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Celebrating their 40th anniversary, Sagepoint Living Services, is stronger than ever. With a dedicated team, they are able to provide the needed care and support for seniors and their families, throughout the Southern Maryland region. They not only provide living for seniors but rehabilitation, in-home care, adult day care and so much more. As this week’s Friday Focus, we caught up with Kelsey Pearson, Marketing Coordinator for Sagepoint Living Services, to share in the joy of their success stories and discover some of the fun contest they throw.  Keep reading and learn how you can get involved!

 

Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)

A: At Sagepoint Senior Living Services, we are a community-focused, non-profit organization dedicated to serving Southern Maryland seniors and their families. Sagepoint offers a continuum of services that no one else in the region can match. At every point in senior care, you can rely on a wide array of services, innovative programs and homelike environments. The services we provide to seniors and their families include – Adult Day Services, Assisted Living, Home Care, Long-term Care, Memory Care and Rehabilitation.

Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?

A: At Sagepoint, our rehabilitation team takes extra steps to get you back on your feet. See below “true success story.”

A 79 year old male who was admitted to Sagepoint Living Services following hospitalization for fractured Vertebrae. Upon evaluation by Physical and Occupational therapies, limitations were noted in balance, strength, endurance, functional self-care and mobility. These deficits significantly impacted his ability to safely perform activities of a daily living and functional mobility tasks.

Physical therapy focused on increased strength and mobility. Occupational therapy targeted improvement on activities of living skills. He was very motivated to improve his mobility and independence.

He was able to resume a productive life at home with his supportive wife. He looked forward to returning home to spend time with his wonderful extended family. He especially enjoyed working with his physical therapist, Sheldon.

Q: What is your biggest challenge?

A: As a non-profit organization that has been around for 40 years, it is sometimes a struggle to keep up with the bells and whistles of for-profit senior care providers. In efforts to lessen this challenge, we have given Sagepoint Senior Living Services a facelift that really communicates life. We are also in the process of building our new rehabilitation wing which will boast private rooms and a modern design.

Q: Are there any upcoming events?

A: We are currently running our first ever Images of Aging photo contest. Entries were accepted until Monday, February 29th and judging began March 1 on our Facebook page. For more information, visit www.sagepointcare.org/photocontest. Also, this year marks our 40 Year Anniversary serving Southern Maryland seniors and their families. We will be celebrating throughout the year and also opening our brand new rehabilitation wing, so be sure to look out for upcoming events!

Q: How can people get involved with your organization?

A: We are always in need of volunteers to help with a variety of tasks including arts and crafts, gardening, entertainment, religious services, friendly visits, field trips, games and much more! If you are interested in helping out, please fill out a volunteer application on our website at https://www.sagepointcare.org/about-us/volunteering/. We also welcome donations and sponsorships! Check out our website and Facebook for more information.

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Did you know that approximately 200,000 Americans are diagnosed with breast cancer each year? About 40,000 of them will die from the disease within the year and six to ten percent of these diagnoses are metastatic, or stage 4. While these statistics are decreasing thanks to dedicated research and growing awareness, they still need community support to help fight. This week’s Friday Focus we caught up with Kelly Lange, Secretary/treasurer, Director of Metavivor’s Research and Support  to learn more about the research they do for metastatic breast cancer and how we can get involved as a community.

Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)

A: METAvivor’s primary mission is to fund research with the goal of ending death from breast cancer. While many people are aware of the risk of breast cancer, few realize that 1 in 3 breast cancer survivors will be re-diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (MBC), a terminal illness. This can happen many years, even decades, after the primary diagnosis. Once diagnosed with MBC, life expectancy is only about two years. We continue to lose over 40,000 Americans every year to this disease. These numbers haven’t changed in decades, in spite of all the money spent on breast cancer causes.

At METAvivor we conduct a rigorous peer-review process to select the very best research we can find. We award grants each year to research that has the potential to benefit the patient who has already metastasized. 100% of donations to METAvivor go to these research grants. We are a volunteer led organization and we cover our minimal expenses with corporate sponsorships.

