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Serving Our Senior Times - July 2020 VETERANS
Aaron D. Edlefson, Special to Senior Times FREEDOM FOR ALL
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   Empowering Lives, Guiding Futures
 Here to Help with life’s challenges
Guardian Finance and Advocacy Services (Guardian) has been a trusted service provider in Southwest Michigan since 1966.As a 501( c )3 nonprofit corporation, our professional and compassionate staff provides a complete network of public fiduciary services to improve the lives of more than 1,200 clients each year.
Our core business has historically been in the court-appointed services of guardian- ship and conservatorship, though we also serve as representative payee, by appoint- ment of the Social Security Administration, andVA fiduciary, by appointment of the Veterans Administration.
Money Management Trust Management VA Fiduciary Guardianship
We are seeking to grow our services for the general public.These include trust management, financial power of attorney agreements, and money management programs, preventive offerings that can help people remain independent, avoid financial crisis, and prevent the need for court intervention.
We are a social enterprise driven by our nonprofit mission, and simultaneously working to maintain our successful business. Our services are supported
by client fees that are necessary to cover service costs, and our fee schedule is adjusted to accommodate each client’s ability to pay.
• Financial Power of Attorney • Special Needs Trust
• Representative Payee
• Conservatorship
 Visit our website for more information
693 Capital Ave. SW, Unit #3 Battle Creek, MI 49015
                    On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted to break from the tyrannous rule of King George III
and declare the colonies indepen-
dent from British rule. Two days
later, July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted. The fight for independence did not end there. The Revolutionary War continued until it formally ended on September 3, 1783, when the Treaty of Paris was signed. End of the story, right? Enemy van- quished and treaty signed, what else could there be? Sadly, freedom from British rule did not mean freedom for everyone.
United States. However, that was not the end of the story.
Along with our allies, our indepen- dence from England was fought not only by white men and women (yes, women helped win the Revolutionary War), but also by black men and women, both free and bound by slavery. They fought bravely and valiantly, no less than their white counterparts, but
While orders and proclamations addressed slavery, they did not address segregation. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, on paper, ended segregation in public places and banned discrimination in the workplace. But yet again, the story did not end there.
at the end of the war were returned to slavery or were crippled by rules and laws meant to control them. The free- dom that they fought and died for was ripped from them and dangled out of reach.
It’s 2020 and the story is still being written. Our nation still struggles with racism and oppression. The aforemen- tioned Declaration of Independence, one of our nation’s founding docu- ments that is maintained in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, states that, “All men are created equal...” Our country was founded on that premise of equality and yet we are still struggling to achieve it.
On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger issued “General Orders, Number 3” to the District of Texas. The order began as follows, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” Thus, June 19 is now celebrated as Juneteenth and serves to commemorate the end of slavery in the
Across the nation, from sea to shin- ing sea, we must bind together regard- less of skin color or background to defeat the enemy of racism and oppres- sion. We must cast aside differences created by political affiliation so that we may truly be a nation of equals through action, not just voice. We must remain dedicated and resolute that change will happen at this moment in history. We must embrace the idea that until all of us are free, none of us are free.
                                                            AT CALHOUN
OUR GOAL is to provide purposeful living solutions to persons who need assistance. The need may be long- term or short-term, medical care or day care.
Whatever the need, we can help.
• Long-term Skilled Nursing Home.
• 24-hour professional service to our residents.
• Short-term stays with rehab to home.
• Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy Services.
• Full Service Beauty Shop, Podiatry, and Dental services.
• Resident driven services.
• Activities, Music and Outings.
• Eden Alternative® Registered Community.
 1150 E. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014 (269) 962-5458
    Probate• Elder Law Estate Planning
   Erin L. Majka Phillip E. Harter
  395 S. Shore Drive, Suite 205 Battle Creek, MI 49014 (269) 963-3900

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