Hometown Care, Centered on You

Issue #54

February 2014

Community Connection

Message from the Board

We hope everyone has had a great week! There has been a wonderful response from providers across our region wanting to share some of the educational and service opportunities they offer.   This issue has a variety of upcoming seminars and workshops that may be of interest to you.   We are happy to report we are on track for iCircle Care's (MLTC) readiness review process with the NYS Department of Health coming up in mid-March.   This will be an important step forward in securing operating certificates for the proposed MLTC plan.   As we stay busy preparing for the MLTC, we have not lost sight of the OPWDD DISCO progression.   We continue to meet with our planning workgroups made up of  diverse community-based providers, continue collaboration on shared services, as well as, learn from the people at the core of our mission about what is important to them for service delivery and care. 

We thank you for staying connected!

Program Spotlight: 

Mature Adult Resource Center


The Mature Adult Resource Center (MARC of Baden) is available to seniors age 60 and older. Presently they have a total of 76 seniors registered in the program. It provides opportunities to the elder community to decrease their isolation. Free transportation is offered to the Center. Participants enjoy hot nutritious meals, recreational activities, as well as, health and wellness information. Transportation is provided for shopping and special events. Seniors who attend have the opportunity to participate in an intergenerational program with children from Baden Street's Activities Program and Child Development Center.

There is no cost to participate in the MARC Center, however, there is a suggested donation of $3.00 per meal. However, no one will ever be denied because of inability to donate. All the donations received are confidential. A Social Worker from Elder Source visits the Center twice monthly to assist seniors with any problems they may be encountering. If a senior encounters a problem before the social workers is due to come in, the Emergency and Family Assistance Department of Baden is always available to assist

MARC Seniors are a diverse group, the youngest presently is 63 years of age and the oldest is 94 years of age! MARC requires that seniors be self-dependent and bring with them the zest for fun, laughter, love, care and concern for each other.  Every day at MARC you will see the coordinator share with the group how much she loves each one of them because they are unique. Because of this loving attitude, everyone comes together as a family. That is what keeps them coming to the MARC Center!

A Family Member's Perspective:

A daughter of one of the participants of MARC, shared that her mom, "loves the center!"  She said, the weekend is only filled with conversations of how long before she can go back to the "Senior Program". She enjoys the friendships and socialization that she has developed at the MARC Center. Her daughter stated she does not know what would become of her mother if she did not belong to the MARC.

The Mature Adult Resource Center of Baden Street Settlement

(MARC of Baden)

Location: 86 Vienna Street, Rochester, New York 14605

Contact: Lois Robinson

For more information call 585-325-8129 or 585-325-8134

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Getting to Equity: Starting Where We Are

The National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Rochester is pleased to offer one of a series of community workshops in our region. Race is a social construct, based on distinctions having no basis in fact. Yet statistics reveal great disparity in education, employment, health care and overall access to the benefits others enjoy. The systems-wide changes we would like to see start at the personal level. But unconscious bias and micro-inequities can prevent us from seeing a larger view than the one before us.

It is possible to create safe zones of connection and trust that allow us to reveal injustice in our midst and come to deeper levels of understanding and action. This interactive workshop introduces participants to a framework that dismantles the boundaries that keep us from each other while enhancing personal and professional networks and re-focuses how we view race and community.

When: Thursday, March 6th, 2014, 9:00 AM-Noon

Where: LDA Life and Learning Services, Suite 200 - Large Conference Room

1650 South Avenue, Rochester, New York 14620

Parking is available on the premises. Location is fully accessible.

FEE: $35 per person (group, student, senior rates and a limited number of scholarships are available)

Refreshments and snacks provided. Please register by March 3rd.

For more information contact Steve Jarose at (585) 224-7238 or email sjarose@ldagvi.org


Neurodevelopmental Disorders Series

ADHD Autism Psychological Services and Advocacy is hosting a three part series on neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. Andy Lopez-Williams will explain how the dysfunctions of the frontal lobes create many of the symptoms of ADHD and Autism, and what can be done to improve them.

When: March 17th; 5:30-7:30

Where: Onondaga Free Library, 4840 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215

 The cost is just $5.00 for families of persons with developmental disorders, educators and licensed professionals.

To register for this informational seminar, please contact Angela Verenich at the following:

Phone: 315-732-3431 ext. 209

Fax: 866-822-2343

E-mail: angela@aapsa.net

Managed Long-Term Care Workshop 

Come Learn About NYS's New Medicaid Managed Long-term Care Plans

Changes are being implemented that will affect the way Medicaid recipients receive long-term care services and supports. Medicaid Managed Long-term Care will soon be mandatory for some populations in Monroe County. MMLTC is an alternative to receiving care in a nursing home. Learn about these changes, about who qualifies, and about how changes may affect you in this informative session hosted by Lifespan. Consumers and professionals are welcome!

When:     February 26, 2014

Time:      9:30 a.m.

Where:    The Summit at Brighton, 2000 Summit Circle Drive

Contact:  Julie at Lifespan - (585) 287-6382 or jmurawski@lifespan-roch.org

Send Us Your Stories!

Reminder to please send in your Agency's spotlight stories!  You can send your story ideas to info@icirclecny.org.  Share a unique program or an individual success story and don't forget to include photos!  Thank You!

Thank you for your Support!

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Mission: It is the goal of iCircle Services to be a service portal where individuals and their families can self-direct, advocate, and secure the supports and services that best fit their needs. We are guided by individual choice, inclusion, diversity, cultural competence, respect, community, learning and empowerment for those we serve.

Vision: iCircle Services will establish a comprehensive, sustainable, trusted, and compassionate system of supports and services that will help empower families and individuals with developmental disabilities to promote their happiness, independence and inclusion as productive members of our community.

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