Difference Makers

Bishara Family Establishes CICOA Professional Development Fund

May 21, 2024
Rafik Bishara, Erica Seabaugh, Pat Bishara

Philanthropists Rafik and Patricia (Pat) Bishara have established a new Professional Development Fund at CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions. The fund aims to bolster CICOA’s workforce by hiring and retaining…

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Man’s Letter to Nike Inspires Shoes for People with Disabilities

March 22, 2022
Matthew Walzer and Nike prototypes for FlyEase accessible shoes for people with disabilities

At 16, Matthew Walzer was thinking about the great future ahead of him, the possibilities of the next phase of his life. However, one barrier stood in his way that…

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Volunteer Shares Passion for Service and Innovation

February 22, 2022
Peter Bisbecos

Essential to the success of any nonprofit’s mission and vision for the future is building strong relationships with community volunteers. CICOA Board Chair Peter Bisbecos has a relationship with the…

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The Making of a Caregiver, Advocate

September 21, 2021
Deanna Conerly

Deanna Conerly describes herself as an extraverted introvert. However, her story shows someone who’s not hesitant about providing care and advocating for others. As one of CICOA’s newest Board members,…

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Want to Live a Happier, Healthier Life as a Senior? Volunteer!

September 7, 2021
Volunteering in retirement

In the third quarter of 2020, about 28.6 million Baby Boomers – those born between 1946 and 1964 – reported that they were out of the labor force due to…

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Former CICOA Board Chair Anita Harden Joins Mission to Find Cure for Alzheimer’s

February 23, 2021
Anita Harden at CICOA Signature Breakfast 2019

Caring for a loved one with dementia poses many challenges, and former CICOA Board Chair Anita Harden knows them all too well. For more than a decade, she served as…

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The Only Face They May See

January 20, 2021
Meals for Seniors

CICOA employees have a well-deserved reputation of going the extra mile for their clients. For Meals & More driver Pete Shields, 79, it is more accurate to say he goes…

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Coronavirus shuts off lifeline to seniors; Southport police rally community to help

March 30, 2020
Delivering meals to seniors with Southport Police Department

To the Southport Police Department, protect and serve means keeping the community safe, but also taking care of the less fortunate. Once the coronavirus pandemic hit, the police department was…

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LINKS Volunteers Prepare for Jobs and Independence

February 3, 2020
LINKS Volunteers at CICOA Indianapolis

Every Tuesday for three hours, volunteers Jarrel, Mark, Mackenzie and Pam perform clerical and administrative tasks at CICOA, such as assembling new client packets or filing, as part of the…

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Indy woman volunteers, discovers a new friend

January 13, 2020
Volunteer to help seniors in need in Indianapolis

When Linda Pratt retired from Indiana University School of Medicine, she decided she wanted to volunteer. If you ask Ellie Petry, Linda is so much more. Yes, Linda helps Ellie…

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