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Companionship Times Visit from Wendy Spencer CNCS CEO In early November Wendy Spencer Chief Executive Officer for the Corporation for National Community Services CNCS appointed by President Obama traveled to North Dakota and South Dakota to hear first hand how Senior Companion volunteers are changing the lives of lonely homebound seniors And boy was she impressed On November 5th Wendy stopped by the LSSND Fargo office and a few volunteers and their clients spent time telling her what a typical day Group pose with Wendy in the life of a Senior Companion is like She was excited about the diversity of the program with Senior Companions serving ND s Native American and elder refugee populations and was touched by the group s impact stories Interesting fact during her tenure as CEO Wendy traveled to CNCS programs in all 50 states The Dakotas were her very last stops state 49 and 50 Needless to say she saved the best for last Thank you Wendy for taking time out of your busy schedule to hear how Senior Companions are changing the lives on ND seniors At the conclusion of the visit the volunteers recited the following Senior Corps pledge created for Senior Companion Foster Grandparent and RSVP volunteers I will get things done for America to make our people safer smarter and healthier When faced with a pressing challenge I will bring Americans of all generations together to strengthen our communities When faced with children at risk I will help them stay in school and on track for a brighter future When faced with older adults in need I will provide support and compassion so they may age with grace and dignity Working for the greatest good I ll use my lifetime of experiences to improve my country my community myself through service I am a Senior Corps volunteer and I will get things done Visit from Brian Cognato CNCS Program Officer for Training On April 12th Brian Cognato with the Corporation for National Community Service CNCS out of Washington D C came to the LSSND Fargo office to visit with local Senior Companions about their experiences with the program He was very excited for the gathering as it was his first opportunity to engage with CNCS volunteers on a one on one basis since taking his position with the Corporation last summer The group spent an hour sharing and conversing Brian took notes so he could tell his national level associates about the good work our Senior Companions are doing in good old North Dakota It was an honor to have him at the table with us and we sincerely hope he schedules a return trip to the northern plains Companionship Times Winter 2017 Top L to R Nancy Wolhart SC Andrea Lang Program Coordinator Bhim Thapa SC Bhagi Magar SC Chandra Manger SC Bottom L to R Brian Cognato CNCS Khadgaman Bhattarai SC Devi Siwakoti SC
Companionship Times Visit from Wendy Spencer, CNCS CEO In early November, Wendy Spencer, Chief Executive Officer for the C...
Volunteer Spotlight East Bonnie Viken West Fargo Bonnie Viken grew up on a farm in Clifford ND and now calls West Fargo ND home and has for the past several years She has 3 children Tammy MN Tracy CA and Travis Canada 8 grandchildren and 3 stepgrandchildren She has been a Senior Companion at the West Fargo High Rise and Serenity apartments for nearly 5 years and currently serves 3 clients Bonnie became interested in the volunteer role after seeing a flyer about the program and knew it would be a good fit because she totally enjoys older people Plus she got a little encouragement from her daughter who says Bonnie is happiest when she is helping other people When asked what has kept her active in the program Bonnie said knowing that I m doing something constructive something to help others One of her fondest memories as a Senior Companion is the bond she developed with a former client who became like a grandma or mother to Bonnie When the client passed away Bonnie was there to hold her hand and the connection they shared will forever live in her heart Blake Strehlow Volunteer Station Supervisor said it s very cool to see the bond that Bonnie forms with clients and that she does a lot more than just visiting Bonnie gets to know clients She understands what is going on in their lives and gives a listening ear Most of all Bonnie is caring and shows a great deal of compassion When not volunteering Bonnie enjoys crocheting watercolor painting and Sudoko puzzles And she loves to dance Let s all kick up our heels for Bonnie Thank you for your service West Minnie Rostad Bismarck Minnie Rostad retired as a Senior Companion at the age of 87 after serving 25 years Time well spent says she Her loyalty and dedication to the program has made a real difference to the countless number of people touched