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NORTH HAVEN CARES, as announced in the October 2014 North Haven News (see below), officially closed during the Fall of 2014, and all the good Programs, plus a new one, moved over to be “housed” under the umbrella of the North Haven Baptist Church.
DONATIONS ARE WELCOME AS ALWAYS, NOW TO BE MADE OUT TO “NHBC DISCRETIONARY FUND” – AND MAILED TO THE CHURCH. DO NOT USE PAYPAL ON THIS SITE. Please specify the Program on the line on the check, or in a note – Meals Program, Family Caregivers, or Certification of Home Helpers. Mail to:
NHBC DISCRETIONARY FUND, NORTH HAVEN BAPTIST CHURCH, POB 435, NORTH HAVEN, MAINE 04853
Huge thanks in advance to all involved, neighbors, and the Church.
During nine years, several good community programs were created, thanks to the founder of the non-profit and many dedicated volunteers and donors. The programs and funding are in good hands – the same teams now under the umbrella of the Church.
MEALS FOR NEIGHBORS continues, December though March, once a week. Contact Tracy Ames, Elaine Brown, or Nan Lee for more information.
FAMILY CAREGIVING information and support, e.g. grants to pay for home helpers or to support personal needs of the family caregiver herself or himself. Please contact Tracy Ames or the Church directly. Home care or “aging in place” in one’s own home is the preference of many, and at-home family caregiving is often long-term, constantly changing, and demanding. We salute all family caregivers, of all ages.
There is now also a small fund to pay for renewal or first CERTIFICATION OF HOME HELPERS (related to a new program on North Haven to coordinate, from the Clinic, home help as needed. Thanks to the Pulpit Harbor Foundation and dedicated Clinic staff and volunteers, this was approved in principle at the Town Meeting of March 2015. Inquire at the Clinic for more information.
North Haven Cares thanks all who served on the small board of directors and officers over these years, and the many volunteers and donors who help in so many valuable ways. The programs above exist and continue with funding in place, thanks to so many in our community. .
Family caregivers are precious resources as we all know. Take care and share the care – the only way to prevent wear and tear.
With gratitude and best wishes from your neighbors: Lauren E. Storck, founder and retiring president; Tracy Ames continues as contact person/retiring treasurer; Gail Bach, retiring vice president, and Peggy Gilbert, retiring secretary.
FROM THE NORTH HAVEN NEWS, OCTOBER 2014:
NORTH HAVEN CARES ANNOUNCES TRANSITION
North Haven Cares is pleased to announce an exciting transition for our programs. Our community activities serving caregivers and families are moving over to a long-established and important part of island life, the North Haven Baptist Church. The Church will be the new “umbrella” non-profit for these programs.
With huge thanks to all supporters (volunteers, donors, and others), this transition ensures that our services will continue. Nevertheless, the entity called North Haven Cares will become history – we hope a remembered name. The caring programs continue with the same wonderful volunteers as outlined here:
a. Nine years ago, North Haven Cares volunteers created the non-profit to respond to a clear need for home care services.. We held community meetings (at the Church also), established a fund to enable one home helper to be certified (who served the community for five years), also also contributed to the re-establishment of the Town Outreach Worker position (a separate continuing service).
b. Shortly after that, the Meals-For-Neighbors Program started in a small way, and has grown considerably. It’s a weekly four-month winter delivery of hot meals to many in the community who cannot get out easily. Volunteers shop, cook, and deliver in sometimes severe weather. We again thank donors and volunteers for this much-appreciated program that will continue with the same leadership, funding and teams of participants.
c. The family caregiver grant program assisted families during recent years, with a small grant that was used, in any way the family caregiver wished, to reduce the stress and long-term nature of family caregiving. Many of these grants were used to help pay for home services.
d. As North Haven Cares funds and volunteers transition to this new structure, a new fund is identified now (thanks again to our donors) to help train and certify up to three home helpers during the coming five years. This continues North Haven Care’s interest in having island home helpers available, and will fit with new planning from the Clinic and others. More about this in future articles.
These several programs are not only well-funded for the current year, they also have sufficient funds for sustainability for several years due to the generosity of donors. New donations will be welcome, made out to the NHBC Discretionary Fund with the memo saying “Meals Program.” As always, anyone may wish to donate to the Discretionary Fund in general that also supports our shared values. Details in future articles, and meanwhile, the email address for NHCares firstname.lastname@example.org.
For everything there is a season…Ecclesiastes 3:1
P.S. These current programs do not include mention of several related community efforts from NHCares across the years such as Family Community Fundraising Suppers, an Educational Event at WCC with film and speakers, Silver Sneakers, personal kitchen chats with family caregivers, email conversations with families, meetings with other island and mainland groups, as well as the North Haven Cares blog online. We know neighbors will continue helping neighbors as always, with good new things also coming along.