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Agency that helps Idaho elderly and disabled could close

GARDEN CITY -- An agency that helps provide vital services for southwest Idaho's elderly and disabled could close at the end of the month. It's the result of a battle over funding that's been brewing for months.

The Idaho Council of Governments, or ICOG, has provided transportation, cleaning services and meals to Idaho's most vulnerable people for years. Now, ICOG board members say they have no choice but to comply with the Idaho Commission on Aging, which is letting its contract with ICOG expire at the end of the month.

That means for the next few weeks, ICOG workers will be trying to make sense of this change.

"Our main purpose is basically to help people stay in their homes as long as they possibly can by providing supportive services," said Sarah Scott, director of the agency.

Each day, employees with the private non-profit work with the elderly and disabled across 10 counties. Full story.


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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.