Stories

Work uncertainty is a pressing financial issue for older Americans, as life expediencies increase and savings decrease. Therefore, they seek employment to help make ends meet. Our Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) helps low-income, unemployed individuals age 55 years and older earn and learn while working for community service organizations. For most, their SCSEP experience...
Medicare-Medicaid Assistant Program (MMAP) has the pleasure of providing services and resources to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries as well as Veterans. It is heartbreaking when beneficiaries talk about the many obstacles they endured to get answers  to their Medicare, Medicaid and prescription coverage questions. Many of their calls go unanswered and often not returned. MMAP realizes that it...
Some siblings have a hard time coping with some of the challenges and emotions that come along with having a disabled sibling. But for Janet Brown-Riley, 41, (the youngest of 8 children) growing up with a brother with cerebral palsy has equipped her with some amazing qualities. She is patient, kind, empathetic and loyal. She began her caregiver journey when she was a kid, willingly sharing...
Eight years ago, Hattie Bird, 92, suffered a stroke that left her feeling depressed and stuck at home. While every stroke is different, some type of disability or physical limitation is common. Everyday tasks like getting dressed, washing laundry and normal household chores can pose a challenge. For Bird, these daunting tasks caused frustration and sometimes pain. “It takes me an hour and a half...