NH Gives – Support Gibson Center
Are you ready to have FUN?
We at the Gibson Center believe it should never stop. And now you can be part of the fun that has benefits galore. Join with our friends and neighbors in the NH Gives Challenge starting June 8th at 5PM and running for 24 hours until 5PM on June 9th. You can help provide Meals on Wheels, transportation, exercise and social programs, computer training and more.
The Gibson Center
Proudly Serving Senior Citizens
The Gibson Center for Senior Services is a non-profit corporation providing services to senior citizens of Northern Carroll County since 1979. Our goal is to enable seniors to remain in their homes, while maintaining a high level of independence and quality of life through the offering of an evolving array of programs and services. Our programs are designed to serve the needs of these active and passive senior residents through nutrition programs (home delivery, congregate meals and nutrition education), transportation programs for the elderly and disabled to help meet their daily living needs, social and educational programs to enable them to stay actively involved in their communities with purpose and dignity, and referral and networking programs with related community service agencies.
From The Director's Desk
Early in 2020, the Board convened an ad hoc Strategic Planning committee to guide us through 2020 and 2021. Little did we know that a thing like COVID-19 could disrupt our lives to such an extraordinary extent. We became sharply focused with urgency on having a roadmap for managing ourselves during the pandemic and for the months after when we hoped to emerge stronger than ever.
And now, here we are.
Long after we could have ever imagined, we are reopening to Phase 1 of our activities and transportation with anticipation of our congregate dining to follow in Phase 2 or 3. See my CoVid update. As a staff, we have come back together to work side by side with full hours again after 14 months of split staff on alternate days. I am proud of how adaptable we are.
And what of the strategic plan? It is my pleasure to report we are right on track.
We set a goal to reach more young seniors. This month we signed an agreement with OLLI who will now be renting space from the Gibson and providing classes in our dining room beginning this fall. These will include Lunch and Learns and will start with a special class on the history of the Gibson, MWV Age-Friendly Community, and Service-Link. We are thrilled with the new partnership.
We committed to reaching more home-bound seniors. Training will begin late summer for volunteers who will be visiting with homebound seniors at risk for early dementia. The training will also be offered for Meals on Wheels drivers. Jill will also be developing a Giving Voices Choir for persons with dementia and their caregivers. This is all part of a collaborative grant with Memorial Hospital and the MWV Adult Day Center to create a Dementia Friendly Community.
Our computer literacy program is ready to expand to new persons. We have received a $2500 grant and 25 new Samsung Tablets from Spectrum. We hope anyone over age 60 who wants help with equipment, training or connecting for email, Zoom, or Telehealth will feel welcome to schedule a session with Andrea Libby here at the Gibson or Jeff Beavers at the Conway Public Library.
Anyone seen the new bus? The 2003 bus has been retired and our new 2021 vehicle is on the road. Sharon had a very happy group of 7 out for a jaunt this week. It gets better. This month we have been awarded $106,000 as subrecipient’s of a Community Development Block Grant through the Town of Conway to be used to complete the purchase of that first new passenger bus, and let us order the needed wheelchair bus, buy long overdue software for the nutrition office and transportation for scheduling and increase staff time for drivers to extend hours. We are very eager to hear from anyone who needs a ride for personal activities, medical visits, or social time.
There’s more but I’m out of space. But note the sign off. I will no longer be the Interim Director. The Board has accepted my wish to continue as the full-time Director. I am really honored to follow Paul Lodi and George. Who would have thought…..?
Marianne Jackson, MD