Bishop Wicke gets grant for community center project

Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center will receive state funds as part of a program designed to increase long-term service options so people can live safely in the community instead of an institution.

Bishop Wicke will receive a $488,700 grant to develop a 9,000-square-foot community center on a one-acre parcel next to the rehab center on the Wesley Village campus.

The center will also provide an opportunity to house offices for support organizations serving residents.

The grant will allow the nonprofit United Methodist Homes, the entity that owns and operates Wesley Village off Long Hill Avenue, the right to negotiate a pre-development contract for the community center project.

Business diversification grants

The local grant was part of $3 million in grants statewide announced by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to help the state’s nursing home industry adapt to the changing needs of its residents through business diversification.

The grants were awarded through a competitive process.

“In Connecticut and nationally, the overall trend is for aging adults and younger adults with disabilities to live in their own home with the help of quality and cost-effective services,” Malloy said.

“Our initiative is aimed at maximizing these opportunities for enhanced quality of life, while also achieving Medicaid savings for taxpayers," the governor said.