Seniors Helping Seniors- PCACS board members serve community through many roles

Written by Bruce Lindner. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on October 03, 2018 with No Comments

Gift bags assembled by PCACS board member Rhiannon Martin are ready for distribution.

We are proud of the ways our board members continue to impact the community in the various roles they take on as well as the initiatives that they launch!

Check out how some of our board members are making our region even better day after day.

Cathy Ellis and Rondi Wightman continue to lead the Duneland Seniors, which connects seniors in the Duneland area of Porter County. Members meet every Wednesday at Hawthorne Park in Porter. The group has carry-in lunches, programs, parties, games, educational speakers and special events.

The group always celebrates birthdays and you can catch them each year in the Porter Fourth of July parade.

Cathy also is currently serving as president of the Porter County Triad, which is a partnership between seniors, the Porter County Sheriff’s Department and social service organizations.

The organization spearheads Project Lifesaver, which is a small personal transmitter worn by individuals who have Alzheimer’s or dementia or children with special needs. The tracking band allows law enforcement to quickly locate loved ones who wander away from home. The bands are free to those who need them. Any community members interested in sponsoring a band or making a contribution to the program can call 219-477-3112.

Triad also offers senior education forums, emergency beacon distribution, expired medication collections and a speakers bureau.

Rhiannon Martin is putting goodie bags together for seniors in our community. She tucks in essentials and treats such as mouthwash, Chapstick, tissue papers, candy and snacks and activity books and colored pencils. She is able to put these bags together with the help of her workplace, Graceland Cemetery in Valparaiso, where she is a family service adviser.

“I hope to make someone’s day just a little brighter. I work with seniors almost on a daily basis and some, unfortunately, have no one to talk to and to make sure that they are ‘okay,’” she says. “We at Graceland really just want everyone to know that they are special and important.”

Tom Crnarich has been leading Portage Rebuilding Together for more than 10 years! The organization seeks to impact community members every year on projects that will improve their homes and lives. The group brings volunteers together to make an impact.

We thank all of our additional board members who serve our community by offering their time and talents to PCACS! They are: president, Ethan Lowe; vice president, Bob MacMahon; secretary, Barb Kubiszak; and treasurer, Michael Lipp, as well as board members Sylvia Graham, George Iemmolo, Diane Bates and Kimberly Wiseman.


All opinions, conclusions and recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the views of The Chronicle. Bruce Lindner has worked in the non-profit world for more than 35 years and for the past twelve years has been serving as the executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Services. For more information, contact him directly at 219-465-7144 or email bhlindner@portercountyacs.org.

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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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