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Dear Grand Traverse Band Elders,

Hope your enjoying the summer sun and nice weather. Take time to enjoy the warm days and cool nights. The Grand Traverse Band Elders Program has prided itself on being ready to serve all GTB elders offering support and resources. Listed below is some program information that we want you to be aware of. If you have any questions regarding any GTB programs or services that you are seeking, please feel free to reach out to our elder’s coordinator to assist you. If you are trying to contact staff during the Covid-19 epidemic, we want to be sure that each of you have the staff contact information. Also, we want to inform you that some staff are working from home and have limited hours in the office. So, please use the phone directory below and when contacting staff be sure to leave a message including your name and contact information. In addition, we want you to know that prior to the Covid-19 GTB closure, one of our GT Coordinators relocated to the Benzie area, please reference the staff Directory for the updated contact information:

Interim Dept Manger             Doris Winslow                   534-7965          (cell) 866-1108


Program Director                    Tanya Raphael                  534-7746               (cell) 313-6922


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

                                                     WaSinade Raphael          534- 7740               (cell) 866-1013

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

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

Charlevoix County                  Virginia Fields                   534-7066                (cell) 492-4351


Elders Emergency

Elders emergency requests are still available for you to use. Your request will need to be submitted by Sept 4th to ensure that you DO NOT lose any funds that are available. Staff can assist you with your request over the phone, you do not have to come into the office.



Farmers Market Coupons:

If you were in the program last year, and your household size or income has not changed you are certified to receive Farmers Market Coupons this year. If you have not contact by staff by now, please call them to arrange to get your coupons. Remember If your household or income has changed – a new application will be required. 

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.

2021 EE Elders Emergency form

Caregiver Application FY2020

UPDATED 10 13 20 Procedures - Caregiver Program