Subaru Share the Love Event

December 7, 2022

 

As part of a national partnership with Meals on Wheels America, Subaru of America, Inc. will donate $250 for every new vehicle purchased or leased to the purchaser’s choice of participating charities – one of which is Meals on Wheels – from November 17, 2022, through January 3, 2023. Since the Subaru Share the Love Event began in 2008, Subaru and its participating retailers have donated nearly 4 million meals and helped provide friendly visits to seniors being served by local Meals on Wheels programs across the country. For more information, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/sharethelove.

#MealsOnWheels #ShareTheLove

Medicare Open Enrollment

November 9, 2022

Medicare Open Enrollment for 2023 health care and prescription drug plan runs October 15 through December 7. This is your one opportunity to join, switch, or drop a plan! Connect with a free, local SHICK counselor for help navigating Medicare Open Enrollment. Call 1-800-860-5260. #medicareopenenrollment

Resource Fair

November 8, 2022

Resource Fair – Saturday, November 19, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Hiawatha High School.

Free coats, hats and gloves for children. Receive a free turkey. Free COVID booster and flu shots. Kansas Gas will be assisting with LIEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program). Community resource agencies will be on site to provide assistance to families

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7th Annual Sabetha Give to Grow Match Days

November 3, 2022

Each fall, the Greater Sabetha Community Foundation holds its annual Give to Grow Match Day. Give to Grow Match Days will start on Friday, November 18, 2022 and continues through Monday, November 21, 2022.

Please support our seniors in Sabetha that are 60 and above. Northeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging (NE Kansas Area Agency on Aging) is grateful to support the Sabetha Community and provide aging and disability services.

Here’s how it works: During November 18, 2022 and November 21, 2022, donors will have the opportunity to mail in their donation prior or during the week of giving. Donation forms will be available online at www.givetogrowday.com and in area businesses. Donors will select which organization fund to support. 100% of their donation will go to the organization’s GSCF fund. All donations will receive the prorated match, up to a maximum of $5,000 per charitable organization per donor. There isn’t a minimum donation amount.

Ways to give: Friday Walk-in donations are accepted from 7:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. at the Creative Farmhouse, 918 Main Street, Sabetha, KS 66534, give virtually at www.givetogrowday.com or mail Donations to GSCF, PO Box 111, Sabetha, KS 66534. Drop off donations at these locations: Country Mart, Buzz Cafe, Community National Bank, Lukert Chiropractic, Morrill Bank, Simpson Chiropractic, United Bank.

Sabetha Seniors age 60 and above please consider donating to our agency.

Donation forms will be available online and in area businesses. On donation form we are listed under Basic Human Needs and Healthcare as NE Kansas Area Agency on Aging.

Need A Ride? No Fares November

October 31, 2022

In this ‘No Fares November,’ Northeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging and Communities Organizing to Promote Equity are teaming together to provide free rides to all Brown and Jackson County local residents. Transportation is a ‘first come, first serve’ basis.

For a ride you can call NEKAAA General Public Transportation at 785-742-7153.

Starting July 16 Kansans Can Call 9-8-8 During Metal Health and Substance Abuse Emergencies

July 15, 2022

Today, Governor Laura Kelly ceremonially signed Senate Bill 19, bipartisan legislation that launches 9-8-8 as the official 24/7 three-digit dialing code for the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Beginning Saturday, July 16, Kansans and all Americans can call 9-8-8 during mental health and substance abuse emergencies. Governor Kelly joined Sedgwick County Commissioners, legislators, and local advocates for the celebration at the Sedgwick County Courthouse.

“With 9-8-8, we are on the path to reversing our country’s mental health crisis and getting Kansans the help they need,” Governor Kelly said. “Just as every American knows to call 9-1-1 in times of emergency, every American – and every Kansan – will soon know to call 9-8-8 when they or a loved one is facing a mental health or substance abuse crisis.”

Governor Kelly announced in January of this year that the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) received the Lifeline’s 9-8-8 State Planning Grant through the nonprofit Vibrant Emotional Health to develop plans to build the infrastructure for and grow access to the Lifeline’s new three-digit 9-8-8 number. Governor Kelly signed SB 19 in June so that going forward, each July 1 $10 million in state general funds will be appropriated to fund 9-8-8 with no access fee for Kansans.

The new “9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline” will connect callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and offer a broader range of services for people experiencing a mental health crisis or substance use crisis. Callers will be connected to resources in their local community and to in-person crisis services where available. Kansans who dial 9-8-8 will be routed to a local crisis specialist trained to address unique concerns and needs, which may include assessment, stabilization, referral, and follow-up.

“Kansas is the 14th state to fund 9-8-8 through legislation and we are excited for the national launch of 9-8-8,” KDADS Behavioral Health Services Commissioner Andrew Brown said. “KDADS has been working throughout the Kelly Administration to increase the infrastructure in Kansas for suicide prevention and crisis intervention in preparation for 9-8-8. This will be the first of several milestones that will help Kansans experiencing a crisis get improved access to the help they need during a crisis.”

KDADS partnered with the Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ, Johnson County Mental Health, COMCARE of Sedgwick County, HealthSource Information Solutions, and TBD Solutions LLC, to develop clear roadmaps to address coordination, capacity, funding, and communications surrounding the launch of 9-8-8 and collaborated with state leadership, suicide prevention experts, people with lived experience, and others to create a 9-8-8 implementation plan and support the Lifeline’s operational, clinical, and performance standards that allow access to care.

Individuals will still be able to access the 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) after the July 16 implementation of 9-8-8. The current Lifeline and 9-8-8 will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via call, text, or chat. All phone service providers are required to connect callers who dial 9-8-8 to the Lifeline.

Older Americans Act Celebrating 50 Years!

May 4, 2022
The Older Americans Act (OAA) established the Administration on Aging, the first federal agency designed to address the struggles of older Americans. This year, the OAA is celebrating their 50th Anniversary, their theme for Older Americans Month (OAM) 2022 is “Age My Way.” This special recognition provides an opportunity for all of us to explore the many ways older adults can remain in and be involved with their communities. The OAA funds critical services that keep our nation’s seniors healthy and independent services like meals, job training, senior centers, health promotion, benefits enrollment, caregiver support, transportation, and more.
Take part in OAM no matter what your age. Get involved and learn more by visiting https://acl.gov/oam/2022/older-americans-month-2022 or follow #OlderAmericansMonth.