Monthly Archives

May 2018

Mark Bellamy

Veteran’s fence repairs become within reach through Home Depot grant

By | Home Repairs

LifeCare Alliance, through funding from the Helping Hometown Heroes grant provided by Home Depot and Meals on Wheels America, is helping local veterans like Mark make necessary repairs to their homes.

Because of a fixed income, Mark faced a significant challenge when his large privacy fence was damaged, attracting attention from a city code enforcement officer. The Helping Hometown Heroes grant helped Mark get the help he needed to shore up his fence and remove a citation he received.

He shared his story with us:

“My name is Mark, and during the 1970’s I was an Airman in the Navy.

My home is located on a corner lot and in my neighborhood crime has spiked, and my privacy fence provides me with a sense of security.  One day, I noticed the fence was leaning, and then it fell – that is when I received a citation from the City Of Columbus Code Enforcement Officer. After I was cited, we had a strong storm, and part of the large fence came down!

The code enforcement officer referred me to Maurice Elder from LifeCare Alliance. I was told that he helps veterans with these types of projects.  LifeCare Alliance and Home Depot assisted with repairing my fence and allowing code enforcement to remove the citation.

I am disabled and living on VA pension which isn’t much, so this help was a Godsend for me. Since my repair, Maurice inquired if I was in need of home-delivered meals. I gladly accepted the help. In closing, I would like to say, God Bless Home Depot and LifeCare Alliance.”

 

 

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David and Diane Kazee

Home Depot grant helps repair floors in veteran’s home

By | Home Repairs

David, an Air Force veteran, and his wife, Diane, reside in a mobile home in Columbus, Ohio.  Their home was in need of major repairs, especially the floor.  The flooring had begun to wear away, and Diane feared that her husband, who maneuvers through the home in an electric scooter, would fall through the floor.

Fortunately, help for David and Diane was available through the Helping Hometown Heroes grant provided by The Home Depot Foundation and Meals on Wheels America. The Helping Hometown Heroes grant provides home repairs for veterans and their spouses.

Maurice Elder, customer service director at LifeCare Alliance and the administrator of the grant, connected the couple with the contractors of Home Depot to repair the flooring in the couple’s home.

Diane said she thanked the Lord the work could be done “because I was so worried about his condition and falling through the floor.  The guys who came to our home were very nice, polite, professional, and cleaned up after finishing the work!” One of the contractors noticed the couple’s toilet needed to be replaced. The toilet was not included in the original scope of work, but he replaced it with a new ADA-compliant toilet.

“I am so thankful to God that there are programs like this — one that extends funds even when the VA or others [have] exhausted their resources,” David said. “I appreciate all the businesses that contribute to this program; I want to thank LifeCare Alliance for your compassion for us and others like us.”

Floor repairs in progress
Beat the Heat Fan Drive information

Beat the Heat Fan Campaign Kicks into Gear

By | Fan Campaign, Featured News

As central Ohio temperatures swiftly moved from the 50s to the 80s and 90s in May, the need to protect people at risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke also soared.

So LifeCare Alliance stepped into action, kicking off its Beat the Heat Fan Campaign another year.

Central air conditioning is a luxury that is out of reach for many in central Ohio, so the Beat the Heat Fan Campaign helps thousands cool down their homes. The program is entirely fueled by donations from the public, and volunteers help round up donations so they can be distributed to community members most in need.

If you are in need of a fan to cool your home this summer, call LifeCare Alliance’s fan hotline at 614-437-2870. The hotline is updated whenever a fan distribution is scheduled, providing the most up-to-date information.

If you’d like to help out, you have several options:

  • Volunteers are needed to call fire stations 2-3 times a week, pick up donated fans and deliver them to our Harmon Avenue facility.
  • You can donate fans at your nearest Franklin County fire station, or at at 670 Harmon Avenue, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Donated fans must be new; used fans cannot be accepted as they are considered a fire hazard.
  • You can also donate funds to help LifeCare Alliance purchase new fans. Donations may be made online here. Checks may be mailed to LifeCare Alliance, 1699 West Mound Street, Columbus, OH 43223.

