Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing Receives Grant to Increase Staff

first_img 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Cover Story Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing Receives Grant to Increase Staff Increased workforce will allow the Center to expand innovative programs for the underserved From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 | 11:44 am The Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing, founded on the belief that technology innovation plays a vital role in enhancing wellbeing, today announced the receipt of a $330,000 grant from the Alhambra Services Corporation to increase the Front Porch Center’s staff. The gift will fund two new positions which will allow the Front Porch Center to expand innovative programs that support the health and wellbeing of older adults, especially among underserved communities.This generous impact gift from the Alhambra Services Corporation comes at an exciting moment as the Center expands several innovations and technologies to support aging and independence to serve multiple populations and communities,” said Front Porch Center President Kari Olson. “The additional capacity will enable us to pilot and implement more solutions that will positively impact a greater number of people.”The Alhambra Services Corporation is a not-for-profit charitable organization established in 2011 to advance affordable housing and promote innovative initiatives and services in the greater community. The corporation was formed following the closure and sale of The Alhambra, a Front Porch retirement community to continue The Alhambra’s philanthropic not-for-profit heritage of meeting needs through its founding parent California Lutheran Homes and sustained through Front Porch.“Technology advancements have and are continuing to reshape all our lives,” said Mort Swales, board chair, Alhambra Services Corporation. “The Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing is a nationally-recognized innovation leader that has been instrumental in facilitating the development and application of technologies in senior services that is improving life of older adults. The Alhambra Services Corporation is proud to be able to help the Center in that ongoing journey by honoring a request that is consistent with our mission as well.”The Front Porch Center continues to explore the application of technology in conjunction with home- and community-based services through a growing network of collaborative partnerships. The Front Porch Center has developed a reputable track record of technology research, deployment, and engagement initiatives that leverage the value and resources of community partnerships. For example, in 2012, the Front Porch Center envisioned and launched in partnership with over 20 community organizations its Model eHealth Community for Aging (MeHCA) which has served more than 1,500 vulnerable seniors in the Los Angeles area since its inception with key partners such as St. Barnabas Senior Services. This work continues including the completion of a tele-mental health program and an emerging partnership to integrate technology into a senior wellness program.Earlier this year, the University of the Pacific was awarded a grant from the California Wellness Foundation to deploy a tele-dentistry demonstration initiative that will provide low-income seniors with first level dental care at Front Porch affordable housing communities and other senior-serving organizations. The Front Porch Center is supporting the pilot and tracking the results.“In order for the Center to scale and support the development of sustainable models that could be replicated in other communities and form new partnerships, additional staffing is necessary to build the capacity of the Center,” said Davis Park, Front Porch Center director. “We are grateful to the Alhambra Services Corporation in meeting that need.”About the Front Porch Center for Innovation and WellbeingThe Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing is part of Front Porch, one of Southern California’s largest not?for?profit providers of retirement living communities and affordable housing. The Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing strives to harness technology solutions that support and enhance wellbeing in older adults. The Front Porch Center’s core initiatives focus on how technology can: assist in maintaining brain health; enhance social connectedness; promote engagement and growth; empower control over health and wellness; prevent emergencies or serious events; and increase resources and support for formal and informal caregivers. The Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing is a signature program of Front Porch’s Humanly Possiblesm commitment to doing everything humanly possible to creatively meet the needs of those we serve today and in the future. More information can be found at www.fpciw.org. Business News Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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The shot that coaches once told Cornelia Fondren not to take is back in her game

first_img Published on March 19, 2016 at 11:05 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Related Stories Briana Day controls the paint in 73-56 NCAA tournament win against ArmyAlexis Peterson leads Syracuse to blowout win over Army in NCAA tournamentSyracuse defense suffocates Army in 73-56 NCAA tournament win Evan Jenkins | Staff Photographer “Some people can’t stop the floater,” Fondren said. “… There’s no way you can stop it if somebody slows down before they get a charge.”But for her, that wasn’t always the case.At, Overton (Tennessee) High School, Fondren started experimenting with the move, waiting for her chance to pull it out on a bigger stage in AAU ball with the Memphis Lady Magic.She tried a few times, but her coach shut her down.“‘You’re going to have to work on it consistently all the time if you want to make it work,’” Fondren remembers him saying. “Because Derrick Rose does it and he was like ‘If you want to do it just like him, you got to work on it,’ you know, because practice makes perfect.”So she did.Sometimes it would fall. Sometimes it wouldn’t. But when teams started taking charges on her in high school games, she shelved it.During her freshman year at Syracuse as the team’s starting point guard, Fondren tried bringing the floater back.“I started doing it and he was like ‘Why are you going up with your right hand?’ Go to the basket with your left hand,’” Fondren said of Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman. “I was like ‘OK.’”Not until two weeks ago in the ACC tournament did it make a permanent return. Fondren consistently pulled up for floaters with success that eventually opened up room for her to get to the basket for layups.On one play, she banked one in from the right of the basket while fighting off a defender for the and-one. Her teammates joked with her about it and guard Brittney Sykes compares it to the likes of San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker. The shot that has carried Cornelia Fondren and, as a result, Syracuse through the postseason is one that coaches have been telling her for years not do to.It’s simple — a right-handed floater, teardrop or runner from inside the lane. It’s effective — used for avoiding charges and blocked shots. But hard to master — especially considering her dominant and shooting hand is her left.Fondren scored in double-digits just four times throughout the 29-game regular season. She’s done it in each of the team’s four postseason games, including an 18-point performance against North Carolina State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinal. Paramount to her success has been the extra wrinkle to her offensive game that she dug up from her high school days: the floater. She’ll put it to use again when fourth-seeded Syracuse (26-7, 13-3 ACC) hosts 12th-seeded Albany (28-4, 15-1 America East) in the NCAA tournament’s Round of 32 on Sunday at noon.With a win, the Orange could advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.“You know she can score either way or with either hand,” SU guard Alexis Peterson said, “so it kind of keeps the defense off balance. They don’t know which hand she’s going to shoot it with so it makes shot blocking that much harder.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFondren, who leads the team in fouls and gets called for, she says, two or three charges a game, uses the floater to evade offensive fouls. Instead of putting her head down and barreling into the lane and anyone in front of her on her way to the basket, she’ll pull up just in front of the foul line and loft a shot in.It’s all about reading the defense, she said. When the defenders are playing back and taking away layups she can float it in with a shot that’s more difficult to block.MORE COVERAGE:Briana Day controls the paint in a blowout win to advance to Round of 32Alexis Peterson leads the way for Syracuse against Army with 24 pointsSyracuse’s defense suffocates Army in 73-56 win “Corn’s been playing phenomenal for us,” Syracuse guard Brianna Butler said. “She’s just playing more free. She’s just playing more like herself. It’s kind of like the freshman Corn that I remember playing with.”The floater is natural now. Just like Fondren crosses over when a defender comes near, she pulls up for the righty floater when the defense backs off.It took several years, but as she’s successfully used the floater in recent games, it finally has the approval of a coach.“I think it’s the best option sometimes, but he would rather me get to my left hand because it’s my dominant hand,” Fondren said. “Sometimes I agree. Sometimes I feel like I have to do it.“He’s comfortable with me doing it now so I’m happy for that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more