Senator Antonio Announces Relief Funds To Support Adult Day And Senior Centers

I am happy to share the exciting news three adult day and senior centers in Parma and Cleveland will be awarded CARES Act relief funding to support nutrition services, including home-delivered and congregate meals, and to assist with the purchase of Covid-19 personal protective equipment. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the closure of many adult day and senior centers, cutting older Ohioans off from the services they relied on, including critical meal programs. As we begin to recover from the pandemic, this funding will go a long way toward supporting providers and ensure they can safely re-open to serve our community. I recognize the extraordinary sacrifice of all the hardworking individuals who administer these services and will continue to do everything possible to support them.

The Ohio Department of Aging awarded more than $5.3 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funding to 53 senior centers and 22 adult day services across the state, including three in Parma and Cleveland. The Donna Smallwood Activities Center in Parma is set to receive $9,600. The Senior Citizens Resources senior center in Cleveland will receive $62,200, and the Your Second Family adult day service in Cleveland will receive $21,000. Providers will begin receiving relief payments this month.

If you have questions about nutrition programs that may be available for you or someone you know, contact the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging at 216-621-0303 or go online here. For a full list of providers receiving funding, click here.

Nickie Antonio

State Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) is honored to be serving in the Ohio Senate, representing District 23, and in leadership as the Assistant Minority Leader. Antonio, who was elected to the Senate in 2018, previously spent eight years in the Ohio House of Representatives, where she served District 13 and was also a member of leadership. Antonio has served as a Lakewood City Councilmember, Executive Director of an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program for women, Adjunct Professor and as a teacher for children with special needs.

Antonio serves as Highest Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Transportation, and Joint Medicaid Oversight Committees. She also serves on the Finance; Ways and Means; Workforce and Higher Education; Rules and Reference; and Joint Legislative Ethics Committees. Additionally, she is a member of the Ohio House Democratic Women's Caucus, previously as chair, and is the State Director for the National Women Legislators’ Lobby.

She has been a dedicated champion of workers’ rights, high-quality education, local governments, equal rights for women and the LGBT community, health care for all and fighting the opioid crisis.

Antonio is recognized as a leader who reaches across the aisle to get things done. As a result, she championed Ohio’s historic adoption open records law (S.B. 23/H.B. 61) and step therapy reform law (S.B. 265/H.B. 72). Last General Assembly, Antonio passed legislation to abolish the shackling of pregnant inmates (S.B. 18/H.B. 1) and to require pharmacist education for dispensing life-saving naloxone (S.B. 59/H.B. 341). During her tenure in the Ohio legislature, Antonio has introduced the Ohio Fairness Act, which would provide civil rights protections for members of the LGBTQ community. She continues to work to remedy and end Ohio’s use of the death penalty, as well as on an array of other bills focused on improving the lives of all Ohioans. Antonio continues to be an established expert in health policy in the General Assembly. 

The first in her family to graduate from college, she holds both an MPA and a B.S. Ed. from Cleveland State University, and she was named a CSU Distinguished Alumni in 2013. She is also an alumnus and Bohnett Fellow of the Kennedy School Harvard Leadership Program (2011) and has been the recipient of numerous awards as legislator of the year from various organizations during her tenure.

Her daughters, Ariel and Stacey, have made Antonio and her wife, Jean Kosmac, very proud as the girls engage in their adult life journeys.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 7:49 AM, 12.01.2021