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Seneca County Public Guardianship Program receives major grant funding




File Photo: Seneca County Joint Justice Center

Tiffin, Ohio — The Seneca County Public Guardianship Program has received a $55,000 grant from the Allen Eiry Foundation to support its services for the county’s elderly and vulnerable residents. The grant, managed by the Columbus Foundation, will provide the program with its first vehicle, a part-time office assistant, and improve office technology.

Under the leadership of Judge Jay A. Meyer, the Public Guardianship Program provides 24-hour guardianship and conservatorship services to indigent residents aged 55 and older who have been declared legally incompetent or suffer from a medical or mental disability. The Public Guardian serves as a trusted companion and advocate, attending appointments, monitoring the health and safety of program participants, and making financial and medical decisions when necessary.

The grant from the Allen Eiry Foundation, established in 1983 in honor of the late Seneca County resident, businessman, and farmer Allen Eiry, will allow the program to visit participants more frequently and ensure they are transported to crucial appointments. “The funds we receive from the Allen Eiry Foundation will help us continue to provide this integral service to our community,” said Judge Meyer.

“It is a great honor and privilege to serve as the Public Guardian and help protect our community’s most vulnerable,” said Public Guardian Jay Rishty. “Thanks to the generous support from the Allen Eiry Foundation, as well as partnerships with local agencies, we can continue to provide life-supporting services to our program participants at no charge.”

For more information, visit the Seneca County Probate Court’s website at

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