Roxie Roth is a LifeCare Alliance Meals-on-Wheels client who received a fan. She told 10TV News that since her home is not air conditioned, she often resorts to poking her head into the freezer to cool down. She is grateful that the Beat the Heat program will help her reduce the temperature inside her home.

For more information about the LifeCare Alliance Beat the Heat Fan Campaign, visit www.lifecarealliance.org/fans.

Keep an eye out for more details about our Beat the Heat Fan Campaign event with 10TV!

Own Your Own Voice – Nov. 17, 2018

By | IMPACT Safety Featured Programs, Uncategorized

This verbal self-defense program is specifically designed for YOU so that your voice will be heard and your boundaries respected.

  • Learn verbal and nonverbal skills for increasing your safety in everyday situations.
  • Role-play scenarios help you practice different choices in assessing your risk and using your own strengths.
  • Gain increased confidence, and practice setting boundaries.

Click here for more information or to register for this event!

IMPACT Safety class participants

Empowered Safety and Self-Defense for Trauma Survivors – Sept. 22, 2018

By | IMPACT Safety Featured Programs

This program teaches realistic interpersonal, emotional, and physical skills that addresses awareness, avoidance, de-escalation, and confrontation.  The skills focus on both interactions with strangers and with those more likely to instill feelings of “un-comfortableness” – people we know.  This course covers all aspects of interpersonal safety and individual choice – providing participants with embodied awareness, practice and tools for their personal toolbox.

  • Learn how to raise your awareness and enhance safety skills
  • Gain verbal and physical tools for preventing and responding to harassment, assault, and abuse
  • Heal from past trauma
  • Physical skills taught are accessible to all

This event will take place Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at LifeCare Alliance’s L.A. Catering & Event Center, 670 Harmon Ave.

Click here for more information or to register for this event!

Own Your Own Safety (BASICS) – July 20-22, 2018

By | IMPACT Safety Featured Programs

This transformational program will teach you practical skills to enhance your personal safety, increase your confidence, and prevent violence.

You are capable and strong! Add to your safety toolbox with our most comprehensive course!

Over the course of 3 days, you will learn boundary setting, verbal self-defense, and full force combat skills.  You will learn strategies for dealing with difficult situations, with a stranger who means you harm, a friend, coworker, or acquaintance.

This program is designed specifically for women, ages 18 and over, helping to maximize power and confidence in a supportive environment.

This program takes place:

  • Friday, July 20, 2018 – 5-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018 – 9 a .m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 22, 2018 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Click here for more information or to register for this event!

Box fans

Seeking Fan Campaign Volunteers!

By | Carrie's Cafe, Fan Campaign, Featured News, Volunteers

LifeCare Alliance’s “Beat the Heat” program distributes fans to our central Ohio neighbors at risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

To donate, individuals, groups, and businesses can drop off fans at their nearest fire station.

Volunteers are needed to retrieve donated fans from fire stations and transport them to our distribution site at 670 Harmon Avenue.

Can you help? Please let us know by contacting Maria Damo at mdamo@www.lifecarealliance.org or (614) 437-2947.

We would like to invite you to our Fan Volunteer Open House to kick off the “Beat the Heat” fan campaign! Please join us to learn more about the program and your responsibility in helping us! Here are the details:

Fan Volunteer Open House
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
670 Harmon Avenue, Columbus, OH 43223
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Light refreshments served.

Thank you, LifeCare Alliance nurses!

By | Columbus Cancer Clinic, Featured News, Help-at-Home, Wellness

Happy National Nurses Week! LifeCare Alliance, originally called the Instructive District Nursing Association and founded in 1898, was the first Visiting Nurse agency in Ohio. Today, the Agency still has a mission to lead the community in identifying and delivering health and nutrition services to meet the community’s changing needs.

