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LifeCare Alliance improves shower access for Navy widow with help of MOWA, Team Depot

By | Featured News, Home Repairs

LifeCare Alliance, with the help of a grant from Meals on Wheels America and Team Depot, made improvements in the home of a Navy widow to help her safely access her shower.

Carol is the widow of a Navy veteran who served four years in active duty as well as 16 years in the Reserves. With limited mobility, simply getting into and out of the shower became a challenge for Carol. After hearing of LifeCare Alliance’s CHORES program, which helps seniors make home improvements to address safety issues, she decided to apply for assistance. Funding from Meals on Wheels America and Team Depot helps provide these improvements for military veterans and their spouses.

I had two grab bars put in, one on the inside of the shower and one on the outside of the shower. I now can use both of them getting in and out of the shower. That is something that really helps.

They put in a flex handheld shower extension that you could pull off the wall. I can use this to rinse my hair without getting everything else wet. I love that, and I can now put a bench inside the shower to sit down and use the flex extension to wash.

This program from Lifecare Alliance, Meals on Wheels America and Home Depot was so simple to apply for it gave me the incentive to get it done.

I just want to thank everyone involved with assisting me with making it easier to shower and get in and out of the shower area.

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Carol Scior (upstairs tub & shower)

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LifeCare Alliance receives $5,000 grant from the UPS Foundation

By | Featured News, Press Releases

Columbus, Ohio — Dec. 3, 2018 — LifeCare Alliance, the Midwest’s largest provider of Meals-on-Wheels, received a $5,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE:UPS).

The grant will be used to support the purchase of a Meals-on-Wheels delivery vehicle. LifeCare Alliance delivers Meals-on-Wheels to seniors and homebound clients in Franklin, Madison, Marion, Champaign, and Logan counties.

“We appreciate the generous support of The UPS Foundation,” said Chuck Gehring, President and CEO of LifeCare Alliance. “This allows LifeCare Alliance to continue providing our vital wellness and nutrition programs to all clients in need — without a waiting list.”

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety, and the environment.

In 2017, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $118 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

“The UPS Foundation is honored to support LifeCare Alliance’s efforts to provide Meals-on-Wheels in central Ohio,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “Our goal is to fund powerful program that make a lasting difference to the global community.”

For more information, contact:
Michelle Jones
Communications Director
LifeCare Alliance
614-437-2803
mjones@lifecarealliance.org

ABOVE: UPS has delivered a $5,000 grant to LifeCare Alliance to support the purchase of a new Meals-on-Wheels vehicle. Photo ©2018 United Parcel Service of America, Inc. All rights reserved.

LifeCare Alliance nominee AEP wins Medical Mutual Pillar Award

By | Featured News, Meals-on-Wheels, Press Releases, Volunteers

LifeCare Alliance is pleased to announce that our longtime partner American Electric Power has been chosen for The Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service.

AEP has been one of LifeCare Alliance’s foremost supporters for more than a decade. LifeCare Alliance proudly nominated AEP because of the company’s many financial contributions as well as the all-important boots on the ground that help expand our reach to tens of thousands of clients each year.

In 2017, LifeCare Alliance accepted its largest-ever single gift — a $1 million contribution from the American Electric Power Foundation. Charles Gehring, the president and CEO of LifeCare Alliance, called the gift “transformational” for the Agency. He said the money would be used to purchase a new Meals-on-Wheels delivery van each year for four years, as well as to provide support for the health and nutrition programs that keep central Ohio seniors and people with medical challenges safe, independent, and living in their own homes — where they want to be.

Employees of AEP have hosted donation drives to support clients of our Help-at-Home program, the Columbus Cancer Clinic, holiday Adopt-a-Family campaigns, and our Senior PetCare program — which helps seniors care for their beloved pets by providing food, supplies, and veterinary care.

Perhaps most importantly, American Electric Power has been a significant and reliable source of volunteer manpower for LifeCare Alliance. Groups of employees regularly visit our meal distribution center to volunteer in our Groceries-to-Go Pantry for people fighting cancer and HIV/AIDS, to serve meals at our Senior Dining Center, and to pack and sort food items for Meals-on-Wheels and Senior PetCare. Through our Corporate Adopt-a-Route program, nearly 100 AEP employees share the responsibility of delivering daily Meals-on-Wheels routes, donating their lunch hour to visit people in need every day, delivering a meal, a friendly smile, and a basic wellness check for thousands of homebound central Ohioans.

AEP is in its 13th year of participation in the Corporate Adopt-a-Route program and has delivered more than 100,000 meals.

AEP will be honored with The Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service during a ceremony hosted by Smart Business Magazine on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. For more information about this event, click here or contact Molly Carpenter of Smart Business Magazine at 440-250-7039 or mcarpenter@sbonline.com.

LifeCare Alliance featured at senior hiring event

By | Careers, Events, Featured News

LifeCare Alliance will be the featured employer at an upcoming hiring event geared toward job seekers aged 50 and over.

Employment For Seniors will host the event Thursday, Dec. 6 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at 4300 E. Broad St. in Columbus.

Representatives from LifeCare Alliance will be offering immediate interviews for positions including:

  • Direct Care Support (caregivers)
  • Food Service Workers
  • Meals-on-Wheels Delivery Drivers

To register for this event, call Employment for Seniors at 614-863-1219 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Learn more

Click here to listen to the Successful Encore Career Podcast episode featuring Molly Haroz of LifeCare Alliance

APPLY TODAY

Interested in career opportunities with LifeCare Alliance? You can apply online 24 hours a day! Click here to see our open positions.

Share the Love with Vulnerable Seniors This Year

By | Featured News, Meals-on-Wheels

Exciting news!

For the eleventh year running, the Meals on Wheels network — including LifeCare Alliance — is participating in the Subaru Share the Love® Event. Over the past ten years, Subaru and its retailers have helped Meals on Wheels deliver nearly 2 million meals nationwide to seniors in need.

Why does Subaru support Meals on Wheels? Too many seniors are struggling to stay independent and healthy. One in four seniors lives alone in isolation and one in seven seniors might not know from where their next meal is coming. This is simply unacceptable, which is why LifeCare Alliance provides the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to our homebound friends and neighbors in central Ohio. This vital support keeps seniors in their own homes, where they want to be.

We’re incredibly grateful to Subaru and its retailers for supporting our organization and the seniors we serve. With that in mind, we thought you might want to learn a little bit more about the Subaru Share the Love® Event.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

This November 15, 2018, through January 2, 2019, for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased, Subaru will donate $250 to the customer’s choice of participating charities.* Meals on Wheels is one of four national participating charities and has been since the inception of the event. Through this event, as a member of Meals on Wheels America, LifeCare Alliance will receive a share of the donation from Subaru vehicles sold in Ohio.

You might not be in the market to purchase a new car, but if you are, please look into the Subaru Share the Love® Event to learn more. If you’re not shopping for a new vehicle, you can still help by spreading the word to your family and friends. A few quick and easy ways to do that:

And remember: this holiday season you can ensure our senior neighbors are not forgotten, when you buy or lease a new Subaru and select Meals on Wheels as your charity of choice.

*Disclaimer: Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased from November 15, 2018, through January 2, 2019, to four national charities designated by the purchaser or lessee. Pre-approved Hometown Charities may be selected for donation depending on retailer participation. Certain participating retailers may make an additional donation to the Hometown Charities selected. Purchasers/lessees must make their charity designations by January 31, 2019. The four national charities will receive a guaranteed minimum donation of $250,000 each. See your local Subaru retailer for details or visit subaru.com/share. All donations made by Subaru of America, Inc.

Thanksgiving Pie Sale is back at Carrie’s Cafe!

By | Carrie's Cafe, Events, Featured News, LA Catering, Uncategorized

Carrie’s Cafe is offering delicious 10-inch pies for sale this holiday season. The following three pie flavors are available to purchase:

  • Apple $9
  • Pumpkin $9
  • Sweet Potato $9

All proceeds from holiday pie sales are invested back into LifeCare Alliance to support older adults, medically challenged and disabled individuals in central Ohio.

HOW TO ORDER

Pie orders are due by Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018.

Use the online form to order or call 614-437-2982 Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You may also stop by Carrie’s Cafe during normal business hours.

All orders must be prepaid in full. Cash, checks and credit card are accepted forms of payment. Please make checks payable to LifeCare Alliance.

Order Online Now!

To order multiple pie flavors, click “Continue Shopping” on the next screen.

10-inch Pie Options

PICKING UP YOUR ORDER

Shipping is not available for this promotion. Pie orders can be picked up at Carrie’s Cafe, 670 Harmon Ave., on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Home Depot representatives with LifeCare Alliance clients and staff

LifeCare Alliance, Team Depot complete veteran’s porch project

By | Featured News, Home Repairs

This summer, LifeCare Alliance featured Bob and Linda, South Side Parsons Area community advocates. A damaged roof and sinking porch on their own home presented a significant challenge to the military family.

LifeCare Alliance assisted the couple through the Helping Hometown Heroes grant provided by Home Depot and Meals on Wheels America. The porch and roof were improved this summer, and Team Depot representatives returned in September to paint the porch after giving materials time to cure.

LifeCare Alliance is proud to offer this assistance in the central Ohio community. For more information, call 614-278-3130.

Vital repair assistance keeps Army widow from going homeless

By | Featured News, Home Repairs

A mysterious leak in the bathroom nearly left an Army widow penniless when repair costs and water bills began to add up. But thanks to LifeCare Alliance, through a grant from Meals on Wheels America and Team Depot, the leak and damage were fixed — allowing her to stay safe, independent, and living in her own home.

Darlene is the widow of an Army veteran who served from 1945-1947. Since her husband passed away years ago, money became tight. Her retirement and pension income also had run out. So when the unexpected leak caused major damage to her bathroom floor, she had no way to pay for repairs.

Since the leak appeared to be coming from the bathtub, Darlene tried limiting showers to avoid further damage to the floor. When that wasn’t working, Darlene thought she may be forced to leave the home she shared with her late husband. Around tax time this year, she shared her concerns with her tax preparer, who gave her some leads on assistance with the home repairs, including LifeCare Alliance.

“The Lord was watching over me when I found LifeCare,” Darlene said. “The first day the contractor came in, he showed me a picture of the new floor he was going to install.”

The contractor also pinpointed the source of the leak as the toilet, not the tub. “That’s something we wouldn’t have even known if it wasn’t for the contractor and LifeCare.”

Darlene’s sister lives with her and is on oxygen 24 hours a day. In addition to the floor repair, the contractor said the two would need grab bars installed in the bathroom for safety. Darlene had maxed out her credit card purchasing grab bars, but assistance from the Helping Homebound Heroes grant allowed her to return them, giving her an additional financial break.

“When the contractor got finished with the job, we were so overwhelmed at the look and safety of our bathroom. It was beautiful,” Darlene said. “We can take a bath now! We went without taking baths or showering for months in fear of the tub going through the floor.”

Darlene is grateful for the help she received from LifeCare Alliance, with the support of Meals on Wheels America and Team Depot.

“You know the Lord takes care of the widows and the fallen vets, and today LifeCare was our angel to allow me to stay in my home.”

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LifeCare Alliance clients Bob and Linda

Roof, porch repairs prop up pair of community advocates

By | Featured News, Home Repairs

Bob and Linda are strong community advocates in Columbus’ South Side Parsons Area Commission.

The married couple’s neighborhood pride pushes them to clean up crime and property damage in their community. But as issues with the roof and porch on their own home worsened, Bob and Linda needed some help. Their roof was damaged and part of their porch was sinking.

Bob served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Over the years, he and his wife have dealt with several medical issues. He is one of many veterans that LifeCare Alliance is assisting through the Helping Hometown Heroes grant provided by Home Depot and Meals on Wheels America.

“We were in dire need of help and they came to our rescue to help us out,” Linda said. “And now our roof is fixed along with our porch. We just thank you from the bottom of our heart!!”

Bob shared his story with us:

I served in the Army from 1968-1971, doing one term in Vietnam.

When I got out of the service we got the house, and after some years we starting having a lot of issues with the house. We got a hold of LifeCare Alliance through a community meeting we were attending when Maurice talked about the program. LifeCare saved my rear end by coming out and fixing my roof and my dangerously sinking front porch that we were cited for from City Code Enforcement.

Without LifeCare Alliance, there would have been no way I could have afforded to do these repairs unless I hit the lottery or something.

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Damaged porch

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Repaired porch
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.

Columbus Cancer Clinic recognizes outstanding 2017 volunteers

By | Columbus Cancer Clinic, Volunteers

The Columbus Cancer Clinic, the oldest free cancer clinic in the United States, honored the contributions of some of its outstanding volunteers at the Volunteer Recognition event on Monday, April 16, 2018.

Each year, the Columbus Cancer Clinic Spirit Awards are presented to an individual or group who has given countless hours, support, and care for clients facing cancer. The awards are given in recognition of volunteer contributions during the previous year.

The 2017 award recipients are:

  • Rick and Bobbie Fletcher, Client Care Spirit Award
  • Sue Gordon, Columbus CEO Magazine Healthcare Volunteer of the Year
  • Nancy Lurie, Catherine Nelson Black Philanthropic Spirit Award
  • Northwestern Mutual, Philanthropic Spirit Award
  • Worly Plumbing, Corporate Leadership Spirit Award

If you are interested in volunteering with the Columbus Cancer Clinic or any LifeCare Alliance program, contact LifeCare Alliance at 614-444-MEAL or email volunteer@www.lifecarealliance.org.

 

NBC 4 Highlights $5 Million Match Campaign

By | Legacy, Wellness

On March 27, LifeCare Alliance’s $5 million Endowment match campaign was featured on NBC 4 by reporter Courtney Yuen.

Watch this report by clicking here.

An anonymous donor has generously promised to match $5 million in Endowment donations in 2018, which will help ensure a permanent source of funding to LifeCare Alliance.

“When he said he was going to do this, I was just in tears,” said president and CEO of LifeCare Alliance Chuck Gehring. “We’ve got to be able to get to those people when they need us.”

The potential of having $10 million added to the Endowment fund this year could mean so much for our clients and the Agency’s ability to meet their needs on a long-term basis. LifeCare Alliance has relied heavily on government funding in the past, but now that this funding has decreased and the need for our services is steadily increasing, the Agency must continue to put its focus on how to secure the future for our clients.

Clients rely on services from LifeCare Alliance to meet their basic needs.  Many are not able to safely cook for themselves, so programs like Meals-on-Wheels is really important to their health and well-being.

Darlene Golden, a client of LifeCare Alliance, told NBC4: “I just love it. I just love it,” she said. “It’s very convenient because I’m not able to go out and get my food too much.”

One of the reasons the Agency has been so successful when other Meals-on-Wheels providers have long waiting lists to receive services or closed their doors due to financial reasons is because of our strong and dependent volunteer base. One of LifeCare Alliance’s volunteers, Jim Kimnach, has been with the Agency for four years. Kimnach said, “It’s a wonderful interaction every day. They have good stories to tell and they usually have a smile on their face.”

For more information or to make a donation to LifeCare Alliance’s endowment, contact Chuck Gehring, president and CEO, at 614-437-2801 or cgehring@www.lifecarealliance.org, or Rebecca Hurd, director of advancement, at 614-437-2867 or rhurd@www.lifecarealliance.org.

Click here to donate to the Legacy Endowment Campaign now!

Photo of Columbus Dispatch article

$5 Million Match Campaign Featured in The Columbus Dispatch

By | Legacy, Wellness

The Columbus Dispatch shared the story of LifeCare Alliance’s $5 million endowment match campaign in an article on March 25.

Read the article by clicking here.

An anonymous donor has generously committed to matching the first $5 million in Endowment gifts, beginning in 2018. The donation comes during a momentous time for LifeCare Alliance as the Agency celebrates its 120th anniversary.

“To exist into the future, we need to build this fund up,” Chuck Gehring, president and CEO of LifeCare Alliance, said. “When I heard about this opportunity, I cried.”

The Meals-on-Wheels program is the Agency’s largest service, providing 5,000 meals to 5 counties in the area daily.  One of our clients, Raymond Powell, has been receiving one of these hot, nutritious meals several times a week for 11 years now and also visits one of the Senior Dining Centers every week.

“Without them, I wouldn’t eat very well,” said Powell. “It’s good to get out of the house a bit and have a hot meal.”

An editorial appearing in The Dispatch urged the community to support the Endowment campaign.

Continuing to provide these essential services to our clients is a priority for LifeCare Alliance, and growing the Endowment fund is a key part in securing the future of the Agency.

For more information or to make a donation to LifeCare Alliance’s endowment, contact Chuck Gehring, president and CEO, at 614-437-2801 or cgehring@www.lifecarealliance.org, or Rebecca Hurd, director of advancement, at 614-437-2867 or rhurd@www.lifecarealliance.org.

Click here to donate to the Legacy Endowment Campaign now!

Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard

Elected Officials Help Promote Meals-on-Wheels

By | Meals-on-Wheels, Volunteers

LifeCare Alliance welcomed about 20 local elected officials to participate in Meals-on-Wheels Community Champions Week.

Officials from Franklin, Marion, Logan, Madison and Champaign counties delivered Meals-on-Wheels, visiting members of their communities who are homebound and are unable to prepare their own meals.

We’d like to thank the following officials who participated with this effort.

  • Grove City Mayor Ike Stage
  • Dublin Mayor Greg Peterson
  • State of Ohio Auditor Dave Yost
  • Hilliard Mayor Don Schonhardt
  • State Sen. Stephanie Kunze
  • Joe Gilligan from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office
  • Marion Mayor Scott Schertzer
  • Erik McCarley and Trenton Weaver from U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty’s office
  • Columbus City Councilmember Jaiza Page
  • Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard
  • Marion Police Chief Bill Collins and Chief Deputy Aaron Corwin
  • Urbancrest Mayor Joseph L. Barnes
  • State Rep. Hearcel Craig
  • Champaign County Transit Manager Gary Ledford
  • Champaign County Treasurer Robin Edwards
  • London Police Chief Glenn A Nicol
  • London Mayor Patrick Closser
  • State Sen. Bob Hackett
  • Madison County Commissioner David Hunter
  • Columbus City Councilmember Michael Stinziano

Community Champions Week is part of nationwide effort to give businesses, organizations, governments, and volunteers an opportunity to support homebound seniors in a variety of ways to make America stronger and healthier.

Meals-on-Wheels is especially important to the Columbus community because it allows older adults and chronically ill persons the chance to stay in the comfort of their own homes by delivering meals to them 365 days a year.  This allows our clients and their loved ones to have the peace of mind that someone is checking in on them daily while providing food and socialization.

Many of our clients were excited to have the unique experience of having one of these elected officials visit with them and deliver their meals during the March for Meals Community Champions week!

ABOVE: Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard, right, visits LifeCare Alliance client Retha Sutherland while delivering a meal Friday, March 23, 2018, in Whitehall, Ohio. Maggard was among the more than 20 central Ohio elected officials participating in Meals-on-Wheels Community Champions Week. (Photo by Sky Sharma/LifeCare Alliance)

CODA announces dates for DSMES program

By | Central Ohio Diabetes Association, Diabetes Education

Diabetes Self-Management Education & Support (DSMES) is the gold standard in diabetes education and an important part of managing your diabetes well. This program is also recommended for those with pre-diabetes.

In this series we discuss treatment options, nutrition, medications, insulin, monitoring blood glucose, preventing and treating complications, physical activity, the emotional aspect of diabetes, behavior goals, and management strategies.

The available dates for DSMES are:

April 11, 18, 25 (Wednesdays)…………………………………..5:30-7:30 p.m.

June 6, 13, 20 (Wednesdays)…………………………………….5:30-7:30 p.m.

Follow-up session:

Thursday, June 7……………………………………………………….5:30-7:30 p.m.

All classes will be held at the Central Ohio Diabetes Association located at 1100 Dennison Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201.

2017 Volunteer Recognition Awards

LifeCare Alliance Announces 2018 Volunteer Recognition events

By | Carrie's Cafe, Central Ohio Diabetes Association, Columbus Cancer Clinic, Events, Help-at-Home, Meals-on-Wheels, Volunteers

Each year, we take the time to thank our outstanding volunteers who embody our motto of “Nourishing the Human Spirit.”

Our volunteer base is the heart of LifeCare Alliance, and the work that volunteers do is so valuable to our Agency and our clients alike. More than 100 volunteers are needed every single day to deliver Meals-on-Wheels, run errands, assist with light housekeeping tasks, assist at a Senior Dining or Wellness Center, serve on a board, make favors for our clients, or help in the office.

Volunteers come together as individuals, corporations, families, and groups with the energy and enthusiasm needed to carry out the mission of LifeCare Alliance. Because of the volunteer base, LifeCare Alliance is able to continue serving clients without a waiting list, keeping homebound older adults and individuals with a medical challenge or disability safe, independent, and in their own homes — where they want to be!

Below is information on the locations, dates and times of recognition events throughout our service area. Please join us!

 

LifeCare Alliance Recognition
Monday, April 30, 2018 — 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
L.A. Catering Event Center, 670 Harmon Ave. Columbus, OH 43223

Columbus Cancer Clinic
Monday, April 16, 2018 — 11:00 – 1:00 p.m.
L.A. Catering Event Center, 670 Harmon Ave. Columbus, OH 43223

Logan County Recognition
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 — 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Hilliker YMCA, 300 Sloan Blvd. Bellefontaine, OH 43311

Champaign County Recognition
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 — 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Champaign County Library, 1060 Scioto Street Urbana, OH 43078

Marion County Recognition
Thursday, April 19, 2018 — 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Marion Senior Center, 2375 Harding Hwy E, Marion, OH 43302

Dining Center Recognition
Monday, April 30, 2018 — 11:00 – 1:00 p.m.
L.A. Catering Event Center, 670 Harmon Ave. Columbus, OH 43223

Madison County Recognition
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 — 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Madison County Senior Center, 280 W High St, London, OH 43140

ABOVE: LifeCare Alliance CEO Chuck Gehring, left, presents the 2017 Catherine Nelson Black Philanthropic Spirit Award to Tom Long, JD, a long-time supporter of the Columbus Cancer Clinic.
Columbus Cancer Clinic Volunteer Sue Gordon

Cancer Clinic Volunteer Recognized by Columbus CEO Magazine

By | Columbus Cancer Clinic, Volunteers

One of the Columbus Cancer Clinic’s faithful volunteers, Sue Gordon, has been named Volunteer of the Year in Columbus CEO Magazine’s 2018 Healthcare Achievement Awards.

Sue has been volunteering with the Columbus Cancer Clinic for eight years.  She is a two-time breast cancer survivor and has found a passion for serving others. Sue is thoughtful, passionate, and dedicated to “taking care of those no one pays any attention to,” embodying LifeCare Alliance’s and The Columbus Cancer Clinic’s founder, Catherine Nelson Black’s, original mission.

The Columbus Cancer Clinic began in 1921 and is the nation’s oldest free cancer clinic, where high-quality cancer prevention, early detection, home care, and emotional support services are offered to families in central Ohio.  CCC was founded by Catherine Nelson Black in 1921, and has been a part of LifeCare Alliance since 2005. Without the help of volunteers like Sue Gordon, the Columbus Cancer Clinic would not be able to help as many area residents in need.

Sue has taken on many duties during her experience at CCC, including front desk work, weighing patients, taking blood pressures, and listening to patients concerns who are going through cancer testing. In addition to the volunteer services she provides, Sue also is involved with the Grossman Ray Group, adopts a family during the holidays, and raises money and other donations for the clinic.

As LifeCare Alliance’s CEO Chuck Gehring explains it, “I don’t know how you replace people like Sue. She is a crusader for this stuff and has been wonderful and helped out clients I know independently over the years.”

It is unmistakable that Sue Gordon cares deeply about the clients she works with, and has a true gift of Nourishing the Human Spirit.

Read the article

To read the Columbus CEO Magazine article about Sue Gordon, click here.

LifeCare Alliance CEO Chuck Gehring speaks to the crowd during Big Wheels 2018

LifeCare Alliance Announces $5 Million Match Campaign

By | Carrie's Cafe, Central Ohio Diabetes Association, Columbus Cancer Clinic, Help-at-Home, IMPACT Safety, Legacy, Meals-on-Wheels, POHC, Visiting Nurses, Wellness

At Big Wheels 2018, LifeCare Alliance announced a $5 Million Match Campaign to secure the future, by building its Legacy Endowment.

The Legacy Endowment Campaign is designed to meet existing and future needs of LifeCare Alliance for decades to come.

An anonymous donor has generously committed to matching the first $5 million in Endowment gifts, beginning in 2018. The donation comes during a momentous occasion for LifeCare Alliance as the Agency celebrates its 120th anniversary.

This Campaign creates an opportunity for individuals and families impacted by the work of LifeCare Alliance to express their stewardship and leave their legacies in concrete and meaningful ways.

If you are interested in learning more about the Legacy Endowment Campaign or how you can become a member of the Catherine Nelson Black Society, please contact Chuck Gehring, President and CEO at 614-437-2801 or Rebecca Hurd, Director of Advancement at 614-437-2867.

Click here to donate to the Legacy Endowment Campaign now!


ABOVE: LifeCare Alliance CEO Chuck Gehring speaks to the crowd at Big Wheels 2018.