L.O.V.E. Community Mission helps elderly
Submitted by GWEN CHAPPER
L.O.V.E Community Mission has been helping the elderly and disabled in DeQuincy for three years.
During this time they have held a dedication program, musical, Fun Day, Christian style show, nursing home drives (socks and blankets), and Valentine socials with the Cycle Knights of Port Arthur, Texas.
The 2014 Annual LOVE rally walk was well supported and balloons were released to honor the elderly, disabled, and deceased.
The 2015 rally walk will be held Saturday, May 16, at the DeQuincy Railroad Museum.
The mission has worked in conjunction with the Calcasieu Council On Aging to hold a Christmas party for seniors at the DeQuincy VFW. They are looking forward to a CCOA Senior Center in DeQuincy.
The mission has a profile on the United Way website (unitedwayswla.org), has a Facebook page managed by Minister Trennis Ford, and is in the DeQuincy Who’s Who (http://www.dequincynews.com/whoswho/love.htm) Visit these websites for more information.
L.O.V.E. has purchased a riding mower, a push mower and a weedeater for volunteers to use in yard work assistance. Volunteers help with local transportation, especially around the 1st/3rd of month. There are 25 volunteers at present.
CCOA has had a grant approved for transportation, which will be available soon, to assist outlying areas like DeQuincy and Starks with trips for medical appointments, dialysis needs, etc. Refrigerator magnets are available with contact numbers for elderly to call for a transit ride for out-of-town medical appointments, when called in one week in advance. Upon request, the ministry welcomes phone calls for home prayer. The grief/sick ministry sends out cards to the bereaved, sick, and confined elderly/disabled.
Seniors and the disabled can get benefits and other help through government agencies, some of which are listed here:
Apply for Medicaid at Capitol One Bldg, Floor 7, elevator 2, in Lake Charles or call 491-2735.
To apply for Social Security benefits call 1-877-409-8431 or 1-800-772-1213.
The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) can be contacted at 1-800-259-5300.
The Calcasieu Council On Aging can be reached at 474-2583 for information or to get help with senior matters.
SWLA Law Center may help with litigation matters at 436-3308.
Calcasieu Parish's Human Services department serves as the Social Service Agency, which provides social services, education, intervention, and prevention-focused services to Calcasieu's aged and indigent. Tarek Polite is the head of the department and may be contacted by email at Tpolite@cppj.net.
Mission members and contact information are provided here:
Gwen Chapper (transportation) at email@example.com or 337-794-9910; Alice Danclar (phone calls) at 314-369-2233; Darlene Hooker (communication/publicity) at 786-6265 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Cathy Williams (yardwork) at 337-515-6255; or Heather Sonnier (technologist).
Donations are accepted anytime. Mail to: L.O.V.E Community Mission, P. O. Box 131, DeQuincy, LA 70633
More help is needed to reach out to local elderly and disabled citizens. Rev. M. Durgan is the advisor.