NGO Funding Request


The recipient entity's full legal name:  Rapides Council On Aging

The recipient entity's physical address:
           204 Chester Street
Alexandria, La 71301


The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           P. O. Box 8485
Alexandria, LA 71306-1485


Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Original incorporators were:
Leon E. Robinson, 1621 Susek Drive, Pineville, LA 71360
C. E. Spottsville, 2304 Third Street, Alexandria, LA 71301
Mrs. Maude Thevenot, P.O. Box 1032, Alexandria, LA 71301
C. E. Sanders, 3012 Holloway Road, Pineville, LA 71360


The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  0937

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $250,000

What type of request is this?  General Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Board Of Directors:
Jamie L. Floyd, president,15 Paul Road, Deville, LA 71328
Susie Minton, vice-president,P.O. Box 13320,Alexandria, LA 71315 Joan Lee, secretary, 4008 Parliment Drive, Alexandria, LA 71303 Bobby Hynson,treas.,447 Rapides Station Road,Alexandria, LA 71303 Dr. Patsy Barber, 21 Meeker Road, Lecompte, LA 71346;
Robbye Cooper, 2030 Donahue Road, Pineville, LA 71360
Pat Lohman,6333 Lodi Road, Alexandria LA 71303
Tina Pennington, 3401 North Blvd., Alexandria,LA 71301
Nicole Scales, 3013 Weasley Circle, Woodsworth, LA 71484
Faye Simpson, 114 Sixth Street, Alexandria, LA 71303
Joseph Franklin, 221 Olive Street, Alexandria, LA 71301








Pat Lohman, 6333 Lodi Road, Alexandria, LA 71303
Tina Pennington, 3401 North Blvd.,Alexandria, LA 71301
Nicki Scales, 3013 Wesley Circle, Woodsworth, LA 71484
Faye Simpson,114 Sixth Street, Alexandria, LA 71303
Joseph Franklin, 2213 Oliver Street, Alexandria, LA 71301
Executive4 Director:
Bettye DeKeyzer, 204 Chester Street, Alexandria, 71301


Provide a summary of the project or program:
           The Vision, Dental and Hearing Assistance Program is a new and innovative program developed by Rapides Council On Aging to provide eye care, eye glasses,dental care and dentures and hearing aids to qualified elderly clients in Rapides parish. No program is currently available for vision, dental and hearing assistance from any agency in Rapides parish.
Hundreds of elderly persons have been without any assistance from any agency to provide the funds necessary for expensive dentures and routine eye examinations that are imperative to diagnose and treat eye diseases to prevent loss of vision. Decayed teeth have been linked to heart disease in recent national studies making the necessity of regular dental examinations of major importance.
The Vision, Dental and Hearing Assistance Program will seek bids from dentists, optometrists and Audiologists for professional services and award contracts to the medical professionals who submit the best proposal for service. A panel of professional persons will select he winning bids.
Rapides Council On Aging, Inc., will hire a part-time person to manage the program. All funding, other than a part-time salary will be used to supply assistance to elderly clients.


What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,000
          Professional Services. . . $0
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $240,000
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          To administer desperately needed services to eligible senior citizens to insure their continued health and well-being and to prevent heart disease due infected gum and teeth and loss of eyesight due to eye diseases that are left untreated due to lack of funds to receive medical care or regular check-up visits with a health professional.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          To provide vision, dental and hearing care for qualified elderly clients with a comprehensive program that will include individual records on treatment and monthly reports on the state of their health as a result of treatment.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           The need will never end, but the program will continue as long as funding is available. The success of the program will provide information for continued funding in subsequent years.

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
                 None
    
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:
                 N/A

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:
                 N/A

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:
                  N/A

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 
               N/A

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:
               N/A

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:
                N/A

          What is the nature of the relationship?  N/A

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:
                 Governor's Office Of Elderly Affairs
P. O. Box 61
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0061


(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:
               Rapides Council On Aging has provided the following services to senior citizens in Rapides parish since 1985:
Homebound Meals, Chore Service, Outreach, Transportation, Information and Assistance, Telephone Contact, Respite and Sitter service.
Additional Programs:
USDA Farmers Market Program
Cleco Energy Assistance Program
Louisiana Volunteer Program



Contact Information
name:  Bettye DeKeyzer 
                                       address:  204 Chester Street, Alexandria, LA 71301
                                       phone:  318-445-7985
                                       fax:  318-445-7919
                                       e-mail:  bdekrcoa@AOL.com
                                       relationship to entity:  Executive Director