From the President & CEO

Spring 2017                  Karen Ripper, RN, MBA
                                       President & CEO

Dear Friend,

When our volunteer knocked on the door to deliver Meals on Wheels, he didn’t know Mrs. Beal was dying of cancer. 

When he entered the clean but sparsely furnished apartment, he didn’t know Mrs. Beal had been on the waiting list for this low-income, senior housing complex for three years.  Moving in after her prognosis, Mrs. Beal just brought what she thought she’d need in the final months of life. Her living room held only an overstuffed chair, a television and a TV Tray.
                                                                            

When our volunteer asked what day the rest of her furniture was being delivered, Mrs. Beal was very considerate in her reply. 

“I can only sit one place at a time,” she told him with a smile.  “All I have is all I need.  But, thank you so much for thinking of me by bringing a meal.”

As he was leaving her apartment, he wondered...What does it mean when the only chair you need is the chair you sit in?  

It means you’re alone.

The work the Council on Aging does at the Kane Center is only the tip of the iceberg compared to all services provided.  We touch the lives of over 1,000 homebound seniors each weekday by going into their homes with food, concern and care.  Not only does the Council on Aging deliver Meals on Wheels, the Council provides personal help with bathing, homemaking, respite care, a monthly stipend for medication, care management and emergency assistance with bills.

Yet, we do more than provide services.  We provide a lifeline for seniors isolated by poverty, frailty and illness.  I cannot state strongly enough that the Council on Aging is the most consistent presence in the lives of these seniors.  And, in the comfort of home, the Council extends and saves seniors’ lives.

Mrs. Beal happily lived two years beyond her prognosis.  Her nutrition vastly improved as did her strength.  She developed friendships with our volunteers, our staff and her new neighbors.  She was adopted for all holidays and included in many prayers. Mrs. Beal even requested more furniture for her apartment, so her visitors would have a place to sit and stay awhile.

On behalf of Mrs. Beal and a thousand like her who are served every day, I thank you for your support for our work.  On their behalf, the Council on Aging asks for your continued support through a donation.  Perhaps your springtime gift could be a part of your religious or heartfelt commitment to those who are in need. 

Thank you for your consideration of a tax-deductible gift to our 501 (c) (3) charity.  I hope you are well!

Sincerely,

Karen Ripper, RN, MBA
President & CEO

Yes, I'd like to make a tax-deductible contribution to support the programs and services of the Council on Aging of Martin County!

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES ONLINE AT www.800helpfla.com OR BY CALLING TOLL FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE.  REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.  THE COUNCIL ON AGING OF MARTIN COUNTY’S SOLICITATION REGISTRATION NUMBER IS CH2307.

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