by her giving spirit When asked why she started in the program Minnie said I was looking for something to keep me occupied and I needed some extra funds I enjoy people and it felt great to get up in the morning to go visiting She says she has learned a lot from the program I was visiting with the elderly and here I was getting older too Learning their tricks for aging well was a good thing for me Maybe that is why I can keep going at my age Sonja asked Minnie Can I tell them your age Minnie replied Oh yes that she had nothing to hide and still likes to get gussied up when she goes out Before hanging up Sonja encouraged Minnie to call if she had anything else to add for this interview Seven minutes later the phone rang Minnie had thought about what her time in the Senior Companions program really meant to her and said I will never forget the feeling of satisfaction I received when spending time with a lonely senior We thank Minnie for her 25 years of service a silver anniversary and selflessly sharing her time and talent with Bismarck seniors She is one of a kind and will never be forgotten My experience has been a lifesaving changing part of my life My supervisor has been remarkable She is always there to help and answer my questions I have recommended several people to try this program I have learned so much about how I look at things now My clients have taught me that I am very grateful God led me to your doors I love my life now not so much before I love all those people Companionship Times Winter 2017 Page 1
Volunteer Spotlight  East  Bonnie Viken, West Fargo  Bonnie Viken grew up on a farm in Clifford, ND and now calls West Far...
Bits From Becky By Statewide Program Director Becky Telin Spring and golf are in the air I do enjoy playing as much as I can I was able to travel to Arizona in November to hit that little ball around I will plan for February next year to break up the winter My days have been very busy this spring with funding application deadlines for United Ways community funds state contract and Corporation for National Community Service federal grant Already this fiscal year we have doubled the amount of individual donations from last year Thank you to those folks that show their appreciation for the Senior and Volunteer Companions program through a donation The services are free to all older adult clients Every donation helps and is used to assist with direct volunteer support costs e g transportation recognition events applications costs Martin Luther King Jr Day was on January 16th and in honor Companions and Station Supervisors donated nonperishable food items at their local holiday parties throughout the state Thank you for giving even more Sonja and Andrea delivered the items to local food pantries for distribution Senior Companion Stats In the first 3 quarters of the fiscal year July 1 2016 to March 31 2017 Senior Companions volunteered 55 571 hours serving 558 clients state wide Well done Staff Training April 10th 11th The ND State Commission for National and Community Service hosted a 2 day training at the DoubleTree Hotel in for Fargo North Dakota and South Dakota Senior Corps i e Senior Companions Foster Grandparents RSVP and AmeriCorps volunteers Becky Sonja Andrea and intern Amy were all in attendance Day 1 included presentations by Mark Lindquist motivational speaker Brian Cognato Corporation for National and Community Service Steve Schanandore grant writing extraordinaire and Trish Floyd Assistive Technology formerly I PAT Day 2 of the event included participating in a service activity at local non profit organizations Becky Sonja and our friends at the Foster Grandparent Program of the Red River Valley Karen Hillman and Pam Thorson volunteered their time sorting and organizing clothing items for Dress for Success which provides interview coaching professional attire and career building classes to women in need Andrea spent the day making fleece tie blankets for Project Linus a 2017 training attendees program that creates new handmade blankets for children who are seriously ill traumatized or otherwise in need Amy volunteered at the Great Plains Food Bank which strives to end hunger in North Dakota and western Minnesota through food donation and distribution It was a feel good day and a great way for our program staff to give back to the community Organizing clothes Pam Thorson Program Coordinator Foster Grandparents program and Becky Telin Statewide Program Director Companionship Times Winter 2017 Andrea s service group made 35 blankets for Project Linus Our finished quilt Andrea Lang Program Coordinator and AmeriCorps volunteer Page 2
Bits From Becky  By Statewide Program Director, Becky Telin Spring and golf are in the air  I do enjoy playing as much as ...
