February 2014 Newsletter

Description: mental illness photo:  MH-ribbon.gifFebruary is the month of love and of showing kindness to all, and not just for our significant other. In addition to celebrating Valentine’s day this month, we honor Random Acts of Kindness the same week. In each life we touch, no matter how seemingly small the gesture, the impact is felt and hopefully passed on to someone else. We trust that as you read on your heart is touched and that, just as our staff does, you reach out and show another some LOVE!

How We Help

An increasing number of calls we have had this past month have been from individuals in need of food and help to stay in their home; paying their mortgage, taxes or rent. Often they are overwhelmed with information from other resources. Taking the time to listen to their issues, helping them think through the process, giving them additional referrals or explaining how to leverage the ones they have is how we help.

We wish we could hold their hand through the process, but that is where funding comes into play. We want to help but are limited by time and resources. Yet our staff (from Patsy, who answers the phone, to Knyvett, MonarchCare’s founder) takes the time to be kind. We understand what they are experiencing because some of our clients similarly have no resources, no income, no family; just MonarchCare.

How You Can Help

We have 2 clients in need of clothing, but who have no income. Both of these clients are younger and live in a facility. If you can help by donating any of these items (used items are fine) please contact Chris Levine.

For our female client,

  • Large elastic waist pants
  • Medium tops
  • Size 8 1/2 shoes or sneakers
For our male client,
  • X-large, comfortable sweatpants with elastic waists
  • Tops for the sweatpants
  • Socks
As always, thank you for your support. Because our readers are so helpful, we were able to provide 250 hours of pro bono services in January.
Did You Know?

There is some evidence that being kind can make a real difference to the well-being and health of individuals. A recent AARP blog quoted research done at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of North Carolina, which found “…people whose happiness was based on doing things for others, rather than on merely accumulating things, had lower inflammatory markers (inflammation has been linked to a higher risk of developing diabetes, cancer and heart disease) and improved levels of antibodies needed for fighting off disease.” Visit the website of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation to see numerous ways in which to practice everyday kindness.

Upcoming Events

Description: open-enrollment-2.jpgBe sure to mark Thursday, April 3rd on your calendar for our 9th Annual Transforming Lives Luncheon. This is a great opportunity for you to support MonarchCare’s work, while we honor those who have supported us, our clients and the veterans in our community. Sponsorships are still available, as well as the opportunity to donate auction items and food for our centerpieces. We will again create table centerpieces out of food baskets, which will be donated to His House Children’s Home in Miami, Boca Helping Hands and Broward Partnership for the Homeless after the luncheon. We are excited about these three recipients because they represent the spectrum of MonarchCare’s clients, who range from children to seniors throughout South Florida. Please contact Chris Levine for more information, or go to our website to purchase your ticket!

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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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