Revised; April 5,
Chair: Craig Packard
Jersey Shore Lodge No. 1057 (SC)
PO Box 842
Jersey Shore PA 17740
Vice Chair East: Mark Hutson, East Stroudsburg Lodge No. 319 (NE)
Craig Packard, Jersey Shore Lodge No. 1057 (NC)
Steven L Wallace, Bangor Lodge No. 1106 (NE)
William Dickerson, Bloomsburg Lodge
No. 436 (NEC)
Gerald A Kufrovich, Mahanoy City Lodge No. 695 (NEC)
Donald A Carr, Ridgway Lodge No. 872 (NW)
Arthur Arnold, Lancaster Lodge No.134 (SC)
Steven W Kempff, Bristol Lodge No. 970 (SE)
Brenda Shepperd, Norristown Lodge No. 714 (SE)
Mark ‘Sam’ McCullough, Waynesburg Lodge No. 757 (SW)
Rochester Lodge No. 283 (W)
Terry Liersaph, Cranberry Lodge No. 2249 (W)
Deborah Davidson, Indiana Lodge No. 931 (WC)
Orla Nasoni, Reynoldsville Lodge No. 519 (WC)
you see one of the
you'll know that another resident in your community is receiving services
through the generosity of the members of
PA Elks Home Service Website: http://www.paelkshomeservice.org/
Our 2015 – 2016 Honored Child of the Year is Ashlynn Wees. Ashlynn is six years old and lives with her parents Kristi and Kevin Wees, and big brother Brandon, in Gibsonia, PA. She attends Kindergarten in the Pine Richland School District. Ashlynn has struggled with health and developmental challenges which have puzzled doctors and specialists. Currently, her doctors suspect these challenges to be caused by mitochondrial disease. At times, Ashlynn has experienced severe neurological, gastrointestinal and behavioral reactions to various food and environmental exposures. Through a caring team of physicians, dedicated parents, and a lot of prayers and healing, Ashlynn is overcoming these challenges each day.
Despite these everyday challenges, Ashlynn loves to ice skate and dance at Tammy’s Dance Studio in Wexford. She loves to dress up in anything pink, sparkly or that makes her feel like a princess. Ashlynn and her family receive home visits from the PA Elks Home Service Program by Margaret Joseph, RN. She has helped the Wees family connect with community resources for connecting with other parents. This was especially important to them since they moved to Pennsylvania from Texas two years ago. In addition, when Ashlynn started Kindergarten, the Elks Home Service Program provided research and information on the process to provide a safe school environment that has allowed Ashlynn to flourish.
Ashlynn and her family are excited to meet everyone at the PA Elks Spring Convention and look forward to continue to spread awareness about the Elks Program and mitochondrial disease.
The Outstanding Partner in Service Award from Community Care Connections
presented to our Home Service Program on November 7, 2013
Pictured left to right are: Ricki Hood, Elks Home Service Nurse, Margie Wood, Special Projects Director, Pat O'Connor, Program Director,
Paul LaFayette, Chairman Major Projects Board of Directors, Pat Brennen, Executive Director, Community Care Connections
and Terry Liersaph, Home Service co-chairman, West District
HOME SERVICE NEWS
The Home Service program has received two new awards in recognition of the great work the staff has been doing! On March 25th, we were honored as a finalist at the Healthcare Heroes Award Ceremony in Harrisburg.
On March 31st, we received an Exemplary Community Partner Award at the 3rd Annual ACTION Health Awards and Community Recognition Banquet. The nurses were recognized for contributing to the health and well being of the residents of a five county area of central PA.
Your donations to Home Service allow us to continue to do the work that is being recognized all over Pennsylvania as so important to children and adults with live with a disability every day. Because of you, they can live more independent and fulfilling lives – THANK YOU!!!
ONCE AGAIN PA ELKS CARE and PA ELKS SHARE
Pennsylvania Elks Care - Pennsylvania Elks Share!
Since 1963, the Pennsylvania Elks Home Service program has been helping to improve the quality of life for thousands of children and adults throughout Pennsylvania. Read on to learn more about the program and how to make a referral…..