Station Spotlights East Housing Authority of Cass County West Fargo The Housing Authority of Cass County HACC is the oldest Housing Authority in North Dakota It built its first public housing units in 1961 in West Fargo The site manages public housing in Cass and Traill counties and administers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program there as well as in Richland county The HACC strives to provide decent safe and sanitary housing for the low income residents of Cass County and seeks to increase affordable rental housing opportunities through the provision on financial assistance programs supportive services and effective management in an environment without discrimination It has served as a volunteer station for Senior Companions since April 2012 Happy 5 year anniversary and is supervised by Blake Strehlow HACC Executive Director His interest in hosting the program began when Andrea Lang Program Coordinator approached him about having a volunteer serve seniors living at Serenity and the West Fargo High Rise both HACC properties Blake states loneliness and isolation can be a very real thing for seniors especially those who do not have family around to visit on a regular basis We hear statements made by seniors such as I don t want to be a bother to my kids or my kids are too busy running their children around to visit me That s when the Senior Companions program steps up to the plate Having a companion visit on a regular basis gives them something positive to look forward to and a listening ear that perhaps they don t always get Bonnie Viken Senior Companion has provided companionship to Serenity and West Fargo High Rise residents for almost 5 years The HACC is located at 230 8th Ave W West Fargo ND 58078 and open from 7 30 a m 4 30 p m Monday through Friday West Harvey Senior Center Harvey Harvey has had the Senior Companions program in the city since 2002 In 2011 the Harvey Senior Center collaborated with the Senior Companions to keep the program in the community I spoke with Helen Dusek treasurer and former The Harvey volunteers L R Shirley president of the Harvey Sommer SC Kathy Fischer VSS Senior Citizens Helen Esther Doubek SC with McHenry Co says the Senior Center and Judy Weigelt SC has been at 905 Lincoln St for many years and that they are open every day M F for senior meals and other activities We have had bone builders twice a week for the past 5 years and I have gone since the beginning It is free of charge and very good for you The center has Bingo every Friday and serves a lunch in between games The Senior Companions meet for lunch at the Senior Center every few months for their supervisory meetings Kathy Fischer Station Supervisor of the Senior Companions program says It is a wonderful program free of charge to our elderly community Shirley Sommer and Judy Weigelt are part of this program They visit with many elderly who do not get out or have family around I would highly recommend this program to anyone that would like some companionship Shirley has been with the program for three years and says it helps me get out of the house so I don t sit and think about my troubles It helps me to look forward to meeting and helping new people My clients love the program and look forward to me coming to visit Judy who has been with Senior Companions for four years says that the people she visits appreciate me coming by It is such a positive thing for me The program keeps me going and gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning They always thank me it is nice to be appreciated My wife is blind and has Parkinson s She is blessed with the Senior Companion volunteer s company The program has assisted me to work up until retirement and then I will be able to personally provide full care for my wife Without LSS SCP I would have had to sell my home or place my wife into nursing care In a society that seems to care about elders less and less LSS steps up and cares more and more Companionship Times Winter 2017 Page 3
Station Spotlights East  Housing Authority of Cass County, West Fargo  The Housing Authority of Cass County  HACC  is the ...
