Star Celebration - March 25, 2015
Honoree: Evan Jaffe became a volunteer guardian after picking up one of our brochures at a local Flemington bank. He has served as a volunteer since and has helped many individuals who had no one. Rabbi Evan Jaffe also serves as the Emergency Guardian for incapacitated individuals at Hunterdon Medical Center who have no one to make the medical decisions or fill out the necessary paperwork for their discharge. He mentors new guardians and is a guest speaker at guardianship training sessions. Rabbi has a “can do” attitude and has never refused a case. He is not only compassionate but also a problem solver. He gets things done!
Thanks to our Generous Donors and Dedicated Volunteer Guardians
Proudly, we take this opportunity to identify those who have graciously supported us over the years.
Merck Johnson & Johnson Large Foundation United Way of Hunterdon County Holt Charitable Foundation Anne Spychala Family Charitable Foundation
Here are a few of our stories…
Yvonne lost power and had a tree fall on her house during super storm Sandy. The shelter at the library was not an adequate place for her to be due to her dementia. Yvonne’s volunteer Guardian Cindy was able to get her and her aide temporary residence at Independence Manor in Flemington until the house was safe to go back to.
Because of Judy, Daniel will get dentures so that he may eat better.
Marjorie had been living in a hospital for months now. Volunteer guardian Marsha was able to get her on Medicaid and move her to a nursing home.
All Stanley wanted after suffering a stroke was to stay in his trailer with his lady. No one thought he would be able to except one person. Gerry, Stan’s newly appointed guardian sized up the situation and made it happen. Three year later Stanley is still in his home.
He was obstinate, surly and made it clear he did not want to be bothered. This did not stop his volunteer guardian Adrienne who never gives up on someone. Through her persistence they developed a relationship through the use of music. She definitely made a positive impact on the last 6 months of his life. Adrienne was with Robert when he passed away.
Adult Protective Services found thirty something year old Mary alone in a house not fit for anyone to live in. Mary is mentally challenged. She had always lived at home but when her father was sent to a nursing home, Mary was alone and really could not take care of herself properly, nor was she safe in her home. In steps guardian Laurel who placed Mary in a temporary foster home while she works on getting her into a group home. Today Mary is thriving!
They were left at a “guest house” by their daughter with few belongings. No one visited them, not even the daughter. Where was their social security going? How could they stay there without paying? Hilda was already suffering from dementia and Walter needed assistance walking. Tony became emergency guardian to Hilda and got their social security going into an account. Next Vince took over as guardian for Hilda and later Walter. All Hilda and Walter wanted to be was together. That is all. Vince has successfully moved them to a nursing home where the get proper care and share a room.
Anna was found homeless, no identification. She ended up in Hagadorn and later Greystone. She suffers from schizophrenia. She loved makeup and wigs. Her guardian Christine would make sure she had both. She was by Anna’s side when she passed away.
Hasiba was badly beaten and left severely brain damage. No family member was able to step in to make medical and living situation decisions for her. Volunteer Guardianship was able to find Teresa who filled that role. Hasiba is now in a place that takes good care of her with Teresa making sure they do.
56 yr old Jessica has some mental health issues. Her husband took good care of her up until he passed away. She was found in her house, paranoid and afraid and a possible danger to herself. After being declared incapacitated, interim guardian Christine stepped in and took care of settling her estate…large task. She sold her house and set up a special needs trust for Jessica. Christine also got her into an Easter Seals group home. Later Shirley under Christine’s mentorship stepped in as guardian where she continues to take good care of Jessica, manages her money so that it will last as long as possible.
Jose suffers from dementia. He was placed in a nursing home with little room to walk around. His guardian Kent moved him to a much more pleasant nursing home where he has lots of room to walk and much more social activity. Kent visits him, sometimes with his daughters, every weekend. He was able to get Jose on Medicaid and sell his house.
They are 102 and 96. Both Rose and Karol outlived everyone. Both now have guardians who look after their best interests and visit them in their nursing homes. They don’t remember Travis or Linda from visit to visit but enjoy it while they are there.