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PCACS seeks participants for its ramp program- We are ready to kick our ramp program into first gear!

Written by Bruce Lindner. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on April 11, 2018 with No Comments

Betty and Robert Mantel recently received a ramp at their Valparaiso residence to assist with accessing their home. PCACS is seeking needed individuals to apply for its ramp program.

With spring starting and warmer weather on the horizon, we are seeking participants for our ramp program. The program puts a ramp at the homes of individuals who need assistance coming and going on a daily basis. The ramp also can impact the lives of the individuals’ family members and caregivers.

We recently had the opportunity help Betty and Robert Mantel of Valparaiso.

Betty said the ramp will help her husband, who has Parkinson’s disease.

“With a ramp, we have more opportunities to have freedom and to get out and do more things,” Betty said. “We really appreciate the ramp.”

Members of the Chicago UAW/Ford Community Service Ramp Project team continue to offer their time and talents to construct ramps.

While those facing financial challenges will be given priority, all community members are welcome to apply for ramp assistance.

Those interested should contact PCACS Executive Director Bruce Lindner via phone at 219-465-7144or via email at bhlindner@portercountyacs.org. The ramp application is also available online at https://www.portercountyacs.org/ramp-program/.

Spirit Award honoree

We are so proud of our own Ginger Brockwehl!

The lead volunteer of the State Health Insurance Assistance Program – housed in our offices – has been named one of this year’s Spirit Award winners!

The awards – spearheaded by the United Way of Porter County and The Times of Northwest Indiana – celebrate the region’s strong volunteer spirit. The awards mark “individuals who have displayed extraordinary service above self and serve as an inspiration to others.”

Ginger not only gives her time to SHIP, but also the United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and the Gabis Arboretum at Purdue University Northwest.

“I was surprised and humbled to hear of the award,” Ginger said. “What probably means the most to me is the chance to publicize the three places where I love to volunteer.

“All three keep me active and engaged mentally and physically and I enjoy the camaraderie with other volunteers as well as the public we interact with.”

She said while the organizations are diverse, there is a common theme that she hears:  “I didn’t know I qualified to get my taxes done for free”; “I didn’t know there’s unbiased, objective help to sort out the confusion of Medicare”; “I didn’t know this hidden gem of the Gabis Arboretum (formerly Taltree) was only a few miles from my house.”

Congratulations Ginger!

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About Bruce Lindner

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle.  Bruce Lindner has worked in the not-for-profit world for more than 25 years and has been executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Services for five. A native of the Region, he was raised in Portage and he graduated from Valparaiso University. You can call him at 219-464-9736 or e-mail at bhlindner@frontier.com.

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