Holiday Recognition Events I was not sure how to title our holiday events This winter was both It s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year and The Weather Outside is Frightful In the midst of our seasonal celebrations in honor of our wonderful volunteers the snow began falling and falling and falling And then the wind decided to blow Finally after a couple of detours we finally made it to all of our holiday events We enjoy our celebrations with all of our great volunteers would not miss it for all the snow in North Dakota East L R Pizza Ranch Lisbon w Carolyn Harrison SC Sue Rienstra VSS Sonja Olson SC Deanna Dagen SC A work of art Freyja LaFrombois SC Khadgaman Bhattarai SC Devi Siwakoti SC Chandra Manger SC Bhim Thapa SC Sailesh Pokharel Nepali Interpreter Painting bookmarks at James Carlson Library Fargo L to R Nancy Wolhart SC Karla O Dell SC Bonnie Viken SC West L R Bernice Sunde SC Evie Glasser SC Mary Robinson VSS Linda Weldon SC Dick Balliet SC Minnie Rostad SC Dorothy Glanville SC Tammy Getz VSS Norma Fuhrman SC Shirley Klein VSS L R Christine Thompson SC Audry Lundy SC Bottineau Jolene Cadotte VSS helper Donna Lunday St Claire VSS Alma Charette SC Theresa Thomas SC Barb Davis SC and Peggy Bercier SC Holiday shenanigans ensued when this group of jolly elves took over the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Bismarck They ate heartily you can t help but eat heartily at the Cracker Barrel and we played games and handed out prizes to all We were grateful that the weather cooperated for our get together We always have a great time with lots of visiting and laughter Second try was a charm That dang weather really tried to spoil our holiday luncheon but we finally outwitted Old Man Winter and the Turtle Mountain and Bottineau companions were able to come together to celebrate We had a delicious buffet and lots of fun playing BINGO for prizes It was a fun afternoon with a great group of volunteers L R Janice Hewitt SC Barb Coker SC Rodney Vannett SC Casey Demchuk Tiffany Gunville VSS Birthday girl Carol and Allen Becker VCs Jacky Sande SC Sharon Malcomb SC Audrey Morgan SC and John Sallee VC Even handbook reviews can be fun We gathered at the Edgewood Vista in Minot to have our annual handbook review Afterwards the gang high jacked the meeting to have a birthday celebration for their volunteer supervisor Tiffany Companionship Times Winter 2017 L R Myron Freeman VC Shirley Koffler SC Verla Heim VSS Marie Wax SC Betty Frank SC Michael Nelson SC We can t have a party without Mike and his stories He had us in stitches The Dickinson companions enjoyed a holiday meal at the Perkins restaurant It was closer to Valentine s Day than Christmas as the weather had a hand in changing our plans We always have a great time together L R Verdean Hofer SC Pastor Sondra Krogstad VSS A warm and friendly visit with these two lovely ladies was on the travel agenda with a trip to Turtle Lake A good old fashioned hometown meal at Bev s Caf hit the spot Page 4
Holiday Recognition Events  I was not sure how to title our holiday events. This winter was both    It   s the Most Wonder...
Sonja s Shenanigans by Sonja Mickelson Western ND Coordinator Minot I cannot imagine that anyone is happier to see spring arrive than our traveling Senior Companions And ME I am glad to finally be past the seemingly never ending winter thank goodness for seasons that change What I do know is that you our volunteers provide the SUNSHINE every time you walk through the doors of the people you visit I spent the past few months traveling to see you wonderful volunteers and was happy for clear roads and any little bit of sunshine peeking through made my day I had a great time hanging out with you all at your holiday events and even at the dreaded handbook reviews There is always plenty of laughter and visiting We always have fun no matter what I want to give a special shout out to Minnie Rostad Minnie recently retired from the Senior Companions not because she wanted to but because her health dictated it Minnie s goal was to make it to her 25th anniversary with the program I am calling it I say 24 84 is close enough We are proud of your commitment Minnie We will miss having you around and wish you the best in your new home I will see you all at the upcoming recognitions where we will celebrate all of you for your dedication to the Senior Companions and who are reaching for that next big number Andrea s Anecdotes by Andrea Lang Eastern ND Coordinator Fargo Greetings In the last edition of the Companionship Times I shared some of my favorite things about the fall season Now that it has come and gone I am eager to share with you my favorite joys of spring So here I go First and foremost I am a springtime baby I was born on May 31st nearly 35 years ago and still love to commemorate the day with a little fun and self care This often includes taking the day off from work enjoying a professional massage or pedicure or both chocolate ice cream a free meal and a call from my mother at 1 10 p m gushing about the moment