The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will hand out $100 million to 3,000 religious programs throughout the U.S. that serve the disabled and elderly, the Associated Press reported March 27.
The seven-year investment, the foundation’s largest financial commitment ever, will triple the size of its 19-year national Faith in Action program.
“It represents our deep belief that faith-based volunteer efforts are an effective way to address the growing needs of people with serious chronic conditions,” Steven A. Schroeder, the foundation’s president and CEO, said in a statement.
The Faith In Action program supports local groups of volunteers, representing many faiths, who team up to care for neighbors who are chronically ill, frail, elderly or disabled.
Nearly 10 million Americans suffer from chronic serious conditions that keep them from handling daily tasks for themselves, the foundation says.
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