May 2015 Newsletter

“Get Into the Act” is the Theme for 2015 Older Americans Month
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 1 & 2 movies are a must see for everyone! They are filled with great examples of older individuals “Getting into the Act” and words of wisdom to remind us that getting older can be a new beginning. 

Each May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) celebrates Older Americans Month to recognize seniors for their contributions to the nation. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA), ACL is focused on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others.

When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday, about a third lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. But interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month,” the prelude to “Older Americans Month.”

One of the many wonderful pearls from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Movie: “Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right then it's not yet the end.” Embrace life and all it brings you! And be sure to mark yur calendars!  MonarchCare’s Connectors Coronation will take place on September 17, 2015.  See Upcoming Events and learn how to be a member of the task force and how to nominate a great networker in your industry.  

How We Help

Rosalie H. has suffered from mental illness most of her life, with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and psychosis.  Rosalie keeps to herself at her assisted living facility. Recently, Rosalie’s care manager has arranged for massage therapies for some of her other clients.  After some creative thinking with other staff, she wondered if Rosalie might also benefit from massage therapy.  This posed a challenge because Rosalie was abused in the past and does not like to be touched.  Our care manager and the masseuse made Rosalie feel comfortable in her environment and she accepted the massage under her conditions.  After the session was over, Rosalie exclaimed “I loved it!!!!” and confirmed she wants to continue with the visit from the masseuse.

How You Help

MonarchCare is a social service organization classified by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charity, allowing donors to receive a tax deduction for their generosity.  We believe our non-profit organization is in the business of helping those in need, improving a community, and addressing challenging social issues. Having the resources to do our good work and be self-sufficient is critical to our success. Donations of money, goods and services; events; grants and volunteers are all necessary for us to be sustainable.

Donors, like you, are critical to our ability to serve our indigent clients in dire need of someone to keep them safe. Your donations have enabled us to rescue more than 1,000 susceptible individuals from financial exploitation, restore institutionalized persons to independent lifestyles and reconnect isolated persons with long lost family and friends. Last year we provided pro-bono services valued at over $210,000. Due to reduced donations and a greater community need, we still have a waiting list of clients who are at-risk.

Here are just a few testimonials of how you helped us help others:

“This note is to express my joy and appreciation for the services of MonarchCare with my daughter. For two years, she struggled to recover from a drug/alcohol addition and is now a healthy, happy, sober young woman, thanks to the guidance and friendship from her MonarchCare case manager and other professionals at MonarchCare. After attending your Transforming Lives Luncheon, I became aware of how important donations are to the program. Enclosed is a check in tribute and appreciation to MonarchCare. Thank you again for helping my daughter find herself!” Carol P. 

“I thank you for your patience and your guidance when I couldn’t see the forest through the trees. I feel you truly had a heart even though I was one of many people for you to be responsible for. I think of you as someone who was there to offer me a helping hand to get me where I am today. Thank you.” Diana B.

Visit our website and view the testimonials of those who benefited from our work and your generosity . Become a donor today at our secure site. Your donation does make a difference!

Did You Know?

May is Mental Health Month. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the month of May, the National Alliance in Mental Illness (NAMI) and the rest of the country are bringing awareness to mental illness. Each year the movement grows stronger as NAMI works to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. In 2013, President Obama proclaimed May as National Mental Health Awareness Month and brought the issue of mental health to the forefront of our nation’s thoughts.

The Florida Bar News, March 15, 2015 article titled: Mental health in the courts: Could this finally be the year?, stated “When it comes to financing the care and treatment of its citizens with mental health problems, Florida has almost nowhere to go but up.”  Miami-Dade Judge Steve Leifman told the Florida House Judiciary Committee, which held a workshop on mental health and criminal justice issues on February 18, that if the people with physical ailments were treated the same as those with mental illnesses, “there would be lawsuits and criminal indictments. It still stuns me that it’s OK to discharge people with serious mental illnesses into homelessness, and that’s basically what we do. And then we don’t understand why they end up in the criminal justice system.” Click here to view the entire article.

We believe that these issues are important to address year round, but highlighting these issues during May provides a time for people to come together and display the passion and strength of those working to improve the lives of the tens of millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren was honored by MonarchCare at our recent Transforming Lives Luncheon for being a pioneer, helping to establish the nation’s first mental health court dedicated to the decriminalization of persons with serious mental illness. MonarchCare oversees the safety and wellbeing of our clients who suffer from a variety of mental health issues and ensure they receive services and support to maximize their quality of life. Visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness for more information on this important topic.

Upcoming Events

Our 3rd Annual Connectors’ Coronation will take place on September 17, 2015, the location has yet to be determined.

This annual event honors the great networkers of South Florida who help to make positive impacts in our community; those who go above and beyond to connect people and services to each other. Nominees are accepted in the six categories of individuals who most often service our clients:

  • Legal
  • Social/Mental Health Services
  • Financial
  • Not-For-Profit/ Government
  • Health Care Providers
  • Professional Services

After the nomination process, individual nominees are voted on by their peers and colleagues.

We are seeking volunteers to serve on the Connectors’ Coronation Task Force and will be accepting nominations of someone you consider to be the best Networker in your industry this summer.

Please contact Knyvett Lee or call 954-720-2485 for more information.

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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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