January 2013 Newsletter
Happy New Year! As we begin 2013, we have an opportunity to look forward to some fun and exciting events as well as to check in on one of our great success stories.
And we are so excited about getting “back in the swing” of things now that we have our new brochures! Chris and Knyvett will be out in the community focusing on our collaborations and partnerships with other professionals; attorneys, not-for-profit organizations, trust officers, home health agencies and care facilities, to name just a few. This is our team that helps us to have such wonderful successes! It is because of these Professional Connections that we achieve Exceptional Solutions!
How We Help
For Auld Lang Syne

“A right delayed is a right denied.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King’s lifelong commitment to the dignity of each human being is one MonarchCare strives to uphold each day. As professional guardian for two-thirds of our clients, and answerable to strict legal oversight, we exercise a power over their lives that we never take lightly. Rights as basic as those to vote, marry and enter into contracts are fundamental to the life and dignity of each citizen, regardless of circumstance. MonarchCare does not accept this role unless it is absolutely necessary for the protection of the individual who has no one else to step into that role. We make every effort to determine that there is no other recourse, such as care management, personalized money management or family intervention.

It is with great pride and pleasure that we have succeeded in several instances over the years to petition the courts for the restoration of rights for some of our clients. 

Tammy suffered with substance abuse most of her life, going through numerous rehabilitation programs, none of which worked. Her history of relapse spanned decades before her mother contacted us in early 2010 when Tammy would not voluntarily commit herself to a center for detoxification. After our initial efforts proved insufficient, Tammy’s Mom petitioned the court to have MonarchCare named as Tammy’s legal guardian. After several false starts, Tammy began her long road to recovery on Christmas Day, 2010 when she was in an empty apartment, sleeping on a mattress with no sheets, pillows or blankets and no food in the house. While the recovery process never ends, MonarchCare’s direct involvement stopped when Tammy’s rights were restored in 2012 and we had the delightful opportunity to present her with the court order at our “Transforming Lives” Luncheon. Sandi Kattan, our nurse care manager, worked closely with Tammy through her transformation.  Here is how Sandi explains her progress and why it means so much to her to help people like Tammy. 

“I am happy to report Tammy continues to do well. She attends daily AA/NA meetings, has a sponsor, works a 12 step program, maintains her sobriety, and shares her story as an inspiration to other addicts embarking on their recovery. She loves her life now, has a wonderful man in her life, and is back in close touch with her mother and sister. Tammy and I meet for lunch once every few months and she looks beautiful, healthy and happy.

I have worked in the field of addiction since 1983. Most of us working in the field of addiction have a personal reason for doing so, as I do. I have a brother, Paul, who has struggled with his drug addiction for decades, very much like Tammy. Thankfully he now celebrates 2 years of recovery and is doing well. There are many Tammys and Pauls out there. Some make it and some don’t. When coping with addiction, there is a thin line between being supportive and enabling. The key is not giving up.
I am privileged to work with MonarchCare, it is very rewarding and allows me to follow my philosophy in life, never give up on anyone.
It can always get better!”

Thanks to Sandi’s Never-Give-Up attitude, we helped Tammy to Transform her Life.

How You Can Help

There are many ways in which you can help MonarchCare. For example, this last month we underwent an office facelift thanks to the owners of our office complex. But when you have your offices redone there is so much work to do! We never would have gotten it all done without our wonderful volunteers from Hands On Broward and the Dolphins Special Teams: Ryan, George, Brand and Christine. A Big Thank You to Paul Keefe who also helped with our packing, unpacking, moving boxes and furniture and hanging pictures. It took a village to allow us to continue to serve our clients during this undertaking. We thank all those who gave to our “Giving Tree” in December providing a gift for one of our indigent clients for the holidays. If you want to know how you can help, just ask us!   

Did You Know?

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. King, both a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist, had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s. Through his activism, he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the South and other areas of the nation, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors. Tragically, King was assassinated in April 1968.  He continues to be remembered as one of the most lauded African-American leaders in history, often referenced by his 1963 speech, "I Have a Dream." See more of Dr. King's biography. Read more of Dr. King's memorable words.


Upcoming Events

Please join us for our “Gold into Giving” on Wednesday, January 30th at the Horizon Club Five Star Senior Living, from 5:00-7:-00 PM. Bring your unwanted gold and silver and walk away with some cash in your pocket while networking with other friends and professionals. More information can be found on our website.
Then mark your calendar for Wednesday, February 13th for our Open House as we show off our refreshed digs! 

Lastly, be sure to come to the Signature Grand on Thursday, March 7th when we honor Alan Cohn of Greenspoon Marder, P.A. and the City of Tamarac’s Social Services Department. For sponsorship opportunities or to buy your ticket click here.

Employee of the Month
Theresa Goodman

Our Employee of the Month for November 2012 was Theresa Goodman, known to us as “Terry” or “Tee”. Terry has been working with our clients for almost 14 years. Her passion and caring for others comes from a variety of life experiences. She raised her three children after the death of her husband. She also helps a family member who suffers from mental illness. This makes her
commitment to our clients more meaningful as she protects their assets or is able to lighten their financial stresses with her calming demeanor. Terry finds her solace from friends, reading and humor. Although she lives in Florida, she loves the change of seasons and often travels to visit her children in Oregon and NY. Terry finds the little treasures in life and we treasure her!  

Recipe
Paulette’s Apple Knobby Cake

Ingredients:
  • 4 tbsps. of butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 6 cups diced apples
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tsps. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together by hand and spread in Bundt pan.
Bake at 375° for 30-40 minutes.

Your Feedback is Important to us
Tell us what you think!

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

Forward Email to a friend!

Designed by www.envisionwebdevelopment.com