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.
Northland Shepherd’s Center is seeking Northland Boy Scout Troops and groups of students to help older adults who need “fall” yard work done. In addition, we need a group of adults to assist in supervising these efforts. If you would like to spend a Saturday getting some exercise while helping others, please contact Brenda Dunn, Volunteer Coordinator, at 816 452-4536 ext. 406.
Northland Shepherd’s Center, with its 25 years of improving the lives of adults (60+), and Oakhill Day
School, the premier private education center in the Northland which focuses on the “family” feeling
among its staff and enrollees, are moving into programmatic collaborations.
National statistics indicate that Interfacing among various generations develops social networks,
communication skills, problem-solving abilities, and a sense of purpose among all ages.
Intergenerational programs bring together diverse groups and networks and help dispel inaccurate
and negative stereotypes. From technology to preserving history, the collaborative programs set up
through the collaborative efforts of Northland Shepherd’s Center and Oakhill Day School will connect
generations and impact the community for years.
The City of Olathe, Kansas started many years ago a public/private partnership with local taxis to provide rides to persons age 65 or older at a discount. The City of Shawnee, Kansas has duplicated that model and is on target to exceed 5,500 one-way rides in 2015. The City of Lenexa, Kansas will launch its model in January, 2016. The Kansas City Area Transit Authority will launch a pilot in late 2015 or early 2016 to provide the ‘taxi’ approach to several counties. All provide 24/7 access to residents 65 and older or living with a disability. Congratulations you are improving how we live and age!
The Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging hosted its 12th Annual Show Me Summit on Aging and Health this August, calling it “Set Sail for the Future”. Among the many presenters, NSC Program Manager and Grant Writer, Paula Schumacher, presented “Finding the Money.”
The Northland Shepherd’s Center, the food pantry at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, and the University of Missouri Extension’s Matter of Balance exercise program are recipients of the 2015 Community Benefit Grant from The Gardens at Barry Road.
The Northland Shepherd’s Center (NSC) is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, and each year, the number of clients served grows. In 2014, the center provided over 38,000 units of service to nearly 3,000 clients, and over 50,000 hours of service were given by more than 250 volunteers. The grant funds will be used by NSC to fund two programs: Benefits Check Up and lawn-mowing for low income older adults. NSC executive director Rebecca Gordon said, “No other organization offers [the lawn-mowing] service, and there is great need.”
About the Community Benefit Grant:
The Community Benefit Grant is made available to area organizations in an effort to enhance the quality of life for senior citizens in the community. The Gardens at Barry Road firmly believes in enriching lives through service by sharing God’s love through care, advocacy, and virtuous business practices. Grant recipients must meet the following criteria: the project or program must benefit area senior citizens, it must be a project or program that would not be possible if not for the money received by The Gardens at Barry Road, and it must be a project or program in which staff, residents, and family members from The Gardens at Barry Road can be involved on more than a monetary level.