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Thank You to 29 Friends

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In June, we asked our donors to consider making a gift to support those who use CICOA’s Way2Go transportation service. The donations came in all summer long! Thank you to all 29 friends of CICOA who gave nearly $3,000 to support transportation services for our clients.

Every one of our donors is special to me, but I want to tell you about a few of these summer donors whose relationships with CICOA touch my heart.

Larry Fennerty is a kind, older gentleman who calls the development office almost every month to make a donation. He was happy to have his June gift support Way2Go. He says he wishes he could give more, and he’s glad that CICOA is here to help people who need it. Thank you, Larry.

Matt Preston and Vicki Vespo-Preston own Bugs B Gone, LLC, a company that has assisted many CICOA clients over the years. Bugs B Gone received CICOA’s 2017 Partner Award in recognition of this partnership that advances CICOA’s mission and draws attention to the needs of older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers. Matt and Vicki sponsor our Signature Breakfast and Safe at Home events, and also chose to support Way2Go in July. I know they really care about our clients. Thank you, Matt and Vicki.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. David Ramey by telephone. David is a well-known equine veterinarian and author who lives in California. His dad lives in an Indianapolis assisted living facility. David appreciates how Way2Go supports his father.  “Thanks for everything that you’re doing to help Dad,” he said.

For David’s father, good quality of life means going to church every Sunday, but he needs wheelchair transportation. Karren Sondrini, director of Way2Go, was able to arrange for the same driver to pick him up every week. Way2Go has taken care of David’s worries for his father, and because of this, David set up a generous monthly donation to support Way2Go. Thank you, David.

Finally, in August we learned that Way2Go will be able to add four more vehicles to its fleet and expand its door-to-door service with a grant from the Juanita M. Smith Foundation. Without family, Juanita was able to continue living in her dearly loved and comfortable home with the help of church friends and caregivers until she passed away at age 91. When she established her foundation, she wanted other seniors to have the same comfort. Thank you, Juanita.

As the vice president of development for CICOA, I’m all about relationships. It’s my job to help CICOA develop relationships with individual donors, corporate sponsors and community funders. Seeing these relationships develop between clients, staff and CICOA supporters makes my day and makes me thankful. Thank you.