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Dear Grand Traverse Band Elders,

The Grand Traverse Band Elders Program provides support and ready to serve all GTB elders. Our goal is to provide assistance to Tribal Elders so they can live Independently and a Healthy lifestyle. Contact us for more information on Elders Programs:

Department Manger                 Delores "Dee" Wonegeshik      231-534-7748         (cell) 231-631-3908


Program Director                       Open Position                           231-534-7746          (cell)


Leelanau County                         Greg Bailey,                                231-534-7740          (cell) 231-492-4976

                                                         Open Position                            231-534-7740          (cell) 231-866-1013


Grand Traverse County         Sharon Edgington                         231-534-7710          (cell) 231-342-4740


Benzie County                         Robbin Raphael                             231-534-7824           (cell)  231-492-4352


Charlevoix County                  Barbara Kenwabikise                   231-534-7066           (cell)


Elders Emergency

The Elders Emergency component  provides funding to support elders financially. Elders requests are available between Oct 1 - Sept 4th. Elders will need to submitted by Sept 4th to ensure that you DO NOT lose any funds that are available for a specific year. Staff can assist you with your request over the phone, you do not have to come into the office.



Farmers Market Coupons:

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program goal is to increase our elders access to nutrition and local foods from local farmers. This program provides elders with $50 in coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods ( fruits, vegetables, etc. ) at local participating farmers' market  and roadside vendors. Eligibility is 55 years of age, household income of not more than 185% percent U.S. poverty guidelines,  be a program participant or enrolled in a Federal Recognized tribe and living within the service area.

2021 Seniors Farmer Market Nutrition Program


Care Provider /Grandparent Care Giver Program:

Care providers caring for an elder 55 and older, Care Providers 55 and older that are caring for someone or Care Provider Grandparents caring for grandchildren are eligible to receive support through the care giver program. Please contact your Elders Site Coordinator


Home Delivery Meals:

The Elders staff have been delivering meals to elders each Monday for Four Days. Meal deliveries will more than likely continue through the end of the fiscal year of Sept 30th or longer depending on Covid- 19 epidemic. If you are in need or interested in receiving meals, please contact your Elders Coordinator.

2022 EE Elders Emergency form & EE Form Attachment


UPDATED 10 13 20 Procedures - Caregiver Program


From one of our new tribal elder who had covid-19 in January 2021. 

It was a drastic experience and I think how the tribe made a difference is information about how important nutrition is to our body to heal and fight this virus.  Water is very sacred and very important to my healing and fighting the virus.  The response from my tribe was phenomenal and I had everything I needed.  Like food and supplies and everything pertaining to my household.  I was taken care of by my community and family and friends.  Cedar tea and medicine was dropped off on my front porch by friends and family.  A community care package was delivered with care by my tribe I will never forget!  Most important my elder workers were there if I needed anything.  Chi-Miigwetch to my tribe for being there for me.”