Sponsors

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Opportunities

 WEBMASTER WHO KNOWS HOW TO FIND FREE HOSTING, SAVE TWO BIG WEBSITES TO THUMBDRIVE AND WHO CAN GET THIS SITE BACK ON FRONTPAGE DESPERATELY NEEDED PLEASE. 
WEBMASTER WHO KNOWS HOW TO FIND FREE HOSTING, SAVE TWO BIG WEBSITES TO THUMBDRIVE AND WHO CAN GET THIS SITE BACK ON FRONTPAGE DESPERATELY NEEDED PLEASE.
Volunteers needed to plan packaging party in October, call companies to sponsor 10 soldiers to get care packages with $130 postage.
 
ATTENTION: WRITING LETTERS IS NOT VOLUNTEERING, WE GET TONS OF CARDS, BANNERS AND LETTERS FROM SCHOOLS AND ALL OVER THE COUNTRY ON OUR SITE WE NEED THE FOLLOWING VOLUNTEERS.

Letters to Soldiers has many opportunities to be of service whether it be donating goods or helping put together care packages. Here are a few of the opportunities offered to help out Letters to Soldiers.

  • Looking up company contact info on the internet
  • Calling Companies for donations
  • Finding and coordinating volunteers to make stockings, school cards/banners, and other hand made items
  • Setting up booths at festivals and other events, coordinating Welcome Home, Christmas Parties, and other events for military, Concerts:
  • Printing online letters, getting supplies donated by companies like paper, ink, electronics needed
  • Fundraising, media PR, and other professional services
  • Webmaster and other digital media
  • Media Press Releases
  • Coordinating collection of donated items, packaging, printing prepaid labels and customs forms, pick by USPS
  • School Assemblies, collecting cards, letters and banners and helping schools do fund raisers, donated items collection, etc ...

SUB 4 SANTA EACH HOLIDAY SEASON:

We have 7 more families of soldiers that deployed in 2010 and now are deploying again in Jan. of 2012 that due to economy could not find work and have had to sell whatever they could just to put food on the table and put gas in the car. Can anyone donate Grocery Store Certificates and Gas Certificates?

WE have sizes for families as follow for you to sponsor:

Family A: 8 yr old girl shoe size 3, Top and dress size 10 children's, pant size 12 ; 15 yr old girl shoe size 6 women's, top size XS Jr. Miss, pant size 9 Jr. miss; 18 yr old boy shoe size 9.5 mens, top medium, pants 34 waist. And grocery and gas certificate for Christmas.

Family B: 8 yr old girl shoe size 3, clothes size 8-10; 10 yr old boy shoe size 8, clothes size 12-14. Grocery and gas certificates for Christmas.

Family C: Girl 12 shoe size 13, clothes size 10; boy shoe size 5, clothes size 6-7; boy shoe size 12, clothes size 5T. Grocery and gas certificates for Christmas.

Family D: Girls age 17 and Girl age 14, they are skinny girls. Grocery and gas certificates for Christmas.

Family E: 5 children sizes coming. Grocery and gas certificates for Christmas.

Family F: 2 children sizes coming. Grocery and gas certificates for Christmas.

Family G: 3 children sizes coming. Grocery and gas certificates for Christmas.

Family H: Single Father Soldier with 3 yr old very active little boy. Grocery and gas certificates for Christmas* We have lots of other families that " are just struggling with money. Some have said they are selling things so they can buy groceries or put gas in their cars. Many are newly weds and out of work. We would love gift cards for groceries/gas also for them.

Please contact us with what you would like to donate at info@letterstosoldiers.org. Thanks Century Link employees in St. George and Josie for raising funds and shopping for one special UTNG family who's father served 12 mos in Afghanistan till May 2011 and then left in June for Iraq that was hit so hard that mom with 6 kids had no car, and helping them have a special Christmas.over 200 USAR soldiers will be leaving for Afghanistan in January that we need goods, volunteers, funds to ship them care packages early in 2012.

Letters to Soldiers is needing volunteers to help plan Operation Ensuring Christmas VI for 2012

Packaging Day for the shipping costs of the care packages, volunteers can help call companies for donations of items for the care packages including home made Christmas Stockings, decorations, school cards, treats. Utah specially made items, magazines, and other items from home listