The goal for Rest A Bit Respite campaign is to reach 10,000 around the country who will open their hearts and pocket books to support this senior caregiver respite grant program. As a caregiver of my own elderly mother, and son who suffers from Huntington's disease, I know how critical it is to have a bit of respite to recharge and rejuvenate. With the help of GIVE65, the ultimate goal is to serve senior caregivers who are needing a bit of respite.
by Housing Opportunities & Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.)
H.O.M.E.'s Moving Program offers seniors support and assistance through one of life's most stressful events-moving from one home to another. Low-income seniors move for many reasons, among them moving to a senior building that better meets their needs as they age, leaving an unhealthy and unsafe environment, or finding a more affordable housing option.
Moves are made much easier for seniors with the help of our coordinator, and in many instances, have the power to change lives. For low-income seniors like Diana, a professional moving company can cost over twice their monthly income. After we helped Diana move, she wrote us this note:
"I would like to express my deepest gratitude and thanks to you, HOME Org., and Big O Mover. Without your help this move would have been impossible. You literally saved my life! I would not have been able to survive under those conditions much longer with the many health problems I have. I am now able to have basic necessities like heat and hot water to bathe. I don't have to inhale mold and mildew anymore or worry about the ceiling falling in on my head. I did something in my new apartment that I have not done in a while, I wash my hair. With that said, you and the HOME Org is truly a God sent and blessing. You help make my burden light and I sincerely thank you. May God return the blessings to you many times over."
Moves for seniors usually are precipitated by a life event- a health event which requires more care, loss of family support, or a financial or housing crisis. Transitions can be one of the most stressful situations seniors face. Older adults who have been in the same home for decades face a bigger challenge; moving is often much more than packing a home, it is packing a lifetime. The physical and emotional stress of a move should not be overlooked. Our Moving Program offers transitional services and support before, during, and after the move to facilitate a physically and emotionally safe relocation experience for each client.
Our Moving Coordinator is a trained case manager who acts as a liaison between seniors and vetted moving companies to provide a physically and emotionally safe and affordable moving experience for low-income seniors moving within the City. There is no other program providing moving assistance to low-income seniors in the City of Chicago, and we often get referrals from the City and other social service agencies requesting this service.
Meals on Wheels is growing and in need of your support to help stop senior hunger among many of your homebound senior neighbors. The need for hot nutritious meals has grown from 525 meals served daily to over 700 meals in just one year. All meals are on a donation basis, no one is turned away for inability to pay. After all donations, the program is still short $2.50 to cover the cost of a meal. Our goal is to help your homebound senior neighbors stay healthy, save and live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. Sadly, an increasing number of low-income seniors are having to choose between food, rent or medications. Your donation will help our communities seniors not have to make those choices.
Due to requests from families, city officials and physicians, In 2016 the Country Meals program was born, serving meals to homebound seniors with in an hour outside of Rapid City limits, thus adding an additional 22 communities. Because of this huge increase in requests for nutritious meals, your donations have never been more important.
PLEASE HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A SENIORS LIFE TODAY WITH YOUR DONATION AND HELP STOP SENIOR HUNGER
Maple Knoll Communities, for over 170 years, has shown a timeless tradition of caring for those in need. Our annual giving program, the Future Care Fund, allows all of our residents to live a life of peace and security. The peace of knowing that home will always be there if one is short of funds, and the security of recognizing Maple Knoll Communities' charitable mission.
Commitment to our residents is a long-standing tradition at Maple Knoll Village. The Future Care Fund, our benevolent care program, allows our residents who have run out of financial resources, to live a life of quality, security and dignity. Last year alone, over $4,600,000 was needed to help Maple Knoll Village residents requiring financial assistance. The Future Care Fund provides the comfort of knowing that home will always be there if one is short of funds.
Marge Fanella, a resident at Maple Knoll Village for 22 years, shared "Maple Knoll Village has made a tremendous impact on my life through the friendships and support of the other residents and the staff. This is a place where people can feel safe, welcome, and supported. The staff is outstanding in terms of care and response. Maple Knoll Village is an outstanding place to spend the rest of my life."
Our history of caring allows us to give individuals, like Marge, the peace of mind they deserve, even when they are no longer able to financially provide for themselves. The Annual Fund provides us with a wonderful way to show our dedication and support to our friends in need. With a theme of "Hope Grows Here: Planting the Seeds for Tomorrow" we plan to not only assist our residents that need help today, but prepare to help those with future needs.
Commitment to older adults in our community is a long-standing tradition with Maple Knoll Outreach Services for Seniors. This tradition of caring allows us to make a difference in the lives of those we touch.