Category Foley Area CARE Blog

For a Laugh

For a Laugh

Hospital rules state that patients checking out must have a wheelchair.

One day a newly graduated nurse assistant came into the room to find an elderly man fully for-laughdressed. He was sitting on the bedside chair, with a piece of packed luggage at his side, all ready to go. When he was shown the wheelchair, he was adamant that he was fully capable of walking himself to the parking lot.

The assistant told him rules were rules, so he relented and let her wheel him out. In the elevator, the assistant asked the elderly man if his wife was coming to meet him. “I don’t think so,” he replied. “It takes her awhile to change her clothes, so she’s probably still upstairs in the bathroom taking off her hospital gown and getting dressed.”

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Pork Chop Dinner

Pork Chop Dinner & Silent Auction

Foley Area C.A.R.E. is so grateful for the wonderful community support that was demonstratedpork-chop-dinner by the large number of people that attended the pork chop dinner and silent auction held on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. All of the 375 pork chops that had been ordered were consumed as well as the 400 Texas Road House buns and cinnamon butter. Our many pie bakers helped us shine at this event. All of our pies were enjoyed which is testament to the quality of the pies and dedication of our volunteers.

We want to thank all of the volunteers and donors that made this event possible...

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Featured Volunteer

Featured Volunteer – Mark Lorenz

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our student board member, Mark Lorenz. Markfeatured-volunteer has been on the C.A.R.E. board for two years and leaves us after graduating with the class of 2016 from Foley High School. Mark brought a youthful spirit to our projects where he worked with volunteers in order to give back to his community. Mark will attend St. John’s University in the fall and will be part of the Football and ROTC programs. Congratulation Mark on your past accomplishments and your future endeavors.

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Maxine Olson Retires from Board of Directors

Maxine Olson Retires from Board of Directors

Maxine Olson RetiresThe Program Staff and Board of Directors would like to thank Maxine Olson for her dedication and commitment. After fourteen years of service, Maxine has decided to retire from the Board of Directors. Maxine has been involved with the program from inception in 2002. She was instrumental in C.A.R.E’s expansion. She has been a member on both the Outreach and Communication Committees where she devoted her time and talents to write articles, conduct presentations, recruit volunteers and locate and write grants. She attended board training at the Initiative Foundation and was active in board member training and strategic planning.

Executive Director, Connie Cardinal, stated Maxine’s compassion and support will truly be missed...

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Benton County Employees Present Check

Benton County Employees Present Check

Benton county Employees Present Check

On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, Benton County Employees presented Foley Area C.A.R.E.and the C.R.O.S.S. Center with matching checks of $751.00! This is a significant amount for our grassroots organization. A longstanding annual tradition, Benton Co. Employees have been supporting C.A.R.E. in a unique way for the past nine years by turning their holiday party into a fundraiser. Employees create gift baskets which are then auctioned off at a holiday party. Their continued charity and thoughtfulness help Foley Area CA.R.E. fulfill our mission in your community while continuing to grow. If you know someone who participates, please give them a big “Thank You!...

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Community Comes Together to Build Ramp

Build-a-RampOn Tuesday, October 27, 2015, just before the onslaught of Minnesota’s first snowfall, members of First Presbyterian Church’s Mission Work Team along with other volunteers from the community met at the home of some of our community members to install a wheelchair access ramp. The steps to be replaced had become a significant obstacle for the residents to continue living in their home.

Because an integral facet of the C.A.R.E. mission is to help our community members enjoy a greater quality of life by staying in their own homes as long as possible, this project serves as a great example of that C.A.R.E. tries to for the community.

A total of 12 people contributed 70 hours of volunteer service to make the ramp project happen! The First Presbyterian Church’s Mission Work Team seeks to assist ...

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Memory Tree

Memory-TreeBill and Gini Kalton were two volunteers that represented Foley Area C.A.R.E. at our annual Memory Tree fundraising event at Coborn’s. Each year Coborn’s invites C.A.R.E. to set-up a table and sell donated ornaments in memory of loved ones. Thank you Bill and Gini and the other volunteers for giving us an opportunity to tell our story and to give the Foley area an opportunity to see what we can offer seniors. We had many talented volunteers that made the ornaments. We are so thankful for their willingness to give their times and talent. Also, thank you to Coborn’s for providing a space to set-up our table and our tree covered in ornaments.

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Fall Yard Clean Up

Fall-Yard-CleanupFoley Area C.A.R.E. was able to coordinate fall yard clean-up for two local residents with muscle supplied by the Busy Bees 4-H club and their coordinator, Denise Rothfork. Geralt Hovde brought his trailer to haul away all of the yard debris from this clean-up. Members of the 4-H group that assisted included Mikey Moulzolf, Katelyn Moulzolf, Ali Stellmach, and Aubrey Stellmach. This group worked together on two separate days to help these residents tidy up their property before the first snow fall. Thank you Busy Bees and Gerald for you hard work and your continued support of our area seniors!

Don’t forget – yard clean-up for you OR a loved one is only a phone call away. We have volunteers anxious to help with Spring and Fall yard chores.

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C.A.R.E. and Area Youth Group Come Together

Area-Youth-GroupC.A.R.E. was able to coordinate a moving project with members of the youth group from New Life Church and their youth pastor, Pastor Nick Benson. This group assisted a client by moving her items from her home into a semi-trailer as she prepared to relocate out of state. Members of the group included Youth Pastor Nick Benson, Casey Benson, Janelle Batty, Hannah Batty, Matt Kampa, Riley Johnson, Taylor Killinger, Madison Joslin, and Jo Boom. This client was so appreciative of these young people that she made the group lunch and provided refreshments to give them a break from the hard, physically demanding work. Thank you to the motivated  members of New Life Church for you willingness to assist members of out community!

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Prevent Falls in Older Adults

FallPreventionEvery twenty minutes an older adult in the United States dies from an unintentional fall (according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and many more are injured. Falls are one of the leading causes of death of older adults in the United States and, unfortunately, Minnesota is one of the states leading the nation in numbers of accidental fall deaths. Not only are falls expensive (the Center for Disease Control estimates the average cost of a fall is over $35,000 per fall) but falls are also the most common reason why seniors end up in nursing homes.

Central Minnesota Home Safety Coalition

It is easy to see why Falls Prevention for seniors has become a priority nationwide; but did you know the Central Minnesota Home Safety Coalition exists right in your community? The Central ...

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