Services are provided:
· By a Nurse and/or Medical Case Coordinator
· In the person’s home environment
· Without discrimination
· FREE of charge
Who is eligible to receive services?
· An individual of any age who has a developmental disability (a disability that is manifested before the age of 22)
· A child or adult with physical or mental delays or a combination of both
· Services can continue throughout a person’s lifetime, if needed
How are referrals made?
· By a friend or concerned Elk
· By a health care professional
· By school personnel
· By community and human service agencies
· By a family member
***Permission must first be obtained from the individual or family
When a referral is made:
· A visit is made to the home for an intake and initial assessment. The needs of the family and environment are noted at this time
· After discussing the needs with the individual or family, we help to determine the appropriate referrals for services
· When referrals are made, we can assist with follow-up. Home visits are then made on an as needed basis.
The program is primarily
funded by donations from the 110 Elks lodges in
The target population of the Elks Home
Service Program is any resident of
Receptive and expressive language
Capacity for independent living
Physical things --- everyday events --- that so many of us take for granted, can be great victories for those individuals facing these challenges. Just learning how to feed themselves a single bite of food can be a satisfying accomplishment. For one of our clients to just stand up, or even simply flash a brief smile, can bring him or her a real sense of pride. We who are able-bodied are obligated morally to give our fellow human beings whatever we can to allow them to experience just one of the everyday activities we enjoy; a drink of water without spilling it; writing their own name legibly; taking a step without faltering. It isn't pity they need, just some help and understanding; the hope that one compassionate human being can give to another.
Unfortunately, as enlightened and informed as today's society is, many of us do not care about anything but our own little world. We are unaware of the challenges that many persons with developmental disabilities face. Many people "fall through the cracks" of today's social service system and have no one to help them. These are the people who benefit most from the Pennsylvania Elks Home Service Program. A group of highly-dedicated Registered Nurses and staff who constantly search for new ways to help their clients become more independent and contributing members of their communities. These efforts have allowed many persons to establish a viable communication with loved ones and friends. In some cases our clients have gained employment to become contributors to the world in which they live. This is not charity, but merely a hand to people who can -- and will -- help themselves.
While you read this, the world's doctors
and scientists are looking diligently for ways to prevent or cure these
disabilities. However today's bureaucratic red tape usually requires a lawyer's
mind when it comes to obtaining the assistance the Elks clients need to become
as independent as possible. The knowledge, skill and compassion needed to do
this job right are all traits the 26
The clients in the Elks Home Service
Program pay NOTHING AT ALL for this in-home consultation service that is
primarily financed by the 110
Today, our more compassionate society views many things in a different light, and more individuals with disabilities are becoming involved in the communities where they live. The Pennsylvania Elks Home Service staff have no cure, no magic waters, no cute little treatments; just a little bit of hope. They can provide a chance for independence for the people who need it most, and thus give them a chance to enjoy simple everyday life.
The Pennsylvania Elks Home Service visitor is usually called in when someone is a few dollars over the cutoff point for government help. A referral can be made when a dedicated mother finds her life dominated by a child's developmental needs, or when our fast-paced, "bottom line" society allows a person to "slip" through the cracks. It is here, at the point where other programs end, that the Pennsylvania Elks Home Service Program truly BEGINS. You see, our staff doesn’t have to obey edicts made by people who enjoy good health and income, nor do we have to worry about our clients being a dollar ABOVE or BELOW a certain income. Because of this, the Pennsylvania Elks Home Service visitors are able to devote all of their energies into helping their clients. They have sat at a hospital waiting for a client who has no other family, and they have located apartments for young adults who merely want a life of their own on their own. By being totally unencumbered by the rigidity of rules made by those who have no knowledge of the problems, the Pennsylvania Elks staff has a flexibility that allows them to give the individual client maximum attention.