National Nurses Week is May 6th-12th annually, and is a time to recognize and support the nursing profession. We want to celebrate the nurses on staff who work hard daily to make sure the needs of our clients are met through the Columbus Cancer Clinic, Help-at-Home, and the Wellness department.

Get to know some of the nurses at LifeCare Alliance:

Doris Gyasi, RN

“I have been in the nursing field for 22 years now. I started as nursing aide, medication aide, Licensed Practical Nurse, and then RN.  To me nursing is not career rather it is a calling.  I’m passionate about healthy living, education, caring, and improving lives. I love what I do.”

Thelma Fosselman

“As a child I never wanted to be a nurse.  It just never crossed my mind until I saw a sign on the OSU campus my freshman year reminding students to get their nursing school application submitted. So I did and here I am. I was an attorney for a short time but I think God has a plan for each of us and it appears that I am chosen to be a nurse and I couldn’t be happier or more fulfilled.” Thelma has been a nurse for 35 years.

Barbara A. Parker, B.S.N, R.N., Faith Community Nurse

“I have been a nurse for 49 years.  After testing the waters by volunteering as teens at Mt. Carmel Hospital, my girlfriend and I decided to continue our education at Capital University, pursuing careers in nursing.”

Melinda Rowe, BSN, RN

“Nursing is a second career for me. I have always been passionate about wellness. I started with nutrition, then fitness, and now the nursing profession. I knew I wanted to be a wellness nurse, with a focus on keeping people out of the hospital and remaining as healthy as possible. Being a nurse allows me to work alongside other nurses as well as other allied health professionals to do just this!”

Julie Poirier, B.S.N.,  R.N.

“I’ve been a nurse 29 years at LifeCare.  When I was in high school, I wanted to be a nurse because nurses care and educate people.   At LifeCare, I’ve been a visiting nurse, weekend nurse manager, home health aide supervisor, and wellness nurse.  As a wellness nurse, I help seniors with chronic illnesses and see travel health customers.   Nursing is great because you learn new things, use critical judgment, and make a difference in your patient’s lives.”

Peggy Parisot

“37+ years of nursing.  I thought it would be a practical way to help people in many different roles and no matter where I am.  My mother, grandmother, and aunt were all nurses and great role models.”

Catherine Nelson Black

Legacy Endowment Campaign featured in Columbus Business First

By | Featured News, Legacy, Wellness

LifeCare Alliance’s $5 million endowment match campaign was featured this month in Columbus Business First.

The article, by staff reporter Carrie Ghose, highlighted the magnitude of such a gift to an agency such as LifeCare Alliance.

“This is a transformational thing for the agency,” LifeCare Alliance President & CEO Chuck Gehring is quoted as saying. “Groups like us never get this. If we get a $10,000 gift, we have a party.”

An anonymous donor has committed to matching the first $5 million in gifts to LifeCare Alliance’s endowment. The donation comes as the Agency celebrates its 120th anniversary.

Click here to learn more about the Legacy Endowment Campaign, contact Chuck Gehring at 614-437-2801, or Rebecca Hurd, Director of Advancement, at 614-437-2867.

Click here to donate to the Legacy Endowment Campaign now!

LifeCare Alliance honors outstanding Franklin County volunteers

By | Help-at-Home, Meals-on-Wheels, Volunteers, Wellness

LifeCare Alliance handed out more than 20 awards on Monday, April 1, 2018, at the annual Volunteer Recognition ceremony for outstanding Franklin County volunteers.

The Spirit Award presentation is a time to celebrate and recognize the dedication, commitment, and achievements of volunteers who give their time to our older adult citizens so they can remain independent in their homes.

This event, which honored the contributions of volunteers the previous year,  was live-streamed on Facebook Live. To watch the ceremony, click here to access the video on LifeCare Alliance’s Facebook page.

