue to guarantee Low-Interest Loans and maintain our direct-lending Mini-Loan program.  

“In serving places that the financial sector historically hasn’t served well, CDFIs lift our whole economy up. We know that for every dollar injected into a CDFI, it catalyzes eight more dollars in private-sector investment, meaning that today’s announcement might lead to an additional $10 billion in investment,” said U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen at the award announcement.  

PATF is excited to be able to provide loans to more people with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians who are low-income so they may acquire the assistive technology that makes a difference in their lives.  

Learn more about the CDFI RRP awards.

Abilities in Motion – New Podcast Released – Disability Talks

Robert J. Reinhart, PE, Vice President of Biller Reinhart Engineering Group and Sara Bentley, National Walk Manager for the Lupus Foundation, sit down with our host, Shelly Houser, on a new episode of DisAbility Talks!   Learn about Lupus and social stigmas associated with the disease with these amazing guests.    

To find out more about our guests, visit these links:
Twitter: @LupusOrg
Instagram: @LupusOrg
Facebook: LupusFoundationofAmerica and LinkedIn: and

DVI of Lebanon County Deputy Director, Mike Ritter, discusses 24/7 support to victims of domestic violence.

Listen to DVI of Lebanon County, Inc. Deputy Director, Mike Ritter discuss the assistance that is available in Lebanon County for all persons of domestic violence. Domestic Violence occurs in every sector of life without regard to age, race, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, income level or profession. DVI is available 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week, 365 days a year to support the victim of domestic violence offering confidential assistance, safety, education, empowerment and advocacy. ALL services are free of charge and do not require health insurance.

ASA is Excited to Announce its Theme for 2021-2022 Advancing Economic Security

Throughout this year, much of our programming and content will be viewed through the lens of advancing economic security for older adults. Learn more about ASA’s priority areas. To launch this year’s programming, we invite you to join Edward Jones CEO Ken Cella, MBA, and Ken Dychtwald, PhD, to learn about the second stage of their joint research project on retirement.

The Four Pillars of the New Retirement, What a Difference a Year Makes

Getting to Know Bellomo & Associates

Bellomo & Associates LLC is located in York, PA and able to service clients throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Attorney Jeff Bellomo shares in this interview how Bellomo & Associates can help you in their specialties of estate planning, asset protection, wills and trust planning, powers of attorney, elder law, Medicaid application, qualification and crisis planning as well as special needs, disability planning and veterans’ benefits. Bellomo has recently added a Client Care Advocate Social Worker to assist with the integration of health-related issues into the estate and transition process. Bellomo has several free videos on its website, “,” to assist in an awareness of these vital legal services.

Resources for Advocates Serving Older Immigrants

Many older immigrants face barriers to accessing services and public benefits, as well as immigration law challenges. As new immigrants from Afghanistan are arriving in the United States this month, aging services advocates and legal assistance providers can play a role in helping older immigrants navigate these barriers to critically needed services and explain their rights. Immigration status generally determines eligibility for benefits programs and services, such as cash assistance and health insurance. Some Afghans may qualify for Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) and others may be seeking refugee status. Aging services and legal assistance providers might find it helpful to reach and assist older immigrants through partnerships with resettlement agencies and similar organizations aiding in the resettlement efforts. Here are some resources for advocates to help deliver trauma-informed services and better understand eligibility issues, available services, and asserting language access rights:

NCLER: Access to Public Benefits for Older Immigrants (webinar recording and Chapter Summary)
NCLER: Language Access Rights: Tips for Advocates of Limited English Proficient Older Adults
NCLER: Trauma-Informed Lawyering
Justice in Aging: Older Immigrants and Medicare
Social Security Administration: Spotlight on SSI Benefits for Noncitizens Health Coverage for Immigrants
Immigrant Legal Resource Center: Public Charge Resources
National Immigration Law Center: Overview of Immigrant Eligibility for Federal Programs and Overview Table National Immigration Law Center: FAQ- Eligibility for Assistance Based on Immigration Status

September 3 – Lebanon Partners meeting cancelled

Please be advised that the Friday, September 3 meeting of the Lebanon County ADRC partners meeting has been cancelled due to a conflict in scheduling. We will reschedule Jessica Kemp in the near future. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Public Hearing TODAY!!

Below you will find a link for public hearing taking place today and instructions on how to access it.  The hearing is regarding Maximus and the issues with them.  I apologize for the late notice as this is happening today at 12:30.  There are several AAA’s testifying.   

This link takes you to the PA Senate Health and Human Services Committee page, below upcoming meetings is the Monday meeting.  To the right of the meeting notice is a (LIVE STREAMED).  Click on that to watch the hearing

Resources for Veterans

Veterans from all eras are reacting to the events in Afghanistan, such as the U.S withdrawal and the takeover by the Taliban. Veterans may question the meaning of their service or whether it was worth the sacrifices they made. They may feel more moral distress about experiences they had during their service. It’s normal to feel this way. Talk with your friends and families, reach out to battle buddies, connect with a peer-to-peer network, or sign up for mental health services. Below is a list of resources available to you.
Veterans Crisis Line If you are having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-273-8255, then PRESS 1 or visit

For emergency mental health care, you can also go directly to your local VA medical center 24/7 regardless of your discharge status or enrollment in other VA health care.

Service Access and Management (SAM) Crisis Line of Berks County- If you are experiencing crisis call 610-236-0530, 24/7.

Vet CentersDiscuss how you feel with other Veterans in these community-based counseling centers.

70% of Vet Center staff are Veterans. Call 1-877-927-8387 or find one near you.

VA Mental Health Services Guide – This guide will help you sign up and access mental health services. – information, resources, and Veteran to Veteran videos for challenging life events and experiences with mental health issues.

RallyPoint – Talk to other Veterans online. Discuss: What are your feelings as the Taliban reclaim Afghanistan after 20 years of US involvement?

Download VA’s self-help apps – Tools to help deal with common reactions like, stress, sadness, and anxiety. You can also track your symptoms over time.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) –  Request a Peer Mentor

VA Women Veterans Call Center – Call or text 1-855-829-6636 (M-F 8AM – 10PM & SAT 8AM – 6:30PM ET)

VA Caregiver Support LineCall 1-855-260-3274 (M-F 8AM – 10PM & SAT 8AM – 5PM ET)

Together We ServedFind your battle buddies through unit pages

George W. Bush Institute – Need help or want to talk? Check In or call:1-630-522-4904 or email:

Elizabeth Dole Foundation Hidden Heroes – Join the Community

American Red Cross Military Veteran Caregiver NetworkPeer Support and Mentoring

Team Red, White & BlueHundreds of events weekly. Find a chapter in your area.

Student Veterans of AmericaFind a campus chapter to connect with.

Team RubiconFind a local support squad.

Lebanon County Christian Ministries

Lebanon County Christian Ministries assists people in need of emergency services such as food, clothing and shelter. Download their brochure below.