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Serving Pflugerville, Round Rock and North Austin

Winter 2014 Scheduling Rides Clients, please remember that your rides must be scheduled at least one week in advance of when you need the service. You may call between 9:00 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday to schedule a ride. Messages left in the afternoon or on weekends are returned on the next working day. Thank You!!

Save the Date! 10th Annual “Swinging for Seniors” Golf Tournament April 10th

Mornings with Karl Karl Westermann, 93, a Drive a Senior client since 2007, is visited every Wednesday by Mike Scott, a volunteer over 20 years his junior. Despite the age difference, Karl and Mike have many similarities. Both are retired Navy men and scientists, who have a passion for improving their communities through service, art, and invention. Karl believes: “When there’s a need, there can be invention. Without a need, there can never be anything invented.”

The necessity of Drive a Senior sprung from just such a need in 1985 and Karl is a prime example of the local seniors who use our services. He needs minimal assistance to maintain his happy and healthy independence. Karl lives alone in the Round Rock residence he built himself, full of history, creativity and invention. Not only does Mike offer Karl steady companionship, he provides free transportation to medical appointments and help with paperwork.

Mike is quick to clarify, however, that he receives more out of the arrangement than Karl. This morning’s visit alone was filled with so many interesting stories and laughter, it is difficult to judge who receives more from this destined friendship. Mike was introduced to Drive a Senior through the Highpoint Fellowship and fellow volunteer Mike Strong. “I am extremely happy with Drive a Senior and I’m very honored to be an active member of this organization.” To learn more about Mike & Karl, view their complete interview at:

Win 2 Southwest Airlines Tickets! ($800 value) Karl For more information call Drive a Senior 512-310-1060

and Mike

THANK YOU SO MUCH for attending and donating to the annual Christmas Choral Concert. Over $38,000 was raised to support our mission to help our senior neighbors.

The 19th Annual Christmas Concert held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church on December 15 was another huge success. Special thanks to Father Michael O’Connor, staff and parishioners for their hospitality and to Susan Leach for organizing and directing the combined choirs. The picture above shows the combined choirs singing the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Title Sponsor:

Jim and Linda Dufner

St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center

Sylvain, Serita & Danielle Lacasse

Corporate Sponsors:

Nancy Ledbetter & Associates

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center

Eye Associates of Central Texas

Scott & White Healthcare Round Rock

First Texas Bank

Chorus Sponsor Level:

Hagood Engineering Associates

Beth Martin

Beck Funeral Home

Heavenly Care

McLeod Animal Clinic

St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center Volunteers

Lowenberg Group

Round Rock Animal Clinic

Choir Sponsor Level:

McNery & Voelkner, P. C.

Richard and Linda Russell

Ace Taxi

Action Pawn

Ron Morrison

Baris Pizza

R Bank

Nurses Unlimited Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce

Quick Pharmacy -- Bob & Debbie McGahey

Progressive Waste Solutions

Insurapointe of Texas-- Jeff Gaddis

Reavis Rehab & Wellness Center

Greater Round Rock Community Foundation

Robnett and Company Rock Chiropractic The Cottages at Chandler Creek The Growth Coach of Austin

Ensemble Sponsor Level:

Wag A Bag

Pat and David Alex -- In memory of Harvey Alex

Wyoming Springs Assisted Living

American Medical Equipment

Solo Sponsors:

Assisted Living at Tallwood

Constable Adan Ballesteros

Randy and Linda Bolding BrightStar Patricia L. Brown & Associates

Dr. Macaluso, DDS

Herb & Cora Jones

Sam & Janiece Taffinder

Kent & Jill Toomey

Austin Family

Doug and Shirley Laws

Kevin & Julia Ruiz

EVS Metal The Crossley Family

Ken & Patricia Kohl

Harold and Nancy Kind

Chisholm Trail Financial Group

McCrea & Gregory Family Trust

Leigh and Betty Jane Holt

Becky Boyer Edward Jones Financial-- Ginyier Fiedls E & T Automotive

Scott Coburn

Jim and Shirley Gregory

David Conrad

Janelle Hebbe

Drive a Senior was awarded $14,750 to move “Ollie’s Loan Closet” to our office location. This capital grant will be used to purchase a portable building to store used medical equipment which is loaned out to the community at no charge. The funding will allow us to purchase used medical equipment such as transfer tub benches, rolling walkers and wheelchairs. For the past 20 years, Ollie Leppin, a dedicated volunteer, has operated this program on behalf of Drive a Senior at his home. To honor his dedication, we plan to name this new building “Ollie’s Closet.” The St. David’s Foundation also awarded Drive a Senior, $22,000 so we can expand and grow our Van Program. The funding will allow us to hire a part-time van driver to coordinate and expand the van services to our seniors. In 2013, we provided over 1200 van rides to area seniors, and this grant will help Drive a Senior provide services to more of our area seniors. The funding from St. David’s Foundation helps our organization meet the growing needs of the community. We are very grateful for their support. For more information on the St. David’s Foundation, go to

Medical Equipment Donations Needed: We get over 200 calls a month from social workers, clients and people in the community looking for medical equipment to borrow. When you are Spring Cleaning, please donate unwanted medical equipment to Drive a Senior. We are in need of Wheel Chairs, Transfer Tub Benches , Bath Benches and Walkers.

