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Friendly Senior Living Announces $200,000 Grant from Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation for Healthcare Staff Training Program

Friendly Senior Living has received a $200,000 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation to support a new staff training and career pathways program. The training program addresses a critical need for direct care workers to serve the frail elderly in the Rochester community. “The recruitment and retention of qualified staff remains a challenge industry-wide,” says Glen Cooper, President & CEO of Friendly Senior Living. “Our ability to provide skills development and career advancement opportunities will ensure that seniors are receiving high quality care from a well-trained and dedicated staff. We are most grateful to the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation for their role in achieving this mission.”

The Friendly Senior Living initiative includes a six-week Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training program which is open to community members, as well as to current employees who may be serving in other roles in the organization and wish to pursue a new career path. An additional training program provides an opportunity for Friendly Senior Living CNAs to advance to Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), and for LPNs to become Registered Nurses (RNs). These career ladder programs offer students meaningful advancement in the senior healthcare field. To date, over 20 CNAs have successfully completed the six-week program are currently employed at Friendly Senior Living.

Participants receive a wage replacement stipend during their training to help off-set expenses, which often present a barrier to continuing education. These include tuition, books, materials and childcare; exam fees and certification are also paid for by Friendly Senior Living upon successful completion. This unique feature sets the Friendly Senior Living training program apart from others in the community.

“We are excited to offer the CNA training program to the community as we seek to effectively address industry issues such as staff shortages, high turnover trends and increasing competition for entry-level positions,” notes Cooper. “Further, by investing in opportunities for career advancement within our organization, we are positively impacting employee satisfaction and staff retention. Both programs will result in Friendly Senior Living’s ability to provide excellent and compassionate care to our residents.”

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About Friendly Senior Living

The Friendly Senior Living continuum of caring communities includes Cloverwood, an active independent senior living community in Pittsford; Glenmere at Cloverwood, which offers assisted living, enhanced assisted living, and memory care; Linden Knoll, an independent senior living apartment community in Brighton; the Lovejoy Transitional Care Center which offers short-term rehabilitative care at the Friendly Home; and the Friendly Home, a skilled nursing home in Brighton offering 24-hour care, rehabilitation, memory care and hospice care. For more information, visit

About the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is a grantmaking organization dedicated primarily to sustained investment in the quality of life of the people of Southeast Michigan and Western New York. The two areas reflect Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.’s devotion to his hometown of Detroit and greater Buffalo, home of his Buffalo Bills franchise. Prior to his passing in 2004, Mr. Wilson requested that a significant share of his estate be used to continue a life-long generosity of spirit by funding the Foundation that bears his name. The Foundation has a grantmaking capacity of $1.2 billion over a 20-year period, which expires January 8, 2035. This structure is consistent with Mr. Wilson’s desire for the Foundation’s impact to be immediate, substantial, measurable and overseen by those who knew him best. For more information, visit

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