METAvivor also operates a peer-to-peer support program in Anne Arundel and surrounding counties, enables patients in other communities to start similar programs and advocates for issues affecting those with metastatic breast cancer.

Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?

A: One of the most rewarding things about volunteering for METAvivor is helping someone who is newly diagnosed. We are never happy to welcome a new member to the group – it means she or he now has a terminal illness. But when you help someone realize there can be peace and even joy on the other side of the diagnosis, it is very rewarding.

Q: What is your biggest challenge?

A: Our biggest challenge is the terminal illness we face. Most of our volunteers who devote many hours to the operation of METAvivor have metastatic breast cancer. As a result, we have frequent turnover as people become more ill and die from the disease. It is very difficult to continue the work as your friends are dying, but we are determined to do whatever we can to fund the research that is our only hope.

Q: Are there any upcoming events?

A: METAvivor supporters are actively hosting fundraising events all over the country. Many are posted on our Facebook page.

Q: How can people get involved with your organization?

A: People interested in volunteering can sign up on our website. People can also help by liking our Facebook page, following us on twitter (@metavivor) and watching and sharing our Youtube videos. Of course, donations and sponsorships are always welcome!


Are you looking for a loving pet to come home to after a long day at work? A wagging tail waiting by the door to greet you? Then, check out this week’s Friday Focus, The Humane Society! The Humane Society works hard every day to help rescue and provide care for animals in need. They strive to protect each and every animal they can from harm’s way. We spoke to Jill Lee, Vice President of the Humane Society of Calvert County, to discover how they reach out to the community for support in finding their animals a compassionate and dedicated home.

Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)

A: We are a no kill non-profit rescue serving Southern Maryland. Our mission is to improve our community for animals and people by: sheltering and protecting animals from harm; placing them into caring, responsible homes; increase awareness through humane education and community outreach; endeavoring to reduce animal over population and to eliminate cruelty; serving as an advocate for animals by promoting humane standards and enhancing the relationship between animals and people.

Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?

A: We asked the community during the last blizzard to please foster our dogs for the weekend, as we thought we might lose power. The response was AMAZING! The phone rang off the hook for 2 days. The majority of our dogs spent the weekend with their temporary fosters. We received pictures during the blizzard weekend of our dogs snuggling by fireplaces and hanging with the families on the couch! The best part was that over 7 dogs ended up being adopted by the temporary homes!

Q: What is your biggest challenge?

A: Our biggest challenge is funding and finding enough volunteers

Q: Are there any upcoming events?

A: Yes! We have a big fundraiser night called Rock n Roll for Rescues featuring the Fabulous Hubcaps and Calvert’s own Elvis. Event is Friday night April 1st at the American Legion in Chesapeake Beach.

Q: How can people get involved with your organization?

A: We need the following help: Contact info Jill@hsccrescue.com

  1. Dog walking. We have volunteers come in to our kennel at 2210 Dalrymple Rd in Sunderland every day from 11-2 to walk, play and spend quality time with all of our dogs.
  2.  Help at dog adoption events: We bring dogs to Walmart, Petsmart, Petco and Peppers Pet Pantry. We need volunteers to bring dogs and staff the event.
  3.  Vet appointment shuttles: We need volunteers to bring our dogs back and forth to local vets for Spay and Neuter and other checkups.
  4.  Help at fundraising events: We need help at our 5K in the fall and our Hubcaps event to staff the ticket table, help with silent auction and more.
  5.  Have a Birthday party and ask guests to bring donations to HSCC in lieu of Birthday gifts.
  6.  Eagle Scout projects: We have an ongoing list of projects we need done at our kennel that are perfect Eagle Scout projects!
  7.  Grant writing.
  8.  See website for other ideas on how you can help, such as registering for Amazon Smile. A portion of your sale will be donated to us.