We can pick these up or you can deliver to our office at 2498 E. Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.

We appreciate the support of these community partners:

Congregation Sponsor Individual


Individual Charles and Joyce Sablatura

Immanual Lutheran Church

Alva Calvin

Janice Jones

Pflugerville Community Church

Scott Campbell

Michel Keller

First Baptist Church Pflugerville

Mary Carothers

Sam and Leslie King

First Baptist Church Round Rock

Hector Carranza

Terry Kirkus

Grace Lutheran Church

Lynn Cervini

Bethny and Matthew Klepac Bonnie Schwalje

Grace Presbyterian

Rilla Chaka

Anna Kudlac

Emil Sefcik

One Way Baptist

Tilda Chavez

Benito and Ruth Leal

Maria Silba

Mong Chew

Bob and Peggy Lipsey

Mary Sims

Emma Clawson

Annette Lovett

Edna Slocum

Ralph and Flo Cockran

Richard Mackey

Forence Smith

Marie Cocke

Celida Madariage

Jamie Steck

Jeff and Kay Comp

Mary Magnuson

Nandini Suma

Carol Cook

Lila Marek

Darlene Svendsen

City of Pflugerville

Jim Cowan

Sam Mathew

Christine Swanteson

City of Round Rock

Jean Cox

Roy Mendoz

Patricia Swanzy

Foundations/ Business

Arthusia Currie

Juanita Moon

Richard and Phyllis Dahike

Phillip Moreno

Sam and Janice Taffinder

Patsy Dedic

Elizabeth Morgan

Bob and Sharon Tanner

Adela DeJesus

Lois Morris

Jo Taratino

Alicia Delacruz

Dwain and Colleen Moss

Mark Teel

Karen Donaldson

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Richter

Mary Tepera

Palm Valley Lutheran Church Round Rock Christian Church First United Methodist Men Pflugerville First United Methodist Issues Class

Municipal Donors

Pacific Life Heath Angels St. David’s Foundation United Way of Williamson County Blackbaud Hydroclean

Individual Donors

Dr. and Mrs. Paul Wilson,Jr. Carl and Molly Nicholls Paul Dyba Scott and Christine Nicolet

Alan and Mary Sagen David and Lula Schuler

John and Cindy Theodore Celeste Thompson

Minie Elmore

Charles and Joyce Nunn

Ruby Aduddell

Janice Ferradino

Appolonia Okereke

Brian and Melonie Tolman

Lovinah Alozie

Darrell and Alma Fox

Johnny and Velma Pace

Rene Truan

Ramona Gandelman

Mary Palmer

Fernando Villegas

Rita Garner

Dan Parker

Shirley Walker

Erin Gibbs

Sherry Payne

Pauline Wallin

Elizabeth Gilbert

Wilma Peterson

Karl Westermann

Helen Grazioli

UT Van and An Pham

Nina Willams

Brock and Mary Green

Kimberly Pillsbury

Joanie Witt-Farley

Colleen Gresham

Tobie Pinder

Mark Wood

John Guiling

Marcella Ragan

Gail Hammett

Ned and Aggie Rasmussen

Beverly and Wayne Wright

Dianne Beever

Desmond and Ingelore Hanham

Carolyn Reinholdt

Sue Blackburn

Don and Terri Hanrahan

Margaret Anderson Suvir and Indu Arora Ed Bailey Jackie Balsam Reginald Banks Kenneth Bard Coleman Barnett Sharon Bartz Tom and Donna Bayer

Opal Blakley Randy and Linda Bolding Becky Boyer

Virgil and Jeraline Hardin Susan Henize Gina and Don Hoyt David Immenhauser Dorothy Indiano

Donna Reynolds Barbara Rick Kathy Roalson Don and Edie Robertson Juana Rodriguez Georgia Rogers

Patricia Young Eduardo Zamora June Zivley

2013 Successes In 2013, we changed our Name to Drive a Senior! We believe the new name will help the community better understand what we do and who we serve. 2013 was a record-breaking year for Drive a Senior! 24% increase in rides provided from 2012 to 2013 688 clients served 163 new clients added 8,527 rides provided 1200+ van rides 748 home visits provided to isolated homebound seniors 497 reassurance calls made to homebound seniors Volunteer Recruiter hired to keep up with the increased need for new volunteers 3 successful fundraisers: 9th Annual Golf Tournament, Wine Tasting and Christmas Choral Concert 88 new volunteers recruited

CLIENT/VOLUNTEER SURVEY RESULTS We asked our volunteers and clients how our services were working for them. Here were their encouraging responses: How often do you volunteer with Drive a Senior?

