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The Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers Included as One of 43 Grantees

Contact: Aileen Leonard Dibra
t: 914-837-2007


JULY 28, 2014—The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced last week that it is awarding more than $1.6 million in new grants to 43 Nonprofit organizations based in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, for its 2014 grant cycle.  The Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC) is proud to be one of the grant recipients for its Irish Senior Connect program.

To address the health care needs of their communities and to help meet the challenges of an aging society, the Tufts Health Plan Foundation is committed to funding healthy aging programs for adults age 60 or older in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Through the programs they fund, they hope to elevate the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of older adults to enable them to contribute their experiences and knowledge to their communities and ultimately to help older adults live healthier lives.

Irish Senior Connect, a community outreach program of CIIC, initially launched at the Irish Pastoral Centre, Boston in March 2012.  Since that time, the program has enjoyed great success and growth, focusing on strengthening program capacity within Boston and the greater Massachusetts area; expanding its services to include well-being check-in calls, as well as the listening line services; and recently launching to a second site at Chicago Irish Immigrant Support (CIIS).

ISC is dedicated to providing seniors with a listening ear and a response that conveys empathy and respect, alleviating feelings of isolation and loneliness within the senior community through telephone contact, well-being calls and community referrals.  CIIC looks forward to increasing the geographic scope and community impact of ISC to include more areas of Massachusetts, as well as Rhode Island, with the help of this generous grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

Celine Kennelly, CIIC Board President, “We are thrilled to partner with the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, and thank them for their generous support.”  She went on to say, “With the Tufts funding, ISC is able to strengthen the current programming in the greater Massachusetts area, while concurrently expanding into Metro Providence, Rhode Island.  Through assistance from funders such as Tufts, ISC is well on its way to becoming a national service for all seniors, especially those of Irish descent.”

To learn more about the TUFTS Health Plan Foundation, click here.


The Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC) is a national umbrella group for all of the Irish Immigration Centers in the US. The CIIC was established in 1996 to promote the welfare of Irish immigrants in the US at a national level. The mission of the CIIC is to represent immigrant organizations throughout the United States who are committed to providing services to Irish immigrants. The Coalition provides support and assistance to the various centers in their work through advocacy, education and the exchange of information. CIIC member organizations are located in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Wisconsin.

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