Support What You Love | Support Oasis!
You know that feeling?
The one you get when you've done something good and meaningful for something you believe in?
As we come to the close of this year, and in the spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving, it is worth taking a look back on what we have done together. It is also a time to anticipate how we can approach this new year, with new opportunities, new growth, new friends, and new skills we may have once thought impossible.
The Technology Fair we experienced last month was the best and most highly attended in our history. By equipping our members with the tools and technology to enhance their lives, and taking the mystery (or fear!) out of using these unfamiliar resources, we believe we are helping our members live a more full and engaged life.
We are also very proud of how our members have supported our Intergenerational Tutoring Program, whether by tutoring the at-risk students in our community, or financially, which allows us to grow and expand our program. We wish you could all experience the joy of putting books in the hands of these children, who are incredulous at the thought that they actually get to keep them.
We love seeing the familiar faces of our members as they check in for classes, and the conversation that ensues as they are leaving. Thought-provoking topics. Creative expression. New languages. Informative resources. Sound advice. New ways to see the world. Each experience brings an opportunity to grow, engage, and enrich.
All the Feels:
Bringing hope to those who feel isolated
Establishing new and healthy habits
Staying healthy and active
Offering social interaction
Learning new skills
Seeing new sights
At Oasis, we get "the feels" every single day. And by your expressions of thankfulness and appreciation for what we offer, we think you do, too. We hope you will help us grow in the coming year so that more people can experience the Oasis family, and more students can be given the gift of self-confidence, strengthened reading skills, and a greatly increased ability to grow in their education and life.
Donate today! Together, we can make a difference, in the lives of our members, and in the lives of our tutored students. Thank You!
This year, Lori's Hands celebrates 10 years of engaging undergraduate students in meaningful service learning to support individuals living with chronic illness. When you donate $11, you will help carry on the legacy of:
10 years of lasting relationships formed across generations.
10 years of learning that has transformed future health care leaders' perspectives on aging, community health, and the importance of connection.
10 years of assistance with day to day tasks that have made it possible for community members to live independently.
10 years of carrying on the legacy of one woman who was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.
Join us in celebrating 10 years of Lori's Hands' work in the community and prepare us to head into the next decade stronger than ever.
Your gift of $11 will help us expand and strengthen our work in year 11, and the many years to follow.
Michigan Parkinson Foundation's mission is to educate and provide direct patient support to people affected by Parkinson's disease (and related movement disorders), their loved ones and care partners as well as physicians and other allied health professionals who diagnose and treat individuals with the disease. In 2018, Michigan Parkinson Foundation developed a program to provide financial assistance for respite care in-home and out-of-the home (adult day care centers or residential). Respite care provides relief for the caregiver and allows them the opportunity to manage their own health or medical needs, run necessary errands, take an overnight trip, or simply have the ability to attend a social event or have some quiet time. In later stage Parkinson's, the patient's spouse is often elderly and has their own health concerns. The recipients are grateful knowing their loved one is being taken care of by a trained, professional staff as they attend to their own needs. Studies have shown that caregivers are better able to support their loved one when THEY make time for themselves. The program is helping both those living with Parkinson's AND their caregivers.
Help Seniors Maintain Their Homes and Independence
by Umbrella of the Capital District, Inc.
We want seniors and people with disabilities to be able to live safely and independently in the homes and communities they love. We provide free home safety inspections, 24/7 emergency help, and a wide variety of handyperson services that help maintain homes inside and out like plumbing, electrical work, painting, and carpentry work, along with more routine jobs, like house cleaning and lawn care. We also do shopping, meal prep, and companionship for those who need them. Most of the jobs are done by retirees, who either volunteer their time or earn just $15/hr for what they do. This model has worked for us for over 23 years, and helped thousands of older homeowners age in place.
Of the approximately 500 households we serve, over 150 are low-income. They find themselves juggling grocery and medical bills with other essential expenses, like taxes and utilities. In many cases there just isn't anything left over for things like home maintenance. This has an impact not only on their self-esteem and quality of life, but can sometimes be dangerous and almost always leads to much more costly problems as time goes on.
For the past few years we've been working hard to raise funds to help offset the cost of services and help these seniors take care of their homes...and their self esteem. There is always more to do! Your donation will help us continue to do this important work.