The 2017 Spirit Award recipients are:

  • American Electric Power, Corporate Leadership Spirit Award
  • Dr. Akua Amponsah, Help-at-Home Spirit Award
  • Natalie Artz, Youth Leadership Spirit Award
  • Jack DeBarr & Joseph Seifert, The Harriette Goodspeed Spirit Award
  • Kellie DuPont & Family, Future LifeCare Alliance Leader Spirit Award
  • Quentin Feng, Corporate Meals-on-Wheels Route Coordinator Spirit Award
  • Michelle Ford, Groceries to Go Spirit Award
  • Penny Henry, Catherine Gillie Spirit Award
  • Joan Hess, Farmer’s Market Spirit Award
  • Kelly Hollis, Outstanding Spirit Award
  • Huntington National Bank, Corporate Meals-on-Wheels Route Spirit Award
  • Ali Iovino, Food Production Spirit Award
  • Jackie Jacobs, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Cherie Luckoff, Pet Care Spirit Award
  • John McHugh, Advancement Spirit Award
  • Everett Meidell, John Nilssen Memorial Spirit Award
  • Nationwide, Community Service Spirit Award
  • Nationwide PAWS, Pet Care Corporate Spirit Award
  • Ohio Dominican University, Meals-on-Wheels School Spirit Award
  • Thomas & Angela Stephens, The Samuel L. Black Volunteer Spirit Award
  • Temple Beth Shalom, The Frank Stoddard Raper Spirit Award
  • Wednesday Hump Leagues, POHC Philanthropic Spirit Award

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities for LifeCare Alliance, please call 614-444-MEAL (6325) or visit www.lifecarealliance.org to learn more.

Photo gallery

To see a gallery of images from the LifeCare Alliance Volunteer Recognition ceremony, click here.

Volunteers recognized for awards

Volunteers recognized in Champaign, Logan, Marion counties

By | Meals-on-Wheels, Volunteers

LifeCare Alliance recognized the 2017 Spirit Award Volunteers in Champaign, Logan, and Marion counties in April.

Each year, LifeCare Alliance conducts a series of Spirit Award ceremonies to recognize outstanding volunteers for their service and dedication to homebound older adults and medically challenged and disabled neighbors in our communities.

The Spirit Award presentation is a time to celebrate and recognize the dedication, commitment, and achievements of volunteers who give their time to our older adult citizens so they can remain independent in their homes.  The 2017 Spirit Award recipients are:

Champaign County

  • St. Paris Dining Center, 2017 Champaign County Community Partner Spirit Award
  • Barbara Kunze, 2017 Champaign County Meals-on-Wheels Spirit Award
  • Person Centered Services, 2017 Champaign County Corporate Meals-on-Wheels Spirit Award
  • Cherry Arbors, 2017 Champaign County Dining Center Spirit Award
  • Char’s Market and Kitchen, 2017 Champaign County Meals-on-Wheels Leader Spirit Award
  • The Champaign County Memorial Foundation, 2017 Champaign County Champion Spirit Award

Logan County

  • Lisa Davidson, 2017 Logan County Corporate Meals-On-Wheels Route Coordinator Award
  • West Liberty First Church of God, 2017 Logan County Dining Center Spirit Award
  • Indian Lake High School, 2017 Logan County MOW School Spirit Award
  • RTC Industries, 2017 Logan County Meals-on-Wheels Corporate Spirit Award
  • Deborah Emerick, 2017 Logan County Community Service Spirit Award
  • Wayne Wells, 2017 Logan County Meals-on-Wheels Spirit Award

Marion County

  • Dave Claborn, 2017 Marion County Champion Spirit Award
  • Marion Technical College, 2017 Corporate Meals-on-Wheels Spirit Award
  • Sherry Mentor and Inez Tackett, 2017 Marion County Dining Center Award
  • Gary Robinson, 2017 Marion County Meals-on-Wheels Spirit Award

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities for LifeCare Alliance, please call 614-444-MEAL (6325) or visit www.lifecarealliance.org to learn more.