Friday, February 25, 2005

Groups Team Up For Seniors

LABELLE, FL. -- Since 1995, two great service organizations in LaBelle have
made a difference in the lives of many older residents in the area. Sue
Gulley, Executive Director of Senior Connections, and Debra Woodford,
President of the Kiwanis Club of LaBelle, announced Tuesday that the two
groups will once again work together to address emergency needs among the
elderly in the LaBelle area. A $5,000 grant from the Kiwanis Club to Senior
Connections will continue the work begun last year to provide a safety net
for senior citizens who find themselves in need of emergency or temporary
assistance due to special circumstances.

The agency's "Good Samaritan" program is meant to help elders whose
situations require immediate assistance, without the customary waiting
period experienced by enrollees into federal or state-funded programs. In
2004, elders were helped with meals, utilities payments, home repairs, and
other emergency needs, all made possible by the Kiwanis grant.

Says Gulley, "We have a long-standing partnership with the Kiwanis Club of
LaBelle that has made significant impact on the needs of seniors less
fortunate in our community. The Club is to be commended for its community
outreach to the elderly."

Senior Connections, a United Way partner agency, provides services to
those in need through a variety of different programs and funding sources
so that no one who needs help goes without. Anyone, including the elder,
can make a referral to Senior Connections for help. Just call 675-1446 in
LaBelle for more information on these or other programs offered at the

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