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Annual Fund Drive

Posted: Thu, 12/02/2021 - 8:11am

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Join us in supporting Evergreen Community!

In order to continue our mission to provide the best person-centered care possible to individuals living at Evergreen Community, regardless of their resources, we rely on the generosity of individuals like you. Your contributions help us enhance the lives of those we serve. Our promise to you is we will always ensure your financial support directly impacts individuals living at Evergreen through services and enhancements that contribute to a more meaningful life.

This year we are raising funds to purchase several items for the resident den. We are working on a makeover to include new décor, a large video phone, and a comfy chair. The den would serve as a place for the residents to have a quiet space to reflect and also for virtual family visits. We would also like to have towel warmers in each of the four neighborhood spas. In order to make all of this happen, we need to raise $10,000.

At Evergreen, we serve individuals 365 days a year in their home with dignity and respect. It is always a balancing act due to nominal Medicaid reimbursement rates and rising supply, equipment, and wage costs. The pandemic has made it particularly more difficult to provide exceptional life enhancement, which makes the Annual Fund Drive and Day of Giving even more important to the quality of life for those we serve.

Thank you for your generosity! Your dedicated support gives us confidence to continue on our path of person-centered care. Our mission depends on your willingness to sustain and advance our annual funding needs. We are truly appreciative of the kindness you have shown to the residents of Evergreen Community.

 

Festival of Trees 2021

Posted: Fri, 11/05/2021 - 2:22pm

Trees will be on display from November 29th through December 20th at Evergreen Community in Carol's Cheerful Corner. You may always view the trees online at:

www.one.bidpal.net/ecojctrees2021

Purchase tickets at the front desk of Evergreen Community or online:

1 Ticket - $2

3 Tickets - $5

6 Tickets - $10

*Winners will be drawn on Facebook Live on December 21st at 3:00pm*

All proceeds go directly to the Resident Activity Fund, impacting every resident at Evergreen Community.

Congratulations to Evergreen Community!

Posted: Tue, 09/07/2021 - 8:53am

Congratulations to our own Evergreen Community of Johnson County Horticulture Therapy for being awarded second place in the 2021 David Gibby Search For Excellence award. The David Gibby Search for Excellence award recognizes exemplary volunteer master gardener contributions throughout the United States, Canada and South Korea.  SFE has seven categories in which master gardener programs compete. Evergreen submitted their entry in the category of “Special Needs Audiences”.

Evergreen will be honored at this year's virtual IMGC conference in Norfolk. A 3-minute video highlighting the Evergreen program, starring Ann Harvey, Michael McDermott and the Evergreen residents will debut at the conference in September.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xOvubVnmuIY&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR02A9nUNFzvXnfVD-SRjwTrwHsJ8OBhqjGUb9vuIz7x8jmbyDkE4ERpChQ 

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Thank you! Wine Down 2021 was a Success!

Posted: Tue, 08/31/2021 - 2:01pm

Thank you just does not seem sufficient but thank you to everyone who helped make Wine Down for Evergreen 2021 a success.

We raised over $51,000 thanks to all the supporters!

We appreciate you!

#kindnessmatters

Wine Down 2021 Website is LIVE!

Posted: Thu, 04/01/2021 - 12:20pm

In 2020 we introduced Wine Down for Evergreen. We like, so many others, had to pivot our in-person event to a virtual one. We feel like it was still an enjoyable and successful event. This year we are hoping to be able to hold our in-person event on Saturday, August 28, 2021. Wine Down for Evergreen will be held at The Barn at Kill Creek Farm and will be a fun event with music, food trucks, and a silent auction. Please save the date! If you are interested in sponsoring or donating a silent auction item please contact BelindaV@gerti.org or call 913-477-8242.

Click HERE to find out more!

3/2021 Volunteer Newsletter

Posted: Mon, 03/15/2021 - 8:55am

Click the link below to read the Volunteer Newsletter

March 2021 Volunteer Newsletter

Know Your Options & Let Your Options Be Known - 3/24/2021

Posted: Fri, 02/19/2021 - 11:54am

Know Your Options and Let Your Options Be Known

Our expert panel will discuss options in senior health care, housing and long-term planning. Bring your questions about how to stay at home longer, pre-planning your future needs and how to make sure they are carried out as you wish.

March 24th 12:00PM-1:00PM on Zoom

Contact Machelle at Machelleg@ehc4u.org for more information.

Festival of Baskets - March 31, 2021

Posted: Fri, 02/19/2021 - 10:43am

Join us for the Evergreen Festival of Baskets. This will be similar to the Festival of Trees. We would love to have your donated, Easter-like baskets beginning March 1st.  They can be dropped off at the front desk at Evergreen. The most popular trees were lottery, Star Wars, favorite team, KC gear and adult beverage-themed.  Hopefully that helps you get your creative juices flowing. CLICK HERE to see baskets are visit the front desk starting March 12th. You can purchase tickets online and at the front desk starting 3/12. The drawing of the raffle tickets will take place March 31st at 4:30PM on Facebook Live. The winners will be notified.

Contact BelindaV@gerti.org or 913-477-8242 with questions.

Wine Down 2021 - SAVE THE DATE

Posted: Wed, 02/17/2021 - 10:50am

In 2020 we introduced Wine Down for Evergreen. We like, so many others, had to pivot our in-person event to a virtual one. We feel like it was still an enjoyable and successful event. This year we are hoping to be able to hold our in-person event on Saturday, August 28, 2021. Wine Down for Evergreen will be held at The Barn at Kill Creek Farm and will be a fun event with music, food trucks, and a silent auction. Please save the date! If you are interested in sponsoring or donating a silent auction item please contact BelindaV@gerti.org or call 913-477-8242.

