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January 21, 2019

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Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio

PrimeTimers luncheon Nov. 6

A Thanksgiving menu will be featured at the Tuesday, Nov. 6, PrimeTimers Luncheon at St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora, beginning at noon. 

Those attending will enjoy roast turkey with gravy, dressing, green bean casserole, cranberry salad, rolls and apple crisp with cinnamon ice cream. Trumpeter Lynn Lukehart will provide musical entertainment.

National honor for Joanne Niswander

One of 10 selected for gifts that elders contribute to their communities

Joanne Niswander, Maple Crest Senior Living Village, Bluffton, has been selected as one of 10 individuals to be featured in an exhibit at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO, Oct. 28-31 in Philadelphia. 

“Words of Wisdom” is part of a Public Ageism display located at the Philadelphia City Hall courtyard.  The exhibit will be up for the duration of the conference and is designed to educate the people of Philadelphia about the amazing gifts our elders contribute to their communities. 

Hilty Home, Pandora, fall bazaar Nov. 9-10

Hilty Home will hold its annual Fall Bazaar on Friday, November 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10.  The bazaar will take place inside the home, 314 Hilty Drive, Pandora.  Friday’s hours are 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and the bazaar will run Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

According to Dee Steffen, activities coordinator, the event will feature crafts and baked goods for sale, along with homemade soup and sandwiches.  Proceeds from the bazaar will help fund activities for the elders at Hilty Home.  For more information, call 419-384-3218.

Rewarding volunteer opportunity waiting to happen

MHCO seeking to add drivers to its group of medical transport volunteers

If you are 21 or older and like to drive, Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio has a rewarding volunteer opportunity for you. 

MHCO is seeking to add drivers to its group of medical transport volunteers. The time commitment is flexible, and driving is only for medical transports. Trips are made Monday through Friday and are typically from Bluffton to the Findlay/Lima area. 

According to Jessica Strahm, volunteer coordinator, MHCO provides well-maintained small buses and a mini-van for the transport of its elders who use scooters or are in wheelchairs. 

PrimeTimers will meet Oct. 2

PrimeTimers luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 2, beginning at noon at St. John Mennonite Church, 15988 Road 4, Pandora.  PrimeTimers is a monthly gathering for those 55+ and includes a free lunch, fellowship and entertainment.  ACE Basketball will be featured.

This month’s menu includes: Mixed green salad with maple dressing, cranberry apple stuffed chicken, mashed potatoes, buttered corn, dinner rolls, pumpkin crisp and coffee.  There is no charge for the meal, but donations are accepted.

The family volunteer experience

Lewandowski family has unique peerspective of aging and nursing homes

Lewandoskis Benefit from Family Volunteer Experience

According to the website for Kids Giving Back, volunteering is a two-way street, giving children and their families an opportunity to change lives, including their own. 

Because of the Mennonite Home Community of Ohio’s volunteer program, Bluffton’s Lewandowski family has been given a new view of aging and nursing homes.