Category Foley Area CARE Blog

Thank You, Pastor Al!

Foley Area C.A.R.E. staff and members of the Board of Directors and their spouses, attended a dinner celebrating the retirement of Pastor Al Jergenson, at Coyote Moon Grille on September 22nd.

In 2002 Pastor Al was a member of the steering committee, and became the first chairman of the Board of Directors of the newly formed Foley Area C.A.R.E. Program. Carol Mersinger, Director of the CROSS Center in Foley, served with Pastor Al in those early days on the steering committee and told us, “He is a visionary who understood how a program like this could benefit and grow in this community”. We agree; his contributions of time and resources to C.A.R.E. over the years has been instrumental in its success.

It is with great affection that we thank this loving, kind and generous man, and wish h...

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Safety for Seniors

Opioid abuse is a fast growing problem across the country and here locally as well. Addicts go to great lengths to find ways to feed their addiction. Sometimes that includes stealing medications from others. If you have ever had any kind of surgery or other medical condition that resulted in substantial pain, you have likely been prescribed an opioid pain killer. These medications are known by a number of different names. Morphine, methadone, buprenorphine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone are the generic names for these medications. They are also sold under the brand names of Vicodin, Percodan, Tylox, OxyContin, Percocet, and Demerol. It is not uncommon for patients to have unused pills left after recovering from their medical condition...

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Foley Area CARE Welcomes Gift Cards

When you donate a gift card from a business such as:

  • Office Depot/OfficeMax
  • Coborn’s
  • Target
  • Walmart/Sam’s Club
  • Dollar Store

The staff at C.A.R.E. is able to purchase office supplies and items needed for fundraisers with your generous donation – and your purchase is 100% tax deductible!

You can support area neighbors 60 and over to continue living in the home of their choice through your tax deductible gift on or before December 31, 2017. Thank you!

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Volunteer Appreciation Dinner “Celebrating You!”

Foley Area C.A.R.E. volunteers, staff, and board members gathered at the First Presbyterian Church in Foley on Thursday, July 27, 2017 for our annual volunteer appreciation dinner.

Pastor Al Jergenson and Dennis Clark barbecued hamburgers, while staff and other board members served volunteers at the build-a-burger buffet. The room was filled with laughter and chatter, as the children of the Brian and Paula Lorenz family bused tables and served beverages and desserts.

Our guest speaker was Krisie Barron, a licensed social worker, who spoke to our group about “Normal Aging/Not Normal Aging as it Pertains to Alzheimer’s”. Her interactive presentation included valuable information for current caregivers, respite caregivers, and advance planning for those of us who may need help in the future...

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Free Food, All Year ‘Round, For Seniors in Benton County

The Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS) is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Bill. This program, based on household size and income, will provide a 30-35 pound box of food every month to seniors aged 60 years and older who qualify:

    • Canned fruits packed in juice or light syrup; Canned vegetables with low sodium; Bottled 100% juice
    • Nonfat dry and shelf stable low fat milk, low fat American cheese
    • Canned meat like chicken, beef stew, chili or tuna, and peanut butter or dry beans
    • Cereal & rice or pasta

Foley Area C.A.R.E. is proud to be the Benton County distribution center for this program. Seniors who are registered can pick up their monthly box of food on the second Monday of every month from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the C.A.R.E...

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Age & Disabilities Odyssey Conference

Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Board on Aging, this conference is held every two years at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth.

This conference provides original, thought-provoking sessions on a variety of topics related to the support of seniors and persons with disabilities; in order to provide knowledge that attendees can easily relate to and put into action.

The Foley Area C.A.R.E. Program is the grateful recipient of a large portion of our funding through a grant from the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services. As such we are invited, excited, and required to attend this event...

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Safety for Senior

Theft is consistently among the top five most reported crimes in Benton County. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to help prevent becoming a victim of theft. Theft is often a crime of opportunity. A thief sees something of value left unattended or unsecured and steals it. Taking the simple step of securing your property will prevent a large percentage of would-be thieves. Locking outbuildings, locking vehicles, putting away easily taken items (bicycles, lawn mowers, tools, chain saws, etc.) inside a locked shed, taking keys out of vehicles, or any other actions that will make it difficult for a thief to take your property are the best defense against theft.

Conceal any items of value from easy view...

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Fresh Produce Coming to CARE

Foley Area CARE is happy to announce another summer season of fresh produce and bakery goods!

Foley Area CARE Produce

CARE purchases available fresh produce and bakery goof, and distributes them at our Foley office free of charge to people of all ages who reside in Benton County. Participants are not required to pre-register, but must be willing to sign-in and provide the number of individuals per household.

The staff at CARE will not know what produce or bakery items will be delivered in advance of their arrival; so please come prepared with your bags or boxes to make your selections at our site. Produce and bakery items will be available for pickup between the hours of 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM on the following dates:

  • Monday, July 24
  • Monday, August 14
  • Monday September 11
  • Monday, October 9

If you would like to mak...

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Pork Chop Dinner and Silent Auction

PorkChopDinnerThe annual Pork Chop Dinner and Silent Auction is coming soon. This event is one of our largest fundraising efforts and we are asking for your support . . . and your creativity!
Choose a theme and fill a “basket”! Perhaps Mother’s or Father’s Day, anniversary or birthday, gardening or barbeque, a night out or a night in, children and babies, just for him, just for her, kitchen, bath, garage, or pets. Your creation could be in a basket, a tool box, a wash tub, or even a tote. We also welcome gift cards and single items for those who cannot or do not wish to
create a “basket”.
Whatever you choose, your generous donation is greatly appreciated. Please drop your donations at the Foley Area C.A.R.E. office or call 320-968-7848 to schedule a time for pick-up; and
Thank you very much ...

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Volunteer Opportunities

Many seniors can stay in their homes with just a little help. We are always excited to welcome new volunteers, both individuals and groups, who are willing to assist seniors with rides, light housekeeping, yard work, and handyman services.

Spring is here and with it comes a need for help with yard clean up, and garden and flower bed preparation. Could you volunteer some time to help? When you contact the C.A.R.E. office at 320-968-7848, we will help you pair your talents with a senior in need.

New this year: Foley Area C.A.R.E. will have a concession stand at the Foley Fun Days (June 19-21)!

The Foley Kiwanis have generously offered their successful booth for our exclusive use. We will need lots of volunteers for various tasks, from set-up and take down, to daily sales in the booth...

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