NSC is experiencing a real need for Additional volunteers in the areas of Transportation and Handyman in order to fill the growing request of the older adults we serve.
Thursday, March 23rd from 10 - 11:30 at NSC off 4805 NE Antioch Road, Suite 9, KCMO.
This event is being held to aid us in meeting that need, by asking all of you to take a moment and think of Family, Friends as well as members of your church or Social organization who might be interested in learning about NSC and how they can—“Discover why some of the richest people in the world are not Millionaires, they are Volunteers.”
Did you know that if you are 65 or older or if you have 100% disability you can apply for a MO Property Tax Credit? Even if you rent, as long as you don’t live in subsidized housing. You can apply for a credit for previous years up to 2013 until 4/15/17.
Mid-Continent Public Library has free tax assistance from AARP Tax Aides for seniors and persons with disabilities. Call your local library branch for more information.
105 volunteers made up 15 raking and 2 bag p/u team who performed 493 hours of volunteering.
Below is a list of the 8 organization made up the teams.
Eagle Heights Baptist Church School
Kansas City Police Department
Boy Scout Pac 28
UMKC – Alpha Phi Omega
Liberty High School Career Class
Clay & Platte County Volunteer Team
Parkvill Family Nazerene/Platte County CERT Team
Bank Liberty/William Jewell Rotaract Team
These volunteers raked, bagged and clean up 32 Northland Senior’s yards in two days and in many cases went above and beyond the scope of the program to assist those seniors.
NSC has received several calls and also cards from some of the seniors who received these services and they have all expressed how much that appreciate everything done for them and how gracious everyone was.
Northland Shepherd's Center needs your participation in supporting "Dine 2 Donate" at Granite City, Zona Rosa. Please clip and bring with you the flyer in this Sept/Oct addition of our newsletter so that NSC will recieve a 20% donation for your entire bill on that day only.
(Note: if you happen to go to one of the other Granite City locations that day and have your flyer they will also honor it.)
So mark your calendars for 10/13/16 and clip your flyer and eat, drink and support NSC and those we serve.
NSC is proud to announce our Successful Aging in Place partnership! Please see and excerpt from North Kansas City's Jan/Feb newsletter below.
"According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one in five elderly patients nationally are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. Now, a new Northland collaborative program, Aging in Place, will help ensure proper supports are in place for elderly people who return to the community, thus reducing the rate of rehospitalization.
Community partners include:
- North Kansas City Hospital
- LifeWise Renovations
- Cerner Corporation
- Northland Shepherd's Center
- Clay County Senior Services
- Platte County Senior Services
- K2 Consulting Solutions
- Aging in Place Approach
The comprehensive program is a holistic approach with a multidisciplinary focus on clinical care, health behaviors, and social and physical environments. On January 1, North Kansas City Hospital began screening all discharging Clay and Platte County inpatients 65 and older for program eligibility. Primary care physicians will be notified when their patients qualify.
Aging in Place has three components: care coordination, service-enriched housing and community engagement."
A new service in Clay County to assist homeowners in hiring help for home maintenance or other skilled labor is underway. Northland Hired Hands is taking applications for individuals or small companies that want to work for homeowners that need hired help with home maintenance, yardwork/landscaping, carpentry, plumbing, and other jobs.
The program is being developed through a partnership between the Clay County Sheriff’s department, Northland Shepherd’s Center, and Clay County Senior Services.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Dept approached the partners about the program idea out of concern for the the number of citizens that fall victim to home maintenance scams and citizen’s general lack of trust of randomly hiring an individual or company they may not have experience with. This program will help homeowners find reliable and trustworthy people to hire.
Anyone interested in becoming a Northland Hired Hand must complete the initial application, pay a $50.00 fee to cover registration, and must complete a background check. Once accepted the helpers will be pictured on the website www.NorthlandHiredHands.com with a list of duties and skills they can perform. The homeowner may access the list at no charge. All costs for the repairs are arranged between the hired hands and the homeowner.
NSC's first “Spring Fling” was held April 9 through April 23 with 3 teams who cleaned out flower beds, raked up leaves, trimmed bushes and cleaned gutters for 7 seniors who were unable to perform these task themselves. The groups who volunteered for this project were:
- Liberty United Methodist Church Boy Scout troop and their “Faithworks” group
- NKC Schools CAPS group
- Call Kansas City – Brent Lagers and 5 of this wonderful volunteers
Several of the seniors involved made this comment regarding the program:
“ I used to do all of this myself and now I can’t do any of it, thank you to those wonderful volunteers who gave up some of the precious time to come and take care of my yard for me, God Bless them and Northland Shepherd’s Center for all that you do.”
NSC would like to give a GREAT BIG THANKS to all those wonderful volunteers who work so hard to bring a little bit of joy and smiles to the faces of those lovely seniors. Hope to see you all in the fall at “Rake The Town”.
The year 2016 opened with more transportation services for NSC clients. As a result of generous donors, fundraising activities, and Charitable Foundations that honored Northland Shepherd’s Centers grant requests, NSC purchased a 15-passenger bus. NSC’s nearly 300 volunteers, who have provided older adults with rides to doctors’ appointments, grocery stores and area activities, will continue one-on-one, arm-in-arm services. Now, however, as many as 15 older adults simultaneously can enjoy rides to various events in the brand new bus. NSC extends special thanks to all the donors who made this possible for its clients.
NSC needs your help in making it special for our homebound clients. If you would like to help sponsor a JOY Bag a donation of $10.00 will help fill a bag!
We are also accepting donations of:
-Word search books
-Purse size Kleenex
-Gift Cards ($5.00 value to Wal-Mart, CVS, or a grocery store)
-Chicken noodle soup (canned)
-Tomato soup (canned)
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 Rayetta or Terry at 816-452-4536. Delivery will start on Dec. 9th.