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Non Profit Scene
BY TIM MITCHELL, Fund Development Coordinator, Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E.
Going Above and Beyond – A Foundation for Success
The question was asked in an uplift- ing tone, “Are you going to decorate
for Christmas this year?” “Why should I? No one else sees it but us,” came the somewhat disgruntled response. His look was forlorn. It was evident the times of joyous occasions were soundly remem- bered, but deeply missed. So much so that his voice reflected his emotional pain. For years their home was decorated throughout for the holiday. But, as age crept in, and his wife’s dementia wors- ened, the desire and ability to decorate as they once did had diminished. What was once a bustling household with children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren visiting on Christmas day, was now re- duced to the older couple being driven to someone else’s home for Christmas din- ner with family. Realistically, one can’t fully understand that type of emotional pain unless they have experienced that kind of loss. It’s a loss of control that can only be tempered by holding close the memories of more joyous days and the comfort of being surrounded by loved ones.
This older couple was fortunate to have family close by who included them in holiday festivities. Unfortunately, many medically complex older adults don’t have such good fortune. It is not uncommon for many of these individuals to go through the holiday season alone, sometimes without even a phone call from family or friends.
Employees also go above and beyond in their daily work to make sure the needs of participants are met. That may be an on-call nurse taking time to call a lonely participant who just wants to talk or one of the medical providers taking extra time with a participant who is struggling with the aging process. Going above and beyond takes place consis- tently in every area of the organization. It’s what helps makes this non-profit successful and has undoubtedly been a factor in its significant growth over the past several years.
During 2019 the construction of a fourth center also began in Albion and is expected to be completed by December 31st of this year. The opening date for this center is anticipated to be March 1, 2020, but is subject to the approval of CMS and the State of Michigan. This new center will serve older adults on the east side of Calhoun County and will be a much needed healthcare addition to Albion and the surrounding communi- ties. Anyone wishing to donate funds to help with the completion of the Albion center may do so by texting “SENIOR” to 91999 or by visiting https://www. #donate-now.
At Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E., the staff goes above and beyond to make sure the seniors under their care are always remembered during the Christ- mas season. For several weeks prior to Christmas this year the staff of over 250 have been making donations to a fund that will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for the participants – all 538 of them. No one is left out. In some instanc- es, this may be the only gift they receive over the holiday season.
This past year has been another very successful year for Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. with new records and mile- stones being set. On April 1, 2019 a third center was opened at 800 E. Milham Avenue in Portage. That center is already nearing maximum capacity. On Sep- tember 1st, the 500th active participant joined the Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. family, setting an all-time record. During 2019 the organization also saw a record number of active employees, currently
Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. is grateful for another successful year and wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! To learn more about the services available to older adults, please call (269) 441-9319, visit or text “PACE” to 51555.
Going above and beyond is very com- mon among the staff and not just during the holiday season. Throughout the year the employees give to Fulfill a Dream,
In this year the organization also saw a change in leadership. In a unanimous decision by the Board of Directors on November 7, 2019,
Laura Ferrara was named as the
new CEO of Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. Laura began working with Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. on a contractual basis in 2009 and joined the Executive Leadership Team in 2015
a program established by employees
three years ago. Through this employee funded-effort, participants have been able to do things they never would have been able to do otherwise. For example, a 94 year old participant was able to go see her 80 year old daughter in Califor- nia who she had not seen for nearly 20 years. Another participant had a dream of attending a Josh Groban concert. Fulfill a Dream sent her to the concert
of her dreams at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Dozens of participants have seen their dreams fulfilled as a result of this program. It is simply another indication of how much the staff cares for the older adults they serve.
on a full-time basis where she worked very closely with the CEO to articulate and implement the strategic plan of the organization, build new partnerships, and give oversight to all functions related to strategy, business development, mar- keting and communications. Alexandria Lueth, the former CEO, continues with the organization as the Director of IDT Operations and continues to serve on the Executive Leadership Team in this new role. Under her outstanding leadership the organization experienced significant growth. With a new baby at home, this new role allows her to spend more time with her growing family.
at 272, with many more job openings currently posted on the website.

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