Waynesboro Human Services receives prescription drug grant

June 04, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A $7,000 grant awarded recently to the Waynesboro Area Human Services Council will allow the nonprofit organization to offer prescription drug assistance to low-income individuals, according to Jane Birt, coordinator for the program.

Residents of the Waynesboro Area and Greencastle-Antrim school districts will be eligible for one month's assistance if they meet the federal guidelines of 125 percent poverty level, Birt said.

Summit Endowment provided the money for the Waynesboro Area Human Services Council. Previously, the council was more limited in providing prescriptions assistance, only permitted to do so if the applicant had not received assistance for anything else like utilities or rent that year.

"This is the first time we've received a grant for something like this, prescription drugs," Birt said.

Birt said she attended a workshop and pressed her cause to the presenter.

"I know the need is here," Birt said.

Now, as she works with the prescriptions applications, Birt is turning her attention to another passion. She wants to see a transportation service established in southern Franklin County.


"A lot of our clients don't have vehicles," Birt said.

The Waynesboro Area Human Services Council can be reached at 717-762-6941.

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