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HAND in HAND The mission of H.A.N.D. is to provide exceptional, innovative care and support for those who need assistance with daily living, while inspiring others to do the same.

September 2013 Save Your Seat Today! Premiering: Thursday, October 24, 2013 Air Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Studio Location: Renaissance Austin, Glass Oaks Ballroom, 9721 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, Texas, 78759 Come join us as a sponsor to celebrate the life of Nivia Gonzalez, a nationally and internationally acclaimed artist, and also a client of H.A.N.D. Nivia credits her family for forging the creative energies within her. Her grandmother was an art teacher in Mexico, and her father was a natural storyteller. By the age of seven, Nivia was writing and illustrating poems. She is an awarded artist and her work has been shown in many galleries and museums. Sadly, her career came to a tragic halt after a car accident in 1997. Nivia continues to suffer from memory loss and limited mobility on her left side and requires assistance with daily tasks from a H.A.N.D. attendant, but with positive energy and support she has been able to remain independent in her own home. Nivia still paints in her light-filled studio, as she repeatedly tells herself, “You can beat this, you know you can.�

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Executive Director: Amy Temperley Exercise. Eat a balanced diet. Drink water. Stay social. We have heard the same advice for healthy living for hundreds of years. While these habits are important for overall wellbeing (and longevity), there is much more behind the curtain to ensure that your last couple of decades are also your best. Recently, USA today spotlighted Austin’s rising senior residents, stating that the Austin metro area has the nation’s fastest growing ‘pre-senior’ population (ages 55 to 65) and the second fastest for over 65’s. With Austin’s bustling music scene and universities, the town’s focus has shifted away from senior issues. One of the priorities at H.A.N.D. is to always keep an eye on the needs gaps for seniors and individuals with disabilities. USA Today outlines 5 ‘must-dos’ to ensure successful senior living, and here is how H.A.N.D. addresses these key areas:

Health care and costs

H.A.N.D. is committed to ensuring that everyone who needs home care is able to receive services regardless of income. We offer a sliding scale program for our services as well as charitable care for those who do not qualify for Medicaid but could never be able to afford fully private pay home care.

The Transportation Challenge

In the spring of 2013, we added a transportation program, H.A.N.D. Mobile, to provide rides to our clients and other individuals in the community, particularly to medical appointments.

Staying Engaged, Productive

With our recently developed volunteer program, we will not only be able to offer support and socialization for our clients in a new way, we will also be providing a mechanism for individuals in the community, including other seniors, to make a difference in their community.

Longer Lives Means Caregiving

1 in 4 adults is caring for a loved one. Every day, H.A.N.D. has the honor of providing personal care assistance that not only helps the individual in need but provides support to families juggling multiple responsibilities.

Senior-Friendly Housing

In order for individuals to “age in place” there must be a variety of housing options and levels of assistance to meet specialized care needs and desires. H.A.N.D. is investigating options for living that can be developed to meet the needs of the low to middle income population.

Board Highlight: Stacy Flores

Stacy Flores and members of the Austin Ridge Bible Church arranged a work day at a H.A.N.D. client home. Volunteers washed and walked dogs, trimmed hedges and repaired a broken fence. Thank you for your service!

Board of Directors

Dave Angelow, Nancy Crowther: Secretary, Joseph Fisher, Stacy Flores: Treasurer, Linda Ford: Vice-Chair, John Griffin: Board Chair, Mark Hanna, Amy Ybarra, Samantha Young

We’re All About Collaborations... English At Work H.A.N.D. is excited to be partnering with English at Work and United Way for Greater Austin to develop and deliver English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for our personal care attendants who are primarily Spanish Speaking. Through a new grant from Bank of America, H.A.N.D is collaborating with the above partners to design a curriculum that includes vocabulary specific to the Personal Care Attendant Role, as well as a comprehensive financial literacy component. The classes are designed to help employees increase their English proficiency to a level that they are able to work with English speaking clients, and thus increase their income potential. The financial literacy component will educate our employees on how to open a bank account and other financial resources can help them keep more of their hard-earned money. Classes are anticipated to begin in early October, delivered onsite at H.A.N.D. The English at Work classes are an offering through Aspire: A Partnership for Employee Excellence, a new organizational development program at H.A.N.D.

Austin Diaper Bank H.A.N.D. has long assisted its clients who may be having financial difficulty meeting their basic needs. One of those regular (and very costly) needs is that of incontinent supplies such as briefs or pads. Having these crucial supplies can not only help a client stay clean, dry, and more comfortable but also prevent problems like bedsores. A recent new partnership is helping us to ensure that all of our clients are able to obtain the supplies they need. The Austin Diaper Bank is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing diapers to Austin families in need to strengthen the community as a whole. Austinites young and old need a clean, reliable supply of products for a healthy and comfortable quality of life! With adult incontinent briefs costing as much as $65 a pack, this new relationship is crucial to our clients who often financially struggle to make ends meet.

The VISTA Experience Sitting in the conference room across from Deidre, our Development Director, I listened as she described the Development and Communications Americorps VISTA position and I knew immediately that this opportunity with H.A.N.D. was not only a perfect fit, but a dream come true for me professionally. Particularly in this economic climate, it can be extremely difficult if not impossible for recent college grads to launch a career in their field of study. I and the two other VISTAS work on development and communications, volunteer coordination and workforce development, respectively. Our collaborations are met with enthusiasm, energy and creativity. So far I have developed a comprehensive social media campaign, written grant appeals, attended networking meetings, helped plan a 3rd party event along with numerous other projects—and it’s only been a month! Thanks to H.A.N.D. I am not only beginning what I’m sure will be a long career in non-profit work but I am fulfilling VISTA’s mission of “fighting poverty with passion.”

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“The best part of being an attendant is helping my family.” We’re lucky to have such a dedicated and compassionate staff!

September newsletter 2013