Central continues to grow and expand to meet the needs in the community.
This statement is as true today as it was 44 years ago, although many of our services are provided metro-wide, and those served are 50+ rather than limited to 65 and older.
There are 3 programs that assist with aging in the community: Senior Companion Program, Meals on Wheels and Wheels that Care.
Shepherd’s Center Central provides two programs to assist in this area: Medicare Assistance Program.
The Medicare Assistance Program provides information, assistance and encouragement to individuals and families in matters related to Medicare and related retirement living. This program also provides educational outreach by speaking to groups about Medicare as it relates to individuals, the disabled, and caregivers. We offer one on one Medicare Counseling by trained staff and volunteers at both the Oak and the Campbell Campus.
In 2015, this program expanded with a grant for the Shoebox Project. The project provides assistance going through overwhelming paperwork and developing a filing system to make keeping it all organized and manageable.
90% of clients will feel empowered about managing their health insurance or Medicare and supplemental insurance.
The Care Connection at Shepherd’s Center Central promotes and supports the advancement of skills, good health, and resilience of caregivers for older adults.
We help caregivers cope with difficult matters that can complicate daily life—we also find solutions and relief for challenges of aging that involve respite, chronic illness, disability, and poverty.
Care Connection is a free, coordinated response to the special needs of caregivers for older adults through employee assistance, community partnerships, faith-community collaborations, and individualized caregiver education, planning, and support.
Care Connection is a resource for family caregivers and community service organizations for information, support and education. Support to family caregivers provided through educational programs, support groups, etc. offered by the Care Connection should alleviate some of the isolation and caregiver stress experienced by family caregivers. Faith communities with the support of the Care Connection will develop care teams that will assist caregivers in their congregation and the community.
Shepherd’s Center Central has several programs to keep older adults active and engaged.
Adventures in Learning participants meet 40 Fridays a year in four 10 week sessions. The curriculum changes every session and is determined and scheduled by participants who choose to serve on the leadership team.
The 50 FORWARD CLUB® strives to provide members with opportunities in the Kansas City Metropolitan area for lifelong learning, enrichment, and community service. Educational program; discounted day trips; discounts on local cultural events; and partnership with numerous local non-profits for volunteer opportunities, enable members to continue meaningful participation in and impact on their local community.
Adventures in Learning and The 50 FORWARD CLUB® provide opportunities for older adults to continue learning and growing. By continuing to learn and have social interaction older adults avoid isolation and maintain mental and physical health.
RSVP Johnson County promotes civic involvement, lifelong learning and community leadership in the 55+ population in Johnson County, KS.
RSVP of Johnson County connects individuals 55+ with meaningful volunteer opportunities in the community. Volunteers are placed with agencies meeting community needs like education and food insecurity.
As a civic engagement initiative RSVP of Johnson will increase community involvement among individuals 55+ and address community needs.
All program participants are surveyed and asked for feedback. There are also advisory councils which meet regularly and provide feedback and direction for the program.
We continue to look for ways to diversify our funding for the organization. Currently, we receive funding that supports our 8+ programs from State, Local & Federal Government sources; bequests; individual donations; congregations; foundation grants and fundraising.
We continue to define our success as helping older adults remain independent in their own homes with assistance, as well as helping others stay engaged and empowered to live active lives through continued learning and community involvement.
In a climate where there are few services for the independent living challenges of low income older adults along with a trend of sporadic volunteerism, we are preparing for a very different future. In years past, volunteers offered 10 to 30 hours of their week running and coordinating their programs. That has changed. Volunteerism is episodic. To stay in line with our mission we have paid coordination for volunteers in programs without volunteer leadership rather than ceasing a needed service in the community. Need for service continues to increase. To address this, we are channeling greater staff support to necessary, but challenged programs, rather than ceasing to provide a needed service in the community.
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