NORTH HAVEN CARES – TRANSITION OF PROGRAMS

DO NOT DONATE USING PAYPAL ON THIS CLOSED PAGE. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

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.

Reminders:

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

Dear Neighbors,

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 remainsnhcares@gmail.com.

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.

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Lauren can be reached on this email address: drlestorck@gmail.com (the nhcares email address will be closed soon.)

North Haven Cares – Transition of Programs

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 also 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.

Reminders:

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

Dear Neighbors,

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 remains nhcares@gmail.com.

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.

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Lauren can be reached on this email address: drlestorck@gmail.com (the nhcares email address will be closed soon.)

Caregiving that goes On and On – with Love

This is one story in the new issue of the Central MA Agency on Aging online newsletter – it’s so full of good articles as usual.

The story catching a lot of attention is this one: Daughter 90 cares for 110 year old Mom: http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20140215/NEWS01/302130045/Daughter-90-cares-110-year-old-mom?utm_source=February+21%2C+2014&utm_campaign=Constant+Contact&utm_medium=email&nclick_check=1

If you take time to read it, you might have some good questions or thoughts for discussion here. For examples:

It is what families do, sometimes, and it is also something that many families cannot do for many reasons.

Having a daughter and son-in-law to help is great – they are in the same area. One assumes they are not overburdened, or are they?

Caregiving is, in a way, giving parents back, and then again, some other adult children have demanding jobs, ill health, or dispersed families that live very far away.

Social services are hopefully available to help too – in some areas, or are they?

Your thoughts?

HANDSPHOTONEW

 

 

 

 

More stories in this issue’s links from here: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=b2c4c64c-dd1a-451a-a4a3-d7f1c224476a&c=ae373170-430f-11e3-9009-d4ae52806905&ch=afaf0460-430f-11e3-9075-d4ae52806905

Caregiving in the age of long decline?

We link you to another good article from the MA state agency on aging, see

http://www.guernicamag.com/features/caregiving-in-the-age-of-long-decline/?utm_content=buffer057e6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer&utm_source=February+7%2C2014&utm_campaign=Constant+Contact&utm_medium=email

Reminder: subscribe to this blog.

Email for NHCares is nhcares@gmail.com

Two main programs: Meals for Neighbors and Family Caregiver Grants

Email questions welcome. 

February is a short month!

What will March bring?

It’s been cold, brutally cold, snow and more snow. Some love it! Ha ha ha….not so safe to get out and about though.

HANDSPHOTONEW

 

 

 

 

 

We send a huge thanks to our volunteers for the MEALS FOR NEIGHBORS this season!

And we remind all reading about the FAMILY CAREGIVER GRANT – need more information? Find the page on this website (blog), or email us anytime, nhcares@gmail.com

Another loud thanks to all who responded to the late 2013 appeal for North Haven Cares! Thanks to your donations, we feel we have funds to continue our programs!

We have not posted much on the blog as of late, since Xmas. Indeed, it feels closer to Easter than to Xams right now, yet if I look at the calendar…who knows?

We have posted a few “eldercare” items of interest on facebook. North Haven Cares does not have a facebook page, yet we post on our personal page there. If you are interested in being a “friend” please email us (nhcares@gmail.com).

We also send out an email blast to all emails we know related to North Haven, from time to time. If you have not seen any of those, please send us your email address today. Thanks if you do!

My new favorite – Aging is not for sissies!

Stay warm and well, take good care and share the care – to prevent wear and tear.

“I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner in a corner by the fireside and simply look on. ”

― Eleanor Roosevelt

Merry and Happy Xmas to All – the e-newsletter

SEE this page – http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/333708/59935dc084/1429001642/a73416c63c/ to read the newest e-news from North Haven Cares.

AND, if you have not seen our December greeting in your email box, let us know! We hope we have your current working email address, yet if in doubt or you did not see this email yesterday, please email it to us now – email to NHCARES@GMAIL.COM – thanks if you do!

MAY the week be safe, warm and peaceful for you all, with family, friends, and neighbors – connected in person, or on the Internet!

The days are now getting longer, at least in our XMAS2Northern parts of our world :-).

 

In Home Care – New Article with Review of Good Information

Good information and reminders for many families – new article September 2013 – see http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424127887323595004579070801169679782-lMyQjAxMTAzMDEwNTExNDUyWj.html?mod=wsj_valettop_email

How does this apply to North Haven and you? Comments invited!

Taking Care of You

For the family caregiver, a reminder about this great resource online – http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=847

from an established organization. And as we say, “Self-care and share the care is the way – to avoid wear and tear” when you are the family (or friend, or neighbor, or teen, or community) caregiver over months and years.

Your own comments, experiences, suggestions, and articles are invited.

7 Simple Home Repairs – Aging in Place

We have mentioned Beacon Hill Village models before – and here’s a new report.

How are we doing in our community for all this?

Comments welcome.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/08/seven-simple-home-repairs-to-keep-seniors-at-home-longer.html

Summer Saturday Markets

Anyone know when they begin?  Talk to us here or email to NHCares@gmail.com.

North Haven Cares invites you to visit our small table this summer on Saturday mornings at the market. We’ll just be saying hello and answering questions about North Haven Cares, and about Family Caregiving.

We’ll also aim to have some small “jumble” items as well, to raise a few pennies for the non-profit, all volunteer local organization.

Hope to see you there soon.

Home, North Haven Cares, Panel and Film event at WCC about Family Caregiving a few years ago:

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HANDSPHOTONEW

August panel photo, 2008 (Peggy, Tom, Jean, and Candace)