Making Indianapolis Home

Hoosier Hospitality is alive and well, even during a pandemic. This is one of the many things I’ve learned since my wife, Laura, and I packed up our dogs Coco and Cookie and made the move from Kalamazoo, Mich. People are friendly here. They are quick to give advice, too. Move to Carmel, some said.…

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There was a time I stood on the sidelines and let others make choices for me. I didn’t want to “waste” my time going to a polling place to cast a ballot. In my early 20s, I thought, “What’s one vote going to matter?” Now in my 40-somethings, I have a different perspective: One vote…

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Church collection plate

The first time I made a charitable donation, I was about seven years old. Mom gave my sister and me each $1, which was exciting for a little kid in the 1970s. Mom explained the money was for us to put in the collection plate at church. To be honest, I was a little disappointed,…

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CICOA Staff at Safe at Home Event

As diversity, equity and inclusion have taken center stage in our national discourse in recent weeks, my thoughts have been focused on how to be more intentional about these core values at CICOA and how to enhance them as we promote our agency’s mission and vision for Central Indiana. I say “enhance” because several years…

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As a community-based organization whose mission is to empower older adults, those of any age with a disability, and their caregivers by providing the innovative answers, services, and support they need to achieve the greatest possible independence, dignity, and quality of life, CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions condemns the senseless killing of George Floyd, an…

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Volunteers Needed to Call Seniors

People are getting creative to stay connected during this pandemic. We hear stories daily of drive-by birthday parties and visiting loved ones through windows. We recently shared the story about Chuck, a client who was recovering from surgery in a rehab center. His wife put on a wedding veil and held up a sign outside…

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#INThisTogether

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is urging us to stay apart. At the same time, he is also calling us to stay together. The state even announced a new campaign to help spread the word – not the virus – called “In This Together.” You may have seen #INthistogether on social media. What a great and…

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United Way of Central Indiana

United Way Accreditation Opens Doors to New Opportunities For more than 100 years, United Way has worked to fight poverty by coordinating its fundraising efforts and allocating funds to agencies. For the first time, CICOA will be able to apply for those grants as CICOA now joins United Way’s network of 84 accredited partners throughout…

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Tauhric Brown and Gran

My grandmother, Irene Flint Roberts, ran the family from her Lazy Boy chair. If the phone wasn’t pressed against her ear, it was within arm’s reach, in case she had something to say. It didn’t matter the time of day. We can learn a lot from our grandparents, and I learned plenty from Gran, which…

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