Beyond the obvious medical assistance, it's at that point when no one else steps forward that the Pennsylvania Elks Home Service visitor really shines. She CAN -- and she WILL stand up for the rights of a child or adult with a disability. The Elks want them to have the best education possible; to live independently; to travel and to fully enjoy ALL the privileges and rights that all citizens are entitled to. We can do this because our staff is not hampered by special interests or the will of ambitious and unscrupulous people. None of the members of the Pennsylvania Elks Major Projects Board of Directors is paid a penny, and this means that the Elks Home Service Program is one program where EVERY PENNY given is used as it was intended --- to help our clients in YOUR community!
All administrative expenses are provided
for by a grant from the Elks National Foundation, therefore every dollar earned
by the Elks lodges goes directly to help the children and adults we serve. Each year of maintaining this vital program
takes an increasing amount of money, all of it raised through voluntary
contributions obtained through the 110 Elks Lodges in
We don't ask a monthly stipend to help a child in a foreign land, which as a noble effort indeed, but our members are asked instead to contribute just $10.00 PER YEAR to help a child in YOUR COMMUNITY; in their community. We will accept donations from any interested individual, and they are tax-deductible under the 501c3 IRS guidelines. If you are an ELK in Pennsylvania this donation is as easy as setting aside two thin dimes, that's just 20 cents of your hard-earned money, every week for a year; and you're even allowed the customary "two week vacation." But when your year ends we'll have our needed $10.00 from you. Why not try putting your pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters into a small jar every night, then use the contents of that as your --- let's not say donation --- but your way of CELEBRATING your own healthy life! It's a terrific way to not only acknowledge your own good fortune, but it WILL allow one of your Pennsylvania neighbors to live more independently --- and you'll be doing all this for only 20 cents a week!
There is no better way to remember a loved one than with a donation or bequest to the Pennsylvania Major Projects Legacy Trust Fund. The Legacy Trust Fund is a permanent fund where all donations are wisely invested, and only the dividends from these donations are used to augment the current Elks Home Service Program income; thus, the ever-expanding principal remains intact forever. This means a bequest is the most feasible way of making your donation work for others well into the future. We thank you, and we wish you GOOD HEALTH!
'Miracle babies' also 'Children of the Year'
By Michael C. Spearing
The Elks recognized the three-year-old
twins a recent press conference in District Justice Brad Lunsford's courtroom
While Jack Orlandi, Exalted Ruler of State College Lodge 1600 spoke, John and Alan and their brother and sister, Josh and Sierra, availed themselves of all useable furniture within striking distance to make toy car highways, mountains to climb and sliding boards to slide on.
Orlandi said the Pennsylvania Elks Home Service visiting nurse for Centre County, Karen Kay McKalips, was the driving force behind the children's selection out of the hundreds of deserving youngsters.
"Karen lobbied for them at the state
level," Orlandi said. "She told them she thought it was about time
According to the Twin-to-Twin Transfusion
Syndrome Foundation, located in
As a result, one baby gets too much blood, overloading the cardiovascular system, and may die from heart failure. The other baby gets too little blood and may die from anemia.
The babies themselves are normal. The abnormalities are in the placenta, but numerous problems result from the condition.
"Alan was 11 inches long and weighed 1 pound 21/2 ounces when he was born," Andrea Murray said. "John was 14 inches long and weighed 2 pounds 3 ounces."
She said John was born with cardiac
problems and Alan with a host of conditions. Both boys are doing well now,
"John was in the hospital for 95 days and his care cost $600,000, and Alan was in for 195 days and cost about $1.3 million," she said. "Getting all those bills was so stressful. We got stacks and stacks of them."
She said a pleasant surprise came from the doctors and hospitals.
"One day out of the blue, they (the billing office) called us and said, 'We know how hard you've tried,' and then they wrote it off."
Orlandi said Wednesday's event was in recognition of the twins and their indomitable spirit. He said he thought McKalips had it right when she wrote, "Even though they were so tiny you could hold them in your hand, they had a huge will to live. It wasn't the size of the children, but the determination in their hearts that made these little boys survive."
Reprinted with permission from the Centre
(The Centre Daily Times is online at www.centredaily.com.)