Adult Day Care Seeks More Clients
BY IM>KI ( DM.ROVKCI KCAMS
Jean Marshall, cxeculivc director ol Brunswick Adult Day Care Inc.,
normally makes appeals to the public lor more volunteers lor her programs,
bul iKH these days.
"We're pretty well blessed with volunteers," she said, "bul 1 want to get
more partic i pants here."
The elder-care center has two branches since the Shallotle facility
opened about three months ago (the other is in Soulhport). Ms. Marshall
works out of the Shallotle branch, which right now is staffed to lake in eight
participants at one lime.
"I know that there are more elderly people out there who are not being
Ux>kcd after," she said, "Isolated, lonely people don't have to stay that way.
They shouldn't be watching TV or sleeping all day."
The center provides not only service lor elderly persons, bul also for the
family members who must care for them. Ms. Marshall said lhat a person
can bring an elderly family member by in the morning and enjoy a day of
shopping or golf.
"It's for ihe family members' well-being, loo," she said.
Some participants, she said, live with their children and shouldn't lie left
home alone while their son or daughter is ai work.
Ms. Marshall wants more people to be aware of what sort of activities
lake place at the centers, and also to understand how easy it can be to partic
"If a person is brought here everyday, they're forced to get up and gel
dressed. Coming here to be with other people and to be shown love and care
is belter than slaying at home by themselves," she said.
The center provides the materials and a crafts room for participants to
create items for special community projects. The seniors made napkin hold
ers for the rccent Volunteer and Information Center awards dinner, and were
also making turkey table decorations for a Thanksgiving event at Ihe
Brunswick Hospital. Ms. Marshall also plans a sale of arts and crafts items
made by participants to generate extra income for die center.
'I"he living room at HX> Al Street, Shallotle, provides participants will) a
television, videocasselte recorder, organ and a stereo system lor entertain
ment. Lunch is provided by lite Brunswick Hospital
Ms. Marshall said that she understands that day tare lor the elderly is
sometimes difficult to finance. She reported that at a recent convention, she
learned that seven of the KO cider-care facilities m North Carolina had closed
Ms. Marshall said that previously the state allocation lor indigent care
was SI X million, but that beginning July I ol tins year, funding had been cut
to SI. 5 million.
No matter what a person's income, however, Ms. Marshall said that spon
sorship can be found to pay an elderly person's daily tec to stay at Brunswick
Adult Day Care. Churches and community groups often sponsor a low income
Special programs and events are also part ol the schedule at the center,
which provides participants with activities to lixik lorward to and enjoy.
Last Friday, Jill Flaccavcnto's second grade class from Union Primary
School came to the center to entertain the elderly with a Thanksgiving per
The children dramatized the lirst Thanksgiving in the American
colonies, dressed as pilgrims and Native Americans. They I unshed with a
rendition of Over the River and Through the Woods, for which the elderly
participants gave a noisy round of applause in appreciation.
"I'm having a lovely time," said Audrey Dcrmann, one ol the elderly
who visits BADC every week.
Ms. Marshall had invited participants, volunteers and board members
from both branches to take part in the afternoon's event, which included a
traditional Thanksgiving lunch of turkey and fixings.
"This sort of (elder-care) program is needed everywhere, but especially
in Brunswick County," Ms. Marshall said later. "I'm glad we tan help the
participants we have, but I know we tan help more.
"And then, of course, I'll sum asking for volunteers again. We can al
ways use more of them."
Holiday Gifts For
Haitie Anderson has 70 children
she warns to make sure receive pre
sents ihis Christmas.
A child-youth psychologist with
Southeastern 's clinic at the Bruns
wick County Government Center,
she works with children who arc
mentally ill or emotionally disturb
Ms. Anderson said the children
on her list range in age from 21
months to 18 years, who come from
underprivileged homes and are be
ing counseled ai the local menial
health center. They arc not disabled,
and therefore don't quality for DSS
"These kids are not on the DSS
roster, and probably will not get
anything," she said, though they de
serve special note at Christmas as
The children's problems vary
from alcohol abuse to depression
and attempts to hurt themselves, and
Ms. Anderson doesn't believe they
gel the attention they deserve.
"You'd he surprised what a hug
can do," she said, "and I want them
to know thai they are being thought
of at Christmastime."
To help remedy the situation, she
has sent a letter out to local busi
nesses and agencies, requesting as
sistance in the form of cash or do
She said she wants the communi
ty to understand "that mental health
is part of the whole picture."
Her idea is to place a festive
Christinas tree in the lobbs of the
department, and have each child's
name on a gil t that can be picked up
al least a week before Christmas.
In her plea to local businesses,
she states that any kind of toy, game,
candy, fruit basket, art supplies or
puzzles will be accepted, as the wide
range of ages of the children call for
a wide variety of gifts.
Ms. Anderson also invites
schools, churches and community
groups to donate money or gilts to
"I want each child on my case
load to get something," she said.
Interested persons may call Ms.
Anderson at her office in the
Brunswick County Government
Ceniei. at 253-44X.V
FEMA To Dist
Applications arc being taken until
Dcc. 7 from organizations that
would like to be considered to re
ceive funding from the Brunswick
County Federal Emergency Man
agement Agency (FEMA) Board.
The local board was recently noti
fied by the national FEMA board
that it had been awarded S33.241 to
supplement emergency food and
shelter programs in this area.
The national board consists of
representatives from The Salvation
Army, the American Red Cross,
Council of Jewish Federations,
Catholic Charities, United Way and
other non-profit organizations.
The board was charged to dis
tribute funds appropriated by
Congress to help expand the capaci
ty of food and shelter programs in
high-need areas around the country.
Under the terms of the grant, local
agencies chosen to receive funding
through this program must be non
profit, have an accounting system
and conduct an annual audit, prac
tice non-discrimination, have dem
onstrated the capability to deliver
emergency and/or shelter programs
and. if they arc a volunteer group,
must also have a voluntary board of
The local FEMA board is respon
sible for recommending agencies to
receive these funds, but must have
applications at its office by the Dec.
Contact Julia Bailey, chairperson
of the Brunswick County FEMA
Board, at 919-845-2972, or write her
at the Brunswick County FEMA
Board, P.O. Box 2424, Southport,
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