when I was born and my father erroneously shouted It s a boy Oops I love the smell of rain in the air and fresh cut grass driving with the windows down planting flowers around my home and watching butterflies take flight I look forward to going for walks without needing a jacket and relish the times when my dog acts like a well behaved walking companion very rare During the spring months I also do a lot celebrating birthdays Mother s Day Father s Day graduations oh my and summer fun planning and enjoy a picnic or two with my husband at the park near our home As some know I am a pretty sentimental person and love finding joy in these and other simple things One of my greatest joys year round is giving to others Isn t it humbling how one act of kindness can have such a positive ripple effect For example when you take time to visit lonely seniors you are giving them a smile laugh and social connection that they otherwise might not have had that day You feel joy they feel joy and their loved ones feel joy just knowing you were there I recently read a quote that said joy is the best makeup and I have to agree It looks good on everyone So engage in activities that you love with the people you love Continue to love thy neighbor and don t forget to stop and smell the roses And hey while you re at it bring someone along with you Thank you for sharing your light with the world You make it a brighter and more joyous place to be I know being a senior companion keeps me active and on the go so I get a lot of exercise so that also tells me I plan to be a senior companion for another 25 50 years I m thankful and grateful to be a senior companion and to always help others and to be kind Companionship Times Winter 2017 Page 5
Sonja   s Shenanigans  by Sonja Mickelson, Western ND Coordinator, Minot  I cannot imagine that anyone is happier to see s...
Student Intern Amy Bechtle On January 9th we welcomed our first intern Amy Bechtle She is a native of Wishek ND and working toward a double major in social work and gerontology at Minnesota State University Moorhead Her time and talent has been shared between the Senior and Volunteer Companions programs and three other senior based LSSND programs Aging Life Care Management Volunteer Connections and Services to Older Refugees Her time with us will come to an end on Thursday May 4th as she prepares to graduate and take the world by storm Amy has been such a wonderful addition to our Senior Independence team and will be a tremendous asset to any organization she serves Thank you Amy for your interest creativity eagerness and many contributions to LSSND We are so proud of you According To Amy Senior Independence Intern Fargo Where has the time gone It seems like just yesterday that I was stepping through the doors of LSSND for my first day of internship Today though I am preparing to step into the next chapter of my life To be honest with you I don t exactly know what that will be To some extent this makes me nervous but on the other hand I know that my experience at LSSND has prepared me for whatever life has in store for me next It has challenged me to step outside of my comfort zone learn new things and gain different experiences which hasn t always been easy for me Something though that has come a lot more natural to me is getting to know you the Senior and Volunteer Companions I have enjoyed getting the chance to meet many of you and learning about you I have also enjoyed getting the chance to meet many clients and hear them talk about the difference that you make in their lives whether it is visiting about childhood memories going for a walk or playing a game of cards And for me even though I don t know what my future will bring I hope that whatever I will be doing I will be like you making a difference in the lives of others Mary s Message Service Specialist Minot Happy spring and greetings to all of you The snow in the yard has finally melted but there is still some snow in the trees Good moisture huh It was a long winter in north central ND We are happy that the grass is green and birds are singing In the few months that I have been working with SCP and VCP I learned even more how valuable these programs are All the people involved are impressive As Erma Bombeck said Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the Earth who reflect this nation s compassion unselfish caring patience and just plain loving one another Blessings and love to all of you for an inspiring spring and summer Being a senior companion I am lucky to visit our community people Sharing their various thoughts they feel better in their life in America For this benefit I thank Lutheran Social Services of ND who provides this opportunity for elderly people of different communities and hope the program will be here in the future Intern Amy with some Elder Refugees after working on answering questions for their citizenship test Companionship Times Winter 2017 Page 6
Student Intern  Amy Bechtle  On January 9th, we welcomed our first intern, Amy Bechtle  She is a native of Wishek, ND and ...
