JFS Awarded Three Grants

JFS has received grant funding from the Hardenbergh Foundation, Otto Bremer Trust and Trellis.

The Hardenbergh Foundation Board of Directors approved a $10,000 grant for general operating support. Hardenbergh focuses its community support on charitable organizations serving individuals located in the East Twin Cities Metro Area.

The Otto Bremer Trust (OBT) has awarded JFS a $110,000 grant to strengthen social service programs focused on economic stability, mental health, and self-reliance for seniors and low-income individuals.

OBT is a bank holding company and a private charitable trust based in Saint Paul that works at the intersection of finance and philanthropy. Created in 1944 by Otto Bremer, it is today one of the nation’s largest philanthropic organizations and is committed to supporting a better quality of life for residents of Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. OBT is the majority owner of Bremer Financial Corporation, a regional financial services company; manages a diversified investment portfolio; and operates Community Benefit Financial Company, a financial resources subsidiary. Since its founding, OBT has invested more than $841 million in people, places, and opportunities in the Upper Midwest.

A third grant of $7,425 has been awarded by Trellis, formerly the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging. “The grant will be used to answer questions, provide information, and help people make and keep COVID vaccination appointments,” said Tim Gothmann, JFS Chief Operating Officer. “It’s just another way we help keep our clients as healthy as possible.”

Trellis administers federal Older Americans Act funding for services that help older adults and caregivers live safely and independently in their communities. In 2020, Trellis awarded more than $15 million to community organizations for services such as home-delivered meals, transportation, caregiver support, respite and more.