January 2014 Newsletter

Description: mental illness photo:  MH-ribbon.gifHappy New Year! We never tire of saying or hearing this; it signifies the start of new and exciting things. As we kick-off 2014, we want to also thank those who helped us this last year with caring for our clients. For their help during the month of December,
we are grateful to:

We are grateful for what we can do for others, with your help!

January is Poverty in America Awareness Month. This month we also celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In honor of his championing for those less fortunate, and in recognition of those living in poverty, we kick off our food stuff collection for our luncheon centerpieces (read more below) and ask that you keep in mind the many who have very little.
Poverty in America is a social crime, so give when you can and educate yourself on other ways to help!
How We Help

Every year at our annual Transforming Lives Luncheon we give back to the community as well as raise money to support our work. Our Task Force makes table centerpiece food baskets from food donations collected at different locations and events. Then the award recipients choose a charity to donate the baskets to after the luncheon. The charities chosen this year are His House Children’s Home in Miami and the Broward Partnership for the Homeless.

If you would like to contribute to these charities by collecting food items in your office, please contact us for the lists of requested items, or just drop some by at our office.
How You Can Help

One of the biggest challenges of fundraising for any non-profit is soliciting sponsorships for events. We count on your support to meet our fundraising goal of $45,000 for our Transforming Lives luncheon. The funds raised help to support the care of our indigent and impoverished clients. You can help us with sponsorship support (from $5000 to $100,) auction donations, advertisements and of course your attendance! Download the sponsor form to help us get started early. We appreciate any support.

And Thank You for your tremendous response to our Annual Appeal last month. Your support helped us to provide 325 hours of pro bono services in December!
Did You Know?

In 2012, 46.5 million people lived in Poverty USA, up from 43.6 million in 2009. That’s means the poverty rate for 2010 was 15.1%, up from 14.3% in 2009.

WHO ARE THE POOR? All those who make less than the Federal government’s official poverty threshold, which for a family of four is $23,492.00. The poor include people working at minimum wage, often holding down several jobs; seniors living on fixed incomes; wage earners suddenly out of work; and millions of families everywhere from our cities to rural communities, including 22% of all children – that’s 1 in every 5 children!

The highest poverty rate by race is found among Blacks (27.4%), with Hispanics (of any race) having the second highest poverty rate (26.6%). Whites had a poverty rate of 13.0%, while Asians had the lowest poverty rate at 12.1%. Visit the website of Poverty USA to see the faces of the poor in America and learn more about what we can all do to alleviate poverty in our communities.

Upcoming Events

Description: open-enrollment-2.jpgSave the Date for our 9th Annual Transforming Lives Luncheon on Thursday, April 3rd. Again the Signature Grand in Davie will be our gracious host. We are pleased to announce that our Honorees this year are Laura Dolin, Esq. of the Law Office of Diana Santa Maria, P.A. and Active Senior Living Assisted Living Facility for their ongoing support of MonarchCare and their services to the community and the people we help.

We will also honor Dylan M. Reyes-Cairo U.S. Army (Retired) with our “Bill Kling Service to Veterans Award” for his work at FAU as the Assistant Dean of Military and Veteran Affairs, helping veterans navigate the university system. Tickets and sponsorships will be available online at our website by 1/22/14.

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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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