Why do you volunteer for Drive a Senior?

30.77% --once a week

I enjoy helping others & making a difference in another person--61.29%

20.19% -- 2-3 times a month

Enjoy spending time with seniors -- 20.00%

20.19% -- 1-6 times per year

It gets me out of the house & doing something productive -- 12.26%

12.50% -- once a month

Want the experience for my kids -- 3.23%

7.69%-- less than 6 times per year

Other -- 3.23%

Attention Volunteers: New Login Procedures for Assisted Rides To protect our confidential client and volunteer information, there is a new login procedures for our Assisted Rides Program: 1) The first time you login to Assisted Rides through the Pending Rides Report email, go directly to the Change Password box. If you are not receiving the Pending Rides Report emails and would like to, email us a 2) Log into Assisted Rides by filling in your user ID in both the “User ID” and “Passwords” fields. If you do not know your user ID, please call us at 512-310-1060. 3) Type in a new password of your choice twice. After you hit “Submit”, you will see a “Password Successfully Changed” notice. Click “OK.” 4) Go Back to the Assisted Rides screen and use your user ID and your new password to sign in. Check the “Remember Me” box to login automatically when you launch Assisted Rides in the future. Please note: after sign in, the system should go directly to the 50-Volunteer Report”. If the report does not open automatically, click the down arrow beside the selection box and choose the “50 Report” and click “Go”. We appreciate your diligence in protecting our clients’ information while volunteering for Drive a Senior!

Drive a Senior Van Service Drive a Senior is reorganizing and expanding our Van Excursion Service. Beginning March 1, 2014, Pflugerville and Round Rock Seniors can sign up for van pick-up Monday through Friday to visit local HEB and Walmart Stores. We will also have trips to Sprouts, Whole Foods, Sam’s Club and the Round Rock Outlet Mall. Trips will start later in the day and have extended shopping times. Here’s the weekly schedule: 

Mondays -- HEB, Round Rock (Hwy. 79)

Tuesdays -- Walmart, Round Rock (Hwy. 79)

Wednesdays -- HEB, Pflugerville (Hwy. 685 & Pecan)

Thursdays -- Walmart, Pflugerville

Fridays -- on a rotating basis: Sprouts, Whole Foods, Sam’s Club, Outlet Mall.

The Rides will begin at noon and will last 2 hours. There is no restriction on the number of times you may travel during the week. The final calendar will be printed and mailed to all our clients during February. Contact our offices at 512310-1060 to sign up for this service.

St. John Vianney Catholic Church

Grace Lutheran Church and St. Williams Catholic Church

Palm Valley Lutheran Church

Round Rock Christian Church

Faith Baptist Church

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church

Round Rock Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Musicale from McNeil High School

St. Richard’s Episcopal Church

Keeping Seniors Independent Alexander and Joycelyn DeCoux moved to Pflugerville from Louisiana when their life changed in June 2013 after he suffered a massive stroke. He had driven a car for 73 years and never had to depend on anyone. His daughter was helping them, but she lives out of town and needed help driving her parents to and from all their appointments. After contacting Drive a Senior and going through the client assessment they learned they were qualified for services and that we would assist them immediately. Since Alexander is a veteran we have driven them numerous times to the VA Hospital as well as taken Joycelyn to her various doctor’s appointments. Of course, they need food too, so Joycelyn also takes advantage of the van rides we provide to HEB and Walmart. Our commitment to helping them maintain their independence continues. They have indicated that without Drive a Senior they don’t know what they would do. They have made wonderful friends with our volunteers and have enjoyed the time with the other seniors on the van rides. The various volunteers that have driven Alexander and Joycelyn love them and can’t wait to drive them again. Keeping seniors independent is our mission. Helping to make the lives of our senior neighbors easier by providing rides to various places is a win-win for everyone!

Presents Powerful Tools for Caregivers A series of classes for relatives or friends providing unpaid care for a senior WHEN: Tuesday Evening 18 March– 22 April 6:30– 8:00 p.m. LOCATION: First United Methodist Church 500 E. Pecan, Pflugerville, Texas Room 104 To Register, Call: Emmett Eary at 512-251-2145

Are you feeling stressed in your role as a caregiver? Having trouble setting aside time to take care of you? Feel like no one really understands? JOIN US! ____________________________________ * Six weekly classes * * * *

Dynamic and fun small group format No cost for participation Proven effective at reducing stress Led by trained facilitators

Drive a Senior Newsletter Winter 2014  

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