There is always something happening at CARE. We plan and host programs to help benefit the seniors in our community.
Fresh Produce Distribution
The CARE program works in collaboration with Second Harvest Heartland and local farmers to provide free fresh produce and baked goods from July thru October. Food distribution is held on the 2nd Monday of each month at the CARE office from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Free fresh produce is available for participants of all ages with no preregistration or income guidelines.
To volunteer for fresh produce distribution call 320-968-7848
CARE – Community Action Respecting Elders is the distribution site for the United States Department of Agriculture Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (USDA NAPS) for Benton County.
This monthly box of free food is available to qualified seniors by registering in advance at the CARE office or by calling CARE 320-968-7848. Registration is simple and quick, and seniors who qualify are eligible immediately. Once registered, seniors may pick up their monthly box at the CARE office or call in advance to schedule delivery by one of our volunteers.
Register today and mark your calendar for the second Monday of every month from 11 am to 1 pm, throughout the year! Call 320-968-7848
Come join the fun and spend the afternoon with friends. Participants will complete a project while learning basic tools and techniques of art. The experience will change the way you view the world around you. The class is free but limited. Contact CARE at 320-968-7848 to reserve your space.
Fun & Fitness for Seniors
Movement can help increase mobility, flexibility, balance, improve sleep and mood, and boost self-confidence. Social contact with others increases well-being, improves cognition, boosts creativity, and also lowers stress. So come join CARE every Tuesday & Thursday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm at Dewey Place Apartments. All Seniors are welcome, just call 320-968-7848
Join CARE for a journey that will help give you some understanding of the aging process, some “why” behind what dementia brings to the table, and some Caregiver clarity that will sustain even the most burnout Caregivers.
Are you experiencing low moods or depression? Are you feeling isolated due to COVID-19? Free assistance is available for you!
CARE works in partnership with Jewish Family Services of St. Paul to offer the
Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) to rural seniors of all faiths. This program is a free, short-term counseling/life coaching evidenced-based protocol specifically designed for older adults dealing with low mood or depression. The PEARLS program was researched and developed at the University of Washington in Seattle where research discovered that ‘behavioral activation’ may be as effective as ‘cognitive behavioral therapy’ in treating depression.
Here are a few statements from seniors who have participated in the program:
“I had no idea what was to take place, so it was a surprise. I shared my bucket list and goals. Not knowing what was really going to take place, I am so grateful [the PEARLS coordinator] was put in my life.”
“I know that I’ve been very depressed for a long time, and I didn’t think anyone could help me. I was very wrong. The good Lord sent me [the PEARLS counselor] and put me in touch with [a therapist].”
“The depression test [the PEARLS Counselor] had me do, dropped from “10” to “2”. I am so much better. I don’t know how she did it”
PEARLS counselors will meet with adults 55 and older in their homes for a one-time assessment, and qualified candidates will be loaned an easy to use iPad to be used for sessions with a counselor. If you are a senior 55 or older, or caretaker to a senior 55 or older experiencing low mood or depression, please call CARE at 320-968-7848 and ask for Connie. You will receive additional information and be able to set up an appointment for enrollment. Please know you are not alone, help is only a phone call away.>