 

Festival of Trees 2020

Posted: Thu, 11/12/2020 - 2:41pm

Festival of Trees is an Evergreen Tradition

THE 2020 FESTIVAL OF TREES HAS ENDED. With your help, we raised over $2,000!

ECOJC provides the small tree in either green or white and then supporters decorate them and donate them back to ECOJC. They will be on display online and you can purchase raffle tickets to get the opportunity to win your favorite tree.

 

Raffle will take place on 12/21/2020. 

 

Make sure to check out our Facebook Page!

 

Increasing and Protecting Your Emotional Well-Being

Posted: Fri, 11/06/2020 - 9:18am

Increasing and Protecting Your Emotional Well-Being

by Amanda Peters, LMSW

Brr! The cold weather is finally upon us. As an introvert, I love this weather – it helps me engage in all things “cozy” – fires, hot drinks, warm sweatshirts, heavy blankets, comfort foods. The Danish call it hygge, and considering their climate, I would consider them experts on all things hygge. But even someone like me can feel cooped up after several days of cold, cloudy, and dark. I guess there is such thing as too much of a good thing?

Many of us can do small things for our mental and physical health when the weather (or the pandemic) doesn’t allow us to engage in our normal activities. First, we need to adjust our expectations. If you are relying on a gym that had to shut down in the spring due to the pandemic, come up with an alternate plan in case it happens again. If you plan to walk your neighborhood every afternoon for fresh air, come up with a plan for days when it is too rainy or windy to spend time outside.

Here are a few small things you can do for your own physical or mental health:

Stock up on your favorite drinks, whether hot or cold: teas, coffee, seltzers, cider, hot chocolate, flavored water. Drinks without caffeine will keep you hydrated and be more interesting if you struggle otherwise to stay hydrated. There is a large selection of flavored teas at the grocery store – try a new one out!

Make books accessible: I can reread my favorite books, but I know people who couldn’t imagine rereading a book. If you don’t have stack available to you at home, make sure to get a card at your local public library. My 10 year old is a voracious reader and even though we stocked up on books at the library before the spring shutdown, she still was able to use her library account online in the following weeks to access ebooks. Public libraries give patrons access to online books through large eLibraries and oftentimes those libraries include magazines and audiobooks as well!

If you need something other than books: If you don’t like to read or want to do rest your eyes, try podcasts. Podcasts come in a variety of genres and can vary in length. Audiobooks, puzzles, movies, and television shows are good alternatives as well. Proceed with caution when watching television or movies – it is easy to watch endlessly if you don’t have other plans. Set a time limit or a show/movie limit when sitting down in front of the TV.

Get a light therapy lamp: if you have Seasonal Affective Disorder (technically called Major Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Trends) or just really struggle with darkness setting in each day around 5:00, you may already be familiar with light therapy lamps. These lights are available as cheap as about $25 on Amazon and give you an extra dose of sunlight. It can also help you get your days and nights on track if your sleep pattern is off track.

Get a pedometer or activity tracker and set a goal: Smartwatches and apps on phones are made for this very purpose. Sometimes you just need it for the reminder to get up and move!

Do something with your hands: I am not a person of many talents, but sometimes I get the urge to make something with my hands. Usually for me that means knitting. I have two projects that I’ve been working on for over a year and I don’t know if I will ever get them done, but I’m doing it! So I’ll sit there and knit two rows and dream of the big, beautiful projects I will have time to complete when I don’t have kids in my home anymore. You can also bake, crochet, paint, diamond paint (look it up!), color, clean, organize, write, or build.

Become a savvy communicator: Are you a little apprehensive about using Zoom or FaceTime? Online tutorials can be extremely helpful. Have a confident friend or family member show you the steps. Set up regularly scheduled group chats or online get-togethers with friends or family. If you want to go offline, stock up on cards, stationery, and stamps so that you can stay in touch with family and friends even if you abhor technology.

Soothe all your senses: If you find yourself becoming anxious, pay attention to all your senses and find a way to meet the needs of each one. Sight (dim the lights, open the curtains), smell (light a candle, start cooking a pleasantly aromatic food), touch (put on comfortable clothes, take a shower), hearing (turn on some soothing music, reduce noise pollution), taste (put a piece of chocolate in your mouth, cleanse your palette with some ice water).

These are just a few ideas to reduce stress and increase your emotional well-being. What have you used to increase your well-being?

 

Surviving Holiday Stress During a Pandemic - CEUs

Posted: Thu, 11/05/2020 - 2:41pm

Join us for a free CEU for

Social Workers, Nurses, Adult Care Home Administrators and Operators. 

This CEU will be presented via Zoom on Tuesday, November 17th 5:30-6:30pm

 

Email Machelle at machelleg@ehc4u.org or Katie at kaaronson@jkv.org to RSVP.

The holidays can be stressful even during the best of times, particularly for those in the health care profession. During our current situation, stress is magnified. Join us for a fun and interactive presentation on reducing and managing stress, so you can enjoy your holiday season.

Presenter, Belinda Vierthaler, LMSW, LACHA, started her career working with older adults in an in-patient psychiatric setting. Her passion for maintaining the highest quality of life for older adults has spanned her entire career, over the last 20 years. She is an advocate for individualized care, putting the person first, and empowering people.

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Tuesday of each month (no December CEU). We will be presenting a new, free CEU same time, same place.

Participants must be able to access Zoom. Video and audio are highly suggested because there will be opportunity for discussion.

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