September 2012 Newsletter
September brings about many changes and new beginnings. In most states school starts, although we have a little jump start here in Florida. In September, those of the Jewish Faith are celebrating their New Year. The first day of Autumn is the 22nd and our first real day as MonarchCare was September 13th! For those who were able to join us at the Courtyard Marriott on Cypress for our Big Reveal, a good time was had by all as we unveiled our new look! We want to thank our sponsors especially Wells Fargo and Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, and our committee which was exceptional in making this event so successful. The Red Carpet was rolled out, stars were spotted and our staff greeted our guests in their finest attire. The bottom line was we raised $7500 that we will use to continue to serve those vulnerable individuals who need someone to be there for them, just like our supporters are for us.
How we help
Lily, soon to be 90 years young as her lovely picture will attest, has only been a client of MonarchCare for a few months, so we are looking forward to learning more about her as we put in place the safeguards for a continuing life of quality.

She suffers from a mild case of dementia, and was referred to MonarchCare because her financial matters needed more care in handling than she is now able to devote to them. We do know that she is a native of Germany who lived in New York for a number of years and has been a widow for 10 years, but so far we have not located any of her relatives. Nonetheless, Lily is fortunate that she is still living in her own condominium where she has an active daily social life with friends and is well-known for her picture perfect appearance.

Lily says that when she lived in New York she was able to walk to Temple on the Sabbath, but has not attended regularly since being in Florida. She celebrated Rosh Hashanah this year at dinner with friends but feels the more important occasion for spiritual reflection is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
How You Can Help
How can you support MonarchCare? You can help like the following sponsors and committee volunteers of our Big Reveal did with their time, talent and resources.

Our Sponsors:
  • Wells Fargo
  • Vitas
  • FirstLantic Healthcare
  • MarMed
  • Broward County Guardianship Association
  • Alternative Home Health Care
  • Five Star Premier Residences in Hollywood and Plantation
  • Levin, Silvey, Zelco & Mackey, CPA
  • Lambertus & Lambertus, P.A.
  • Raymond James/Morgan Keegan
  • Med Tech Services
  • The Renaissance Assisted Living
  • The Marrinson Senior Care Residences
  • A Move Made Easy
  • Chelsea Information Systems, Inc.
  • Flippany

Our Committee Members:

Holly Thomas – FirstLantic
Laura Hoffman – Five Star Premier Residences
Lindsay Clark – Marrinson Senior Care Residences
Steven Cole – MetLife
Paul Keefe – Donor Development Partners
Marty Moore – Marty Moore Wellness and Massage
Violet White – Your Fat Loss Coach
Marc Schulman – Med Tech Services
Eileen Hughes – The Renaissance Assisted Living and our wonderful Emcee for the evening Shane Le Mar – Shane Le Mar Entertainment.

Contact Christina Levine at MonarchCare if you would like to volunteer for or sponsor any of our future events.

Did You Know?
Jewish Holidays in September

The High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot are considered some of the holiest days of the Jewish year. Observed during the Hebrew month of Tishrei, the High Holidays take place from Sept. 16 to Oct. 8 in 2012. The Mishnah refers to Rosh Hashanah as the "day of judgment," and it is believed that God opens the Book of Life on this day and begins to decide who shall live and who shall die. Yom Kippur marks the end of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of teshuvah (Jewish reflection, repentance and return) that is viewed as an opportunity for Jews to repent (teshuvah, in Hebrew) and ensure a good fate. View more information on Judaism and its beliefs. Happy New Year to all our Jewish readers!

Better Breakfast Month

It might be the last thing on your morning to-do list, or worse, it might not be on your list at all. But a healthy breakfast refuels your body, jump-starts your day and may even benefit your overall health. So don't skip this meal — it may be more important than you think. See the Mayo Clinic's website for more information and suggestions for healthier breakfasts. As for an easy and tasty Sunday breakfast for a crowd, check out Stella’s Breakfast Casserole recipe below (no guarantees on how healthy it is, though!)
The Big Reveal
Thanks to our wonderful Photographer Ron Glazer who volunteers his time and talent to MonarchCare, most recently at our Big Reveal celebration. Here are two of his wonderful pictures: Dolores and Knyvett with our Oscar sponsor, Rob Drake & David Cohen of Wells Fargo and the other is of our wonderful planning committee!

Our next fun event will be a FriendRaiser in January. It will be an opportunity for you to meet some of our supporters and to thank them for their help, allowing us to serve more low income clients. We cannot do this without their, and your, support. Thank you!
Employee of the Month
Stella Gerbasi

Stella, our Director of Care Management, was the Employee of the Month for July. Stella puts the CARE in MonarchCare, she deserves to be our Employee of the Month because of how she goes above and beyond not only for the clients we serve but for the staff she supervises. Stella focuses on meeting the needs of our clients by working closely with our care managers to look at the bigger picture and ensure we have a long range plan for each client.

By taking the time needed her co-workers feel empowered and supported when dealing with the challenging issues that arise with the range of our client needs that must be addressed daily. Stella does the majority of our initial assessments of our clients and is intimately involved in the initial plan of care and implementation of services for all new care management or guardianship cases. Call her and see for yourself how she can be of service to your clients. We appreciate her hard work and dedication!
Recipe
Stella’s Breakfast Casserole Serves 8 - 10

Ingredients:
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Butter to grease pan
  • 6 slices of White Bread
  • 1 pound breakfast sausage (Jimmy Dean original)
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese

Directions

In a small bowl, beat the eggs until they loosen up. Add the half and half, and green onions. Mix well, season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Butter a 12 by 10-inch baking pan. Line the pan with the bread, cutting and rearranging, if needed. Sprinkle the bread with the cooked sausage and cheese. Pour the egg mixture over the entire pan. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook covered for 25 to 30 minutes or until the egg mixture is set.

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Your support enables us to continue our work that has
rescued susceotible 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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