Grant helps hospice care patients fulfill dreams - June 24 2014

Ladies Benevolent Society awards more than $32,000 to 12 local nonprofits
OSHKOSH, WI - Adults in hospice care are now able to experience a lifelong goal, or see a wish granted as part of a new program in Oshkosh.

"Wishes Come True helps people accomplish something they would be unable to do on their own due to financial reasons or otherwise," says Patsy Beck, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for Affinity Visiting Nurses.

"We look at the person as a whole - their body, mind, and soul. This program fulfills patient's psychological needs by helping them achieve their final life goals, which they could not do on their own."

The Affinity Visiting Nurses Wishes Come True program is one of 14 requests supported by grants from the Ladies Benevolent Society: Advocates for Older Adults. LBS: AOA awarded more than $32,000 in aid to 12 local nonprofits.

Affinity Visiting Nurses provides hospice care to anyone who is medically eligible, regardless of their ability to pay. The organization relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and businesses for support.

"With the support of the $1,000 LBS: AOA grant, The Wishes Come True program will provide joy to not only patients, but their families too," Beck says.

"At Christmas time, one of our patients wanted to enjoy the Menominee Park Christmas lights one more time," Beck says. "We surprised her with a donated limo ride, big enough to fit her family and friends who could enjoy the ride as well. She was overjoyed."

Another granted wish involved a father who was unable to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding. "Our staff decided to help decorate and prepare the family's home for the wedding so that the patient could experience the joy of giving away his daughter," Beck says. "It was an honor to be a part of their special day."

The following nonprofits also received grants from LBS:AOA:

Alzheimer's Association of Greater Wisconsin: $1,000
Support for the Alzheimer's helpline connecting callers with support and education programs.

Bethel Foundation of Oshkosh, Inc.: $2,500
To provide hair care services to residents in need.

Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc.: $2,000
Support for elderly victims of domestic violence and outreach efforts in the community.

Clarity Care, Inc.: $5,000
Support for the Help At Home program, which provides adults with supportive home care so they can stay in their homes longer.

Evergreen Foundation, Inc.: $1,600
To purchase a special chair for residents who cannot use a traditional wheelchair or who are susceptible to pressure sores.

Evergreen Foundation, Inc.: $2,000
Employee training support through the LBS:AOA Scholarship Fund.

Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh, Inc.: $5,000
Support for the Namaste Care Program, which provides comfort and meaningful activities for individuals with severe and terminal dementia.

Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin & Upper MI: $3,000
Support for the Adult Day Center, which provides older adults with physical and cognitive impairments access to supportive services.

Mercy Health Foundation: $2,358
To purchase additional equipment for the Fitness for the Physically Challenged Program.

Oshkosh Public Library: $2,500
Support for the Outreach Home Delivery program.

Park View Health Center: $2,143
Support for sound and projection system upgrades the facility's Great Room.

Winnebago County Literacy Council: $2,000
Support for the One-on-One Tutoring program, which matches people age 55 or older with a tutor to help them improve their reading, writing and speaking skills.

Support for the Ladies Benevolent Society grants comes from the Ladies Benevolent Society: Advocates for Older Adults Fund, a field of interest fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. LBS:AOA grants focus on improving the health and well-being of older adults in the Oshkosh area.

For more information, contact Director of Programs Amy Putzer at 920-426-3993 or by email at Amy@OshkoshAreaCF.org

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive.

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