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City Announces Plan To Help Hilltop Seniors

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Columbus city officials have announced a plan to help seniors on the Hilltop access shuttles and assistance to allow them to continue living at home. 

Hilltop Village is a membership network for seniors in need of assistance. It's modeled after similar networks in Clintonville, German Village and the Short North.  Seniors who join gain access to neighbors who can help them access transportation, attend social gatherings and perform household duties. Unilke the other programs, this one will not include a membership fee ranging from 100 to 200 dollars for a community that has struggled economically for decades. Hilltop Shalom Zone Executive Director Meredith McDougle outlined some of the next steps.

  Ten thousand dollars in taxpayer funding for Hilltop Village is expected to be approved by Columbus City Council this coming Monday. The city is also working to secure additional funding from local organizations. Some organizations have already signed up to assist with the effort. Those include the Clintonville Beechwold Resource Center, which is working to design a Hilltop circulator for seniors to take trips to the grocery store and meet other needs. 

Mike Foley joined WCBE in February 2000, coming from WUFT in Gainesville, Florida. Foley has worked in various roles, from producing news and feature stories to engineering Live From Studio A sessions. A series of music features Foley started in 2018 called Music Journeys has grown into a podcast and radio show. He also assists in developing other programs in WCBE's Podcast Experience. Foley hosts The Morning Mix, a weekday music show featuring AAA, Columbus-area and Ohio-based musicians, along with additional artists that inspire him.
Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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