Thank you for investing in care for seniors this year. As we continue to advocate for older people in Arkansas, we rely on your support more than ever as the need is continuing to grow despite stagnant funding. 10,000 people are turning 65 in the United States every day and Arkansas still ranks worst in the nation for hunger among seniors.
This year has had its ups and downs. So far, we have raised over $18,000 towards a new freezer truck and received a 2018 Subaru Outback for our Meals on Wheels program but had to institute our first waiting list for meals in over a decade. Looking forward, Carelink plans in 2018 to:
- Attempt to raise an additional $175,000 for Meals on Wheels in order to eliminate our waiting list
- Expand our reach through increased events
- Continue striving to meet the needs of seniors through new programs like Urgent Needs
We are so thankful for you loyal support and trust in us. Thank you for all you do for seniors in central Arkansas.
Older people want to remain living in their own home, maintain their independence, and stay connected to their community. Last year we helped with:
Meals on Wheels: 699,269 meals made in our kitchen and delivered by volunteers and staff. [Arkansas ranks #1 in the nation for senior hunger]
Homecare & Respite: 488,566 hours of care provided in the homes of older people.
Counseling, Info & Assistance: 14,450 contacts served through programs and counseling.
Senior Companion: our group of senior volunteers provided 25,201 hours of care to older people in need.
Transportation: 61,823 group rides provided.
Urgent Needs: we provided safety equipment and installation as well as home improvements including air conditioning units, furniture, emergency groceries, appliances and assistance with utilities.
Along with 38 years of other impactful programs:
- Pace Program
- Assistive Devices
- Senior center activities
- Health promotion
- Senior employment
- Telephone check-in
- Care coordination
- Emergency response buttons
- Client representation
- Medicare assessments
- Legal assistance