Volunteer Companions Update Lutheran Social Services Volunteer Companions is BOOMING Our current roster of Volunteer Companions ranges from 20 to 95 years of age and serves anywhere from 1 hour to 40 hours each week At present drum roll please the program has 12 volunteer stations that have matched 20 Volunteer Companions with 56 lonely homebound seniors This means that within the past 6 months the program has DOUBLED its base of volunteers and volunteer stations and QUADRUPLED its client base WOW we are super excited about that The new program is parallel to the Senior Companions program as volunteers provide companionship social recreation and help with light at home tasks to seniors in need The difference is that the Volunteer Companions program engages a broader range of volunteers for these services i e volunteers are 18 years of age and available 2 hours per week and does not take a volunteer s income into account Currently the Volunteer Companions program is in partnership with Altru Health System Grand Forks Bethany Lutheran Church Minot James River Senior Center Jamestown Lord of Life Church Bismarck Milton Young Towers Minot New Horizons Manor Fargo South Central Adult Services Carrington Valley City St John s Lutheran Church Dickinson Trinity Lutheran Church Turtle Lake Valley Senior Services of Cass Co Fargo and Wahpeton Senior Center Wahpeton Word Find ADMIRED AMAZING APPRECIATED BLESSING CARING CELEBRATE COMMITTED COMPANIONS COMPASSION CREATIVE DEDICATED FRIENDLY FUN GIVING HEART HUGS INSPIRING INVOLVED KIND LAUGHTER LIKED NICE PRICELESS RESOURCEFUL REWARDING SELFLESS SENIORS SUPPORTIVE TALENTED THOUGHTFUL VOLUNTEERS WONDERFUL The Senior Companion program is of great help to me It helps to prevent loneliness helps in sharing news views and opinions on different matters It also helps in learning new things Companionship Times Winter 2017 Page 7
Volunteer Companions Update Lutheran Social Services Volunteer Companions is BOOMING  Our current roster of Volunteer Comp...
Lutheran Social Services Housing Did you know that Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota provides affordable housing for seniors throughout the state Paulette Paulson Director of Property Management for Lutheran Social Services Housing wanted to share with you some information about the following housing properties all of which have units available for rent Legacy at Central Place Williston Legacy at Central is a beautiful apartment complex located in Williston ND LSS Housing recognized the potential in this historical middle school structure and created 44 apartments for individuals that are 55 Amenities include wood floors conveniently located downtown stores churches restaurants on site laundry elevator and ADA accessible beautiful meeting area that was originally the middle school gym large apartments and rents at a very affordable level currently rent concessions are in place including first month rent free with 12 month lease Legacy Living Apartments Jamestown Legacy in Jamestown is a beautiful apartment complex located in Jamestown ND This structure had originally been a hospital but the historical building was restored and now has 20 HUD apartments and 31 apartments that are available at market rate levels and is available for corporations and commercial space for rent The HUD units serve individuals that are 62 age or older and the Market rate are available for all ages families and individuals are all welcome Amenities include on site laundry vinyl flooring elevator and ADA accessible garages available outside courtyard Commercial businesses that are currently in the building include James River Senior Center Guardian Angels Legacy Fitness and Yoga and Child Care Aware Grafton Living Center Grafton Grafton Living Center is a property that serves individuals that are 62 years of age or disabled They are one bedroom units in a quiet area of Grafton ND next to a park They have garages that are included in their rent amount There is on site laundry a wonderful community room and tenants only have to pay 30 of their income These apartments were remodeled in 2005 and some of the units have patios and area for gardens For more information about these and other LSS Housing properties call Paulette at 701 662 8017 Companionship Times Winter 2017 Page 8
Lutheran Social Services Housing Did you know that Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota provides affordable housing fo...
