Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Linda Hart, director of Hancock County Senior Services, spoke to Kiwanis. She told of the many services offered. They include Transportation which is approximately 50% of the program. They provide non-emergency transportation for various destinations. Rides are scheduled first come-first served. Wheelchair transportation is also available. One does not have to be a senior to use the program. Other programs are; Volunteer visitors to reduce isolation and provide general assistance; Homemaker services that provide light housekeeping assistance; Telephone Reassurance and Safety checks; Outreach where staff provides in-home assessment and assists with bill payment along with other advice; Handyman provides basic yard care, snow removal, minor repairs; Respite/Assisted Care to relieve an unpaid caregiver by providing supervision assistance; Information and Referral to answer questions for community resources and Legal Assistance. Payment for services is based on ability to pay and difficulty of duties.
The Transportation program has 16 trained drivers. A strict drug and alcohol restriction requirement is enforced and drivers are randomly tested. The program is lucky to have a highly skilled driver trainer on staff.
Hancock Senior Services is presently planning to build new offices and garages so they don’t waste time removing ice and snow. They are hoping to get funding from a large donation from Eli Lilly. The fund provides 50% of the cost so grants and other fund raisers will be necessary. In 2003 three hundred ninety patrons were served with over 900 being served already this year.
For more information call 462-3758 or website: hcssi.org
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Susan Sullivan from the Indianapolis Airport Authority was introduced by December program chairman, Marty Foster, to Kiwanis.
Susan Sullivan from the Indianapolis Airport Authority spoke to Kiwanis. She was proud to tell us that the airport was number one in North America for airports serving fewer than 10 million passengers per year as reported by JD Powers and Associates. Airports were judged on cleanliness and speed of check-in by those polled. The airport is further recognized as one of the top airports for handling cargo shipments.
She told that the new airport was the result of over thirty years of study and planning. They are presently conducting studies on land use and new service development. Use of the old airport is presently undecided. Many suggestions have been made for use, such as a shopping mall or more cargo distribution centers.
Vicki Emmons, left, introduced Julie Dishman who led the Kiwanians in a spirited contest of “Do you know your Christmas Carols”. It was discovered that half of the group did not know the words to “Oh Christmas Tree” which allowed the “White Christmas” group to win the contest which kicked off the holiday season for Kiwanis.
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