As the development director for the Sheridan Senior Center, I get excited when the time rolls around for our annual Operation Independence Campaign.
We are so thankful that your contributions and support help those who utilize the center’s services to find comfort, strength and camaraderie. There are many, many great stories that we hear and see take place every day!
As our Executive Director Carmen Rideout states, “Literally 365 days a year our services to older adults, elders, families and the Sheridan area community as a whole, are just too vital to take for granted.” Today we hope to share some history and some philosophy with you, some perspective on our annual Operation Independence Campaign.
Operation Independence originated in 1975 (or there about) with a large group of people who saw the need for a fundraising effort that would support immediate programming and service needs for older adults in Sheridan County. The Senior Citizens Coordinating Council (the precursor to the Sheridan Senior Center) built services for older adults that would help them live as independently as possible, hence the name Operation Independence. It was a mindset, and still is that no matter what a person’s income level is, he or she will feel like they can use the services of the center because they also support them.
Many community members throughout Sheridan County have seen what having services for older adults, can do for families and have supported the need in advance. We are humbled by, and so grateful for, the many contributions that have been put forth over the past four decades. Here is to a campaign that means something to everyone.
We want to make sure that we help keep services for older adults for many years to come. We appreciate all donations and simply couldn’t run our meals, transportation, Day Break, in-home, activities, volunteer, family caregiver support or outreach programs without them. Thank you for your time and thank you to that group who in 1975 created and organized such a successful effort!
This year’s letter is heartwarming. It outlines the feelings and emotion that longtime Sheridan resident Judy Knode had while caregiving for her late husband, Ralph. When Ralph’s health was in decline, she was his sole caregiver. She recalls this time saying, “When I was caregiving on my own I realized not only is it very lonely, but you don’t know where to turn.” It was at this time that one of her friends recommended Stella Montano’s Family Caregiver Support Group. “I had no clue which direction to go in and Stella pointed the way.”
The family caregiver support program helps people remain independent, and in their homes.
As you can see Judy has appreciated the services of the Sheridan Senior Center and the family caregiver support program helps people remain independent, and in their own homes. Our goal is to make sure that we keep services that are valuable and needed for our communities in Sheridan County for many years to come. We could sure use your support for Operation Independence…our goal is $20,000. We appreciate all donations and simply couldn’t run our meals, Day Break, transportation, Help at Home, activities, volunteer, family caregiver support or outreach programs without them.
We want to give everyone the opportunity to support the programs and services that celebrate, embrace and serve older adults for the betterment of our community.
You can also check us out online at www.sheridanseniorcenter.org. We would love to have you join us for some fun this summer. We are on the final phases of construction of the dining room and kitchen and we can’t wait for our grand opening this fall. We are proud of Sheridan County seniors!
Guest columnist Rindy West is the development director at the Sheridan Senior Center. Center Stage is written by friends of the Senior Center for the Sheridan Community. It is a collection of insights and stories related to living well at every age.