Success Stories

Nourishing Hearts and Souls: Anna and Her Beloved Pets

November 15, 2023
Anna and Ricky at Bella's Memorial

In a little house tucked away in a small community in the southeast side of Marion County, Anna lives with her beloved pets. For years, these cherished animals have been…

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Saving Superwoman: CICOA Caregiver Helps Others Overcome Burnout Through Self Care

October 4, 2023
April Ervin

How do you focus on your wellbeing amid everything that you’re experiencing in life and work? This question has been the focus of April Ervin’s personal and professional life for…

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From Stumble To Strength: Reclaiming Independence After Falls

September 5, 2023
Lillie Ford Indianapolis senior aging in place safely at home thanks to local nonprofits

Lillie was working as a DeCA teller at the Harrison Village Commissary at Fort Ben on Indy’s northeast side in 2016 when an odd thing happened: She began losing her…

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‘This is my Caryn, and she’s from CICOA’

May 31, 2023
Pauline Dillard

Indianapolis woman receives comfort and support from CICOA’s CareAware caregiver support counselor Pauline Dillard wasn’t interested in dating. A single mom who had raised four kids, Pauline was focused on…

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Building a Better Life Begins with Nutrition and Exercise

May 3, 2023
Bingocize and Fresh Produce Helps Older Woman Live a Better Life

It’s never too late to build a better life. Just ask Jan, 76, who said her life started changing for the better earlier this year when she joined a Bingocize®…

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At a Loss for Words: Indy Woman Loses Her Career (Not Her Spirit) to Dementia

April 5, 2023
Becky Barton

It’s easy to imagine Becky Barton on a stage. She exudes joy as she talks about her two grandkids and her career teaching occupational therapy at the University of Indianapolis.…

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Community Connections Empower Indy Mom to Break out of Homelessness

March 22, 2023
Amber, Indianapolis mom of 7

Building a healthier, flourishing community for all is a vision that requires many individuals and community partners working together. Consider the case of Amber, a mother of seven children, including…

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Way2Go Transportation Reduces Worry for Cancer Patient

February 8, 2023
Way2Go Transportation Client Janillia

In a routine checkup last March, Janillia’s doctor observed that she had lost a lot of weight over the previous year—about 40 pounds. Had she been dieting? No, in fact,…

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Facing Eviction, Senior Finds New Home After Life-changing Call

January 18, 2023
Ron Hicks CICOA client who found assisted living housing after nearly being homeless

Last December, Ron was in deep trouble. A year earlier, he’d lost his wife. The radiation and chemotherapy that helped him beat oral cancer left him weak and bedridden. And…

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Meal Delivery Has Been a Godsend for Franklin Woman

November 9, 2022

There have been days Rosemary just didn’t have the strength to make dinner. The 87-year-old Franklin woman has always been good about eating healthy, but over the last few years,…

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