From late OCTOBER 2016 to APRIL 2017 we WELCOMED 6 NEW Senior Companions www lssnd org OFFICE LOCATIONS MINOT MAIN OFFICE 1905 2nd St SE Suite 1B Minot ND 58701 Phone 701 838 7800 FARGO OFFICE 3911 20th Ave S Fargo ND 58103 Phone 701 271 3247 800 450 1510 SENIOR COMPANIONS PROGRAM STAFF BECKY TELIN Program Director btelin lssnd org ANDREA LANG Program Coordinator East Fargo alang lssnd org SONJA MICKELSON Program Coordinator West Minot smickelson lssnd org GAIL PATTERSON Program Assistant Minot gpatterson lssnd org MARY CARLSON Service Specialist Minot mary ndchildcare org OUR MISSION Guided by God s love and grace Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota brings healing help and hope Companionship Times Winter 2017 Barbara Davis Belcourt Barbara St Germain Trenton Kathleen Kerlin Fargo Mary McCormack Fargo Michael Kiriacon Williston Peggy White Grand Forks Castro Minot Air Force Base 2 NEW Senior Companion Stations John Sallee Minot Deering Senior Citizens Deering Joyce Duenow Fargo Station Supervisor Apryl Davenport Wahpeton Senior Center Wahpeton Jubal Bear New Town University Drive Manor Fargo Station Supervisors Shelley Tollefson Amy Schmaltz Station Supervisor Sharon Larson 2 NEW Volunteer Station Supervisors Judy Miller Wahpeton Lisa Bunn Fargo Mitch Duenow Fargo 10 NEW Volunteer Companions Russell Odegard Minot Barry Folson Grand Forks Tammy Lanaghan Fargo Jeniffer Acevedo 3 NEW Volunteer Companion Stations Bethany Lutheran Church Minot Station Supervisor Judy Johnson New Horizons Manor Fargo Station Supervisor Katrina Wilke Sheena Nelson Valley Senior Services of Cass Co Fargo Susie Kapelovitz St John Lutheran Church Dickinson OPEN CALL FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS CLIENTS We are always looking for new clients and volunteers If you know someone from any of the following areas that would benefit from providing or receiving companionship please contact Sonja 701 838 7800 or Andrea 800 450 1510 today The benefits of volunteering as a Senior Companion include a tax free hourly stipend travel reimbursement paid holidays and time off ongoing training opportunities and supplemental insurance coverage Volunteer Companions receive travel reimbursement ongoing training opportunities and supplemental insurance coverage Most importantly our volunteers benefit by making a positive difference in the lives of their senior community Senior Volunteer Companions needed in Beulah Bismarck Bottineau Deering Dickinson Glenburn Harvey Hazen Lansford Lidgerwood Minot Mohall Rugby Spirit Lake Nation Trenton Turtle Lake Valley City Senior and Volunteer Companions offer lonely seniors companionship social recreation and assistance with light at home tasks to boost their spirits and help them remain living independently at home The programs also provide respite for caregivers who need a temporary break from their caregiving responsibilities Senior Volunteer Companions available to serve clients in Belcourt Bottineau Cooperstown Devils Lake Ellendale Fargo Grand Forks Harvey Jamestown Minot New Town Pembina County Sargent County Trenton Wahpeton Williston Page 9
From late OCTOBER 2016 to APRIL 2017, we WELCOMED    6 NEW Senior Companions   www.lssnd.org  OFFICE LOCATIONS MINOT   MAI...
Lutheran Social Services Senior Companions is important to me my family and my community Mail your donation to Lutheran Social Services Senior Companions 1905 2nd St SE Suite 1B Minot ND 58701 I d like to give my support in the following ways 100 to fuel 1 month of travel for a Senior Companion 25 to provide 10 hours of visits assistance from a Senior Companion 10 to support 3 hours of training for a Senior Companion 5 a Month Giving Plan is a convenient way to fit support of Senior Companions and Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota into your monthly budget Please enroll me in the Monthly Giving Plan with my gift of ____ per month I would like you to charge my credit card each month I have completed the attached credit card information I would like you to make a monthly withdrawal from my checking account Please send me information I authorize this monthly transaction and understand that it will remain in effect until I contact Lutheran Social Services Senior Companions to cancel or change the amount of my monthly contribution Signature Date Payment Information Check is enclosed Thrivent member Mastercard Visa Credit Card Number Exp Date Name Address City Zip State Phone Please send me emails about Senior Companions Signature Lutheran Social Services Senior Companions is funded by contributions and through state and federal grants Your tax deductible contribution will be used to enhance and expand the program services in North Dakota and your community A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS You continue to make a difference In the last six months of the fiscal year Senior and Volunteer Companions traveled nearly 92 000 miles by car and public modes of transportation to support lonely ND seniors WOW Without your help we would not have the capacity to reach out as far as we do especially in rural parts of the state Thank you for your support Financial Supporters Basin United Way Corporation for National Community Service First Lutheran Church Bottineau First United Methodist Church Jamestown Jamestown United Way Lake Region Community Fund Devils Lake Missouri Slope Areawide United Way North Dakota Dept of Human Services Aging Services Division Souris Valley United Way St Joseph s Community Health Fund United Way of Barnes County United Way of Cass Clay United Way of Dickinson Inc United Way of Grand Forks East Grand Forks surrounding area United Way of Richland Wilkin Donations American Lutheran Church Stanley Bryan Jean Ann Quigley Kenmare Carol Schmitt Devils Lake First United Methodist Church Jamestown Gail Reierson Fargo James Louise Lynn Minot Knife River Lutheran Church Stanley Mary L Dennis Stanley Maxine P Kroyder Ellendale Rebecca Telin Minot Roger Adeline Evans Ross Russell Kress Minot Trinity Lutheran WELCA Turtle Lake Zion Lutheran WELCA McGregor In Kind Support Community Action Partnership Williston Edgewood Vista Bismarck Mandan Elder Care Dickinson Enable Inc Bismarck James River Senior Center Jamestown Kidder Emmons Senior Services Steele South Central Adult Services Valley City Trinity Homes Minot United Honeybees LLC Westhope Valley Senior Services of Cass County Fargo Companionship Times Winter 2017 Page 10
Lutheran Social Services Senior Companions is important to me, my family and my community. Mail your donation to  Lutheran...
www lssnd org Nonprofit Org U S Postage Paid Permit No 1071 Fargo ND Lutheran Social Services of ND 3911 20th Ave S Fargo ND 58103 Companionship Conversations Senior Companion program acted quickly to find me a companion when my vision was in trouble and I was unable to see She in turn helped me to enroll in Meals on Wheels When my eyes became better she shopped for me so we could prepare meals at home until I was able to so myself most days Having a cheerful person to visit and do activities with has brought new freedom and joy meaning back into my life I m so grateful for the program I am very happy with the Senior Companions program and Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota because I got really great change to share my past memories with him and I really appreciate him also I have enjoyed being a senior companion for the last 1 1 2 years because it gives me a reason to get up in the morning and it keeps me moving I will do it as long as I can I just love my seniors They are so sweet and love having me come I am having a wonderful time I feel I am making a difference in the lives of other seniors and my life It is also great to get out and have a purpose and fulfillment in my life My Senior Companion is a wonderful caregiver Always smiling and a very good listener I don t think I would find a better person to me She has become a good friend I am here in the house when Verdean comes to visit She always comes in the living room to say hello But most of her time is spent in the kitchen visiting with my wife When I was recently hospitalized Verdean brought my wife to visit me which I greatly appreciated She has also brought us food from the local food pantry which we both enjoyed I am hearing impaired so visiting is not easy for me however I do appreciate the other little things she does for me along with my wife Sometimes she brings us goodies and always remembers us at holidays and special occasions such as birthdays The Senior Companion program is of great help to me It helps to prevent loneliness helps in sharing news views and opinions on different matters It also helps in learning new things When you go to see them you should see their eyes light up They know that someone really cares about them
www.lssnd.org  Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage Paid Permit No. 1071 Fargo, ND  Lutheran Social Services of ND 3911 20th Ave. S...