Success Stories

CICOA Helps 109-Year-Old Age in Place

March 13, 2019
Bernice 109-year-old woman in Indianapolis

Want to know the secret to aging? Be good. That’s how Bernice Bohannon has tried to live her life. It’s what makes her happy. The mantra has served her well. She’ll celebrate her 109th birthday on March 14. She’s planning to make brownies for relatives who’ll be coming from out of town to help her celebrate.…

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Indy Mom Finds Strength to Care for Son She Nearly Lost

February 20, 2019
Help for Children with Disabilities and Special Medical Needs

No mother should have to make the decision Lavenia was faced with last fall: Remove the ventilator that was keeping little Karter alive? Send him to an institution where he could receive 24-hour care? Or, find a way to care for him at home? “I choose to keep him,” Lavenia said. People often ask her…

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Pet Therapy Lifts Spirits of Fishers Man

January 9, 2019
Pet Therapy for People with Disabilities in Indianapolis

Dave has always been active. He played baseball as a kid and all through high school in Greentown. He later played on adult basketball and softball leagues. He and his wife, Julie, often played tennis together. They traveled, went to Indians baseball games, went hiking. Normal stuff, Julie says. Then secondary progressive multiple sclerosis took…

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Lavonia Celebrates Kindness of Girl Scout Cadette Troop

December 10, 2018
Lavonia Woods

Lavonia felt like America’s Next Top Model with all the fuss around her. She’s not used to so much attention. A photographer was at her apartment to take her photo, as one of 20 CICOA clients to receive a $25 gift card as a special service project of Girl Scout Cadette Troop 447. She wasn’t…

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Meals & More Brings Peace-of-Mind to Indy Activist, Researcher and Caregiver

November 5, 2018
Jean Jackson

Jean marched with Martin Luther King in Washington D.C., was the first African American to work in the chemistry lab at Methodist Hospital, put two sons through college, has been chased by the Klu Klux Klan, met four U.S. presidents, crusaded with Billy Graham, and buried all seven of her siblings. At 87, she said…

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CICOA Makes Homes Safer for Seniors in Martindale-Brightwood Neighborhood During Ninth Annual Safe at Home

October 9, 2018
Safe at Home Volunteer Event to Help Seniors in Indianapolis

When Pearl worked at the Martindale-Brightwood Community Development Center, she used to help CICOA identify seniors who needed a helping hand during CICOA’s annual Safe at Home event. This year, she got a little help at her own home. More than 150 volunteers were in her northeast side neighborhood Sept. 29 installing hand rails, banisters,…

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Indy Mom Finds Help Caring for Parents at Home

September 12, 2018
Caregiving for her mom with Alzheimer's

Sherry was stuck. She knew there were resources to help her parents – her 75-year-old mom, who has had Alzheimer’s for eight years, and her 77-year-old dad, who is legally blind – but she didn’t know where to turn. Her dad’s doctor recommended CICOA.  “CICOA has been a godsend,” Sherry said. “Sometimes you don’t even…

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Looking for Independence

August 14, 2018
CICOA Transportation provides independence for Indianapolis adults with disabilities

“We would have a Harley if we could see,” Mike Bowman said with a chuckle. Through 46 years of marriage, Mike and Connie Bowman have shared many ups and downs, but they’ve experienced something that most couples don’t—they lost their vision together. This disability doesn’t stop them from enjoying an independent and active life together,…

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Way2Go One of Indy's "Best Kept Secrets"

May 14, 2018

One of Indy’s “best kept secrets” turns out to be not so secret, after all, at least among certain groups. “There’s a funny thing about blind people—everybody shares information about services that help people. So when CICOA started a transportation program, word spread quickly, and I called right away,” Jackie said. Jackie, 66, was born…

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WWII Survivor Remembers Hardship, Human Kindness as Refugee

April 11, 2018

Lyudmila was four years old when the war started. On June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union with a massive army of more than three million soldiers. Lyudmila’s father was conscripted to fight in the Soviet resistance. As the Nazis advanced, little Lyudmila and her Momma were evacuated by train, along with other…

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