December 2012 Newsletter
This is the best time of year for so many reasons and for so many people; celebrating, giving thanks, visiting family and friends. Luckily, we don’t have too many winter-weather challenges for the visiting part of the season here in Florida! This month we share how our staff creates these moments for our clients every day, by a touch, a listening ear or an out stretched arm to guide them. Our goal is to give them the dignity and respect that every human being deserves not only during this season but all year.

This year we began a new tradition at MonarchCare. Our “Giving Tree” offers friends and supporters the opportunity to bring a special gift for one of our clients to make their holiday special. Thank you to all who participated!
Spirit of the Season

In many of our newsletters, we have highlighted our clients, their stories and how we have helped. During this season of giving, we give thanks for our staff that interact most closely with our clients, our Care Managers and Financial Specialists. They all have tremendous compassion for “their” clients and display the utmost sensitivity and humanity every day, whether it is during a routine task or upon an unusual request.
Care Managers primarily monitor and coordinate clients’ medical and social services delivery, but delivering medications, buying shoes, updating family and friends, orienting Friendly Visitor volunteers are all common tasks for Alan, Sandi, Brillytza and Paulette. During their visits, they often help with the most personal of needs out of necessity, acting as mediator with family, friends, caregivers and perhaps even walk the dog or change the litter box!

Financial Specialists bring patience and understanding to those clients still aware of what their financial lives were like before requiring the oversight of someone else. 
Charmaine, Monica and Terry all take great care in listening and explaining MonarchCare’s role to “their” clients and actively explain our diligence in ensuring each client’s account(s) are well-managed. When a client is particularly distressed with his or her loss of control, these wonderful ladies calmly review account locations, bank balances and current expenses time after time, helping the individual to reconcile this change with dignity.
In a word, these very special employees turn into many of our clients’ “Family” and MonarchCare celebrates their good works throughout the year as the world celebrates this Joyous Holiday Season!

How You Can Help

This time of year brings lots of requests for donations, gifts and remembrances.  Please keep MonarchCare in mind as your charity of choice when you send out your holiday cards or make a donation in the name of a family member. Then carry it over into the New Year with your New Year’s Resolution to give back to the clients we serve.  And please, contact us for other ways you can keep on giving in 2013.

Did You Know?

Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. December 25 has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870.


The eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah (or Chanukah) commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where, according to legend, Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. Hanukkah, which means "dedication" in Hebrew, begins on the 25th of Kislev on the
Hebrew calendar and falls in November or December. Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts. On each of the holiday’s eight nights, another candle is added to the menorah after sundown; the ninth candle, called the Shamash (“helper”), is used to light the others. Jews typically recite blessings during this ritual and display the menorah prominently in a window as a reminder to others of the miracle that inspired the holiday.


Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, created Kwanzaa in 1966.  Karenga combined aspects of several different harvest celebrations, such as those of the Ashanti and those of the Zulu, to form the basis of Kwanzaa.  The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first fruits" in Swahili. The principles of Kwanzaa, called the Nguzo Saba (seven principles in Swahili), are values of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing community among African-Americans.

Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, playing of African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal. On each of the seven nights of Kwanzaa, the family gathers and a child lights one of the candles on the Kinara (candleholder), then one of the seven principles is discussed. See the History Channel’s website for more information.

Upcoming Events

In with the new and out with the old….sounds interesting? Come join us for an opportunity to sell your old silver and gold jewelry on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 from 5:00-7:00 PM at The Horizon Club, a FiveStar Senior Living residence.  Join our friends for some delicious refreshments, networking and at the end of the evening go home with some $$$ in your pocket!  Invitations will be out soon.   

Mark your calendars for our Annual Transforming Lives Luncheon set for Thursday, March 7, 2013, when we honor Alan Cohn and the City of Tamarac. Sponsorship opportunities are now available and donations of auction items being gratefully accepted! Contact Christina Levine for more information at clevine@monarchcare.org .

Employee of the Month
Veronica Cabrera

Little did we know when we highlighted Veronica as a new employee in October’s newsletter that she would then become October’s Employee of the Month! That says everything about the contribution she has made in a short time at MonarchCare, for which we are grateful. Veronica is now on maternity leave but we look forward to her further contributions to MonarchCare’s success.

Recipe
Knyvett’s Holiday Colors Salad
Serves 6
Ingredients:
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Fresh Basil, sliced in a chiffonade
  • 2 Tablespoons White Wine vinegar
  • 1 pound Plum tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz. can Hearts of Palm, drained and carefully dried
  • 1 small Sweet onion

Directions:

Whisk the first three ingredients together in a medium bowl.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Slice the onions thinly from top to bottom so the slices look like crescents.

Depending on their size, either cut the tomatoes into 1-inch slices (small tomatoes) or into 1 inch chunks (large tomatoes.)

Cut the hearts of palm into 1-inch slices.

Mix the vegetables with the vinaigrette.  Let the salad sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes to meld the flavors.

The red tomatoes, white hearts of palm and green basil make a spectacular holiday show!

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Your support enables us to continue our work that has
rescued susceptible individuals from financial
exploitation, restored institutionalized persons to
independent lifestyles and reconnected isolated persons
with long-lost family and friends. Thank You!

Knyvett Lee, NCG
MonarchCare Founder, CEO

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