Update on service efforts, thanks to your donations

Date: May 21, 2020 | Category: News

As we end our 10th week of serving older adults during this COVID-19 pandemic, we pause to check in and let know we you hope you are doing well and saying safe.
While local, state and federal officials begin steps to reopen businesses, we at Care Connection are carefully going forward with the health and safety of older adults as our first priorities. Thus, we remain uncertain as to when we will ease into reopening centers to the public.
We miss seeing all the folks we serve. However, Care Connection team members throughout our 13 counties have remained committed and working to provide meals, services, and virtual friendly visiting with the seniors we serve.
During this time, we are:
–Expanding home-delivered meal routes to include people who may have attended the center for meals but decided to remain home.
— Providing no-contact, curbside meal service to adults 60 and older at most of our centers.
–Offering uninterrupted, comprehensive Care Management services via telephone in all 13 counties.
–Leading online programming such as Medicare 101 and Aging Mastery with plans to offer Tai Chi and Money Management, as well as other educational and fun events.
–Delivering handmade greeting cards to many clients, a weekly Cabin Fever Cures newsletter chock full of ideas to enjoy time at home, and telephone reassurance to stay in touch.
–Presenting volunteer appreciation gifts and gestures as well as special token gifts and holiday treats to our homebound clients.
–Keeping all staffing at pre-pandemic levels amid unprecedented national unemployment rates and despite a decrease in fundraising dollars.
–Applying for and receiving newly available grant funding from national organizations such as Meals on Wheels.
Spring is usually busy with fundraising events at the centers, which rely on their local communities for about a third of their funding. COVID-19 forced us to cancel all in-person events.
Thank you to all who have provided monetary gifts to help offset the budget deficits that these cancellations have caused. We have received hundreds of gifts in all amounts, and we appreciate each one. We also want to make sure that you know that the need still exists as we continue to maneuver the uncertain future. If you have not already done so, please consider giving a gift in any amount to help Care Connection’s senior centers continue their services. Click here to donate online now.Click here to donate online now.
We wish you and your family all the best. Please let us know how we can help.

Sincerely,

Diana Hoemann
Executive Director