IRON MOUNTAIN - In less than one hour, with a standing-room only crowd, 100-plus Women Who Care in Dickinson County joined forces again to raise $19,500 for a local 501(c)(3) charity in the community.
At the group's last quarterly meeting of the year, after listening to three presentations, the membership selected Family Ties Adult Day Care Center to receive their generous donation.
Family Ties, which is housed in the YMCA building in Iron Mountain, is a program within the Dickinson-Iron Community Services Agency. It is designed to help meet the needs of adults diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or other debilitating diseases.
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100-plus Women Who Care in Dickinson County has donated $19,500 to Family Ties Adult Day Care Center. Pictured from left are Family Ties staff Sharon Kazianka, Sue VanHulla and Angela Johnson, assistant coordinator; Jeff Heino of Dickinson-Iron Community Services Agency; Denise Nault, member of 100 Plus Women Who Care; Tammy Tomassucci, LPN, Coordinator of Family Ties; Sandy Essendrup, RN, Program Director of Family Ties; Kristen Summerfield, Dickinson-Iron Community Services Agency RSVP director.
Its main purpose is to assist the participants in maintaining their maximum level of independence so they are able to remain living in their own home for as long as possible.
Family Ties also provides respite care for family caregivers, giving them time to attend to their other daily responsibilities or needs. For many families, it provides another option other than nursing home placement, which eases the financial and emotional burden for all involved.
"When we had our first meeting just one year ago, we wishfully hoped for 75 to 100 women to become part of this organization," said a steering committee spokesperson. "We now are over 400 strong with 111 individual members and 88 team members. And we are still growing. What a remarkable tribute to the women in our community."
Since its inception one year ago, 100+ Women Who Care in Dickinson County has now given over $85,500 to local 501(c)(3) charities in the local area.
The next meeting for 100+ Women Who Care in Dickinson County, which will be the first quarterly meeting for 2014, is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Pine Grove Country Club, at which time another 501(c)(3) charity/organization will be selected.
For more information or to join the group, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. All interested women are invited to participate.