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Seasons Greetings from our Adventure's in Learning Christmas festivities.
For more info about the Adventures in Learning program, visit:

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And we need your help in making it special for our home-bound clients.  

If you would like to help we are accepting donations of:
Purse size Kleenex
Gift Cards ($5.00 value to Wal-Mart, CVS, or a grocery store)
Socks & gloves
Or a $10.00 donation to help fill a sack!

Donations need to be at the Northland Shepherd’s Center by Dec.1

Or if you would like to help deliver a JOY Bag please call Terry at 816-452-4536 or email terry@northlandsc.org
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NSC & Amazon have partnered with the Amazon Smile Foundation.
With each qualified purchase you make on Amazon, a proceed will benefit the Northland Shepherd's Center.
Go ahead, go on a shopping spree to help NSC!

Follow this Link to sign up!
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Northland Shepherd’s Center extends special thanks to everyone who donated to the recent Crowd Fundraising Campaign sponsored by Give65.

Because of you, we can counsel additional older adults regarding how to receive benefits to which they are entitled. One in three low-income older adults do not have enough money for groceries, medications, transportation, and housing. Your generosity will allow more Northland Older Adults to live quality lives. NSC became active in the Benefits Advocate Program in November 2010; our social worker and other specialists have helped 60+ adults receive more than $3.9 million in benefits since that time. Thank you for your generosity. Even though the campaign has ended, feel free to bring or send additional donations to NSC. You can make a  notation that your contribution is specifically for “Benefits Advocate.”
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There are many scams going around this area. Here are some of the ones we have noticed lately.

IRS SCAM: People call or email claiming to be from the IRS, saying you owe money. They say they will send they police to arrest you if you don’t pay them right now.  According to the IRS “The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers to request personal or financial information. Always keep in mind that the IRS does not threaten taxpayers with lawsuits, imprisonment or other enforcement action.”

MEDICARE SCAM: Someone knocks on your door or calls, telling you that there are changes in Medicare and you need to change your insurance. They ask for your personal information, such as Social Security number, Medicare number, or bank account information. They may tell you that you need to apply for Medicaid, and they give you an application. Again, if there are any changes you will get a letter in the mail. They will never send someone to your door.

SOCIAL SECURITY SCAM: Someone calls claiming that Social Security owes you money, either because of a grant they have or because they didn’t pay you enough. They ask for your personal information, such as Social Security number and bank account information. Again, if there are any changes you will get a letter in the mail.

SHERIFF SCAM: Someone calls claiming to be a Clay County Deputy, telling you that there is either a warrant for your arrest, or that a relative is in jail. They ask you to give them a prepaid card. According to The Sherriff’s office they have a procedure they have to follow in these situations, and they will never ask for a prepaid card or gift card.

This is what to do:

1) Ask them to send everything in writing. The government is required to send everything in writing.

2) Tell them you will take what they send you to your family or your social worker to review. If someone is trying to scam you, they will back off if they know you have help.

3) When in doubt you can call Northland Shepherd’s Center or the non-emergency police number.

4) Northland Shepherd’s Center social worker: Miranda Wilson 452-4536


1) Just because someone knows a lot about you doesn’t mean it is real. People can find lots of information about you on the internet, even if you have never used the internet.

2) If there are any changes to Medicare or Social Security, they government is required to send you a letter to let you know. They will never knock on your door.

3) The government will never demand that you give them a payment over the phone.

4)  Don’t believe someone calling saying they are going to arrest you if you don’t give them money. If there really was a warrant for your arrest, they would never call you before they try to arrest you.
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The Boards of the Northland Shepherd’s Center (NSC) and the Northland Meals on Wheels (NMOW) are pleased to announce that they have merged. The combining of the two organizations enhances and strengthens the services and commitment to the Northland seniors.

The Northland Meals on Wheels has operated since 1973 and has been an immeasurable aid to the clients they serve.  We welcome Ellen Hoyt, MOW Coordinator, Michelle Bond, MOW Assistant Coordinator and the 150 + faithful Northland Meals of Wheels volunteers to the NSC family.  

We look forward to Working and Growing Stronger Together.
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NSC Bar-B-Q & Barn Dance was held on June 9 at Oak Park High School.  
The weather was beautiful, the food was great and fun was had by all.  
There was 258 NSC and Northland Meals on Wheels Volunteers and their families in attendance.


NSC would like to give a “Special Thanks” to:
Sheriff Mark Owen & the Platte County Sheriff’s Department
Kansas City Police Department
Mounted Patrol & Swat Team & Van
NSC Line Dancers
Melissa & Company Band

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NSC took 11 seniors to this years “Senior Day at the K” on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

There was a good time had by all, in fact one of the seniors thanked us for doing this and another said that this was probably the last Royals game she would be able to see live and has been a fan for many many years.  

On top of that the Royals had a Grand Slam late in the game to win. Go Royals! Go NSC
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Are you a caregiver or former caregiver?  Would you like to tell your story to help others and yourself?  

Arts and AGEing KC is offering two half/day workshops on how to integrate the arts to enrich the care-giving experience with fun ideas for your caregiver too.  

The workshop will be held at Northland Shepherd's Center

8/16/17 and 8/18/17 from 10:30 - 3:00 in the Fellowship Hall.  

Call 816-456-3286 to register or contact dianna@northlandsc.org.

"Arts & AGEing KC is a nonprofit community arts organization serving as a catalyst, convener and connector for enriching lives through creative aging.  We envision older adults flourishing across their life span and actively participating in a vibrant community through meaningful engagement with the arts".  " Northland Artful AGEing Partnership Project made possible by: Clay County Senior Services".  http://www.artsandageingkc.org/  for more information.
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“How do we stay connected during the dementia journey?”  This is a question with dozens of creative answers. Recently, we spent time at Northland Shepherd Center, hosted by Dianna Englander. We  were sharing ideas for staying connected with the Together We Care Caregiver Support Group, a lovely gathering of family caregivers and friends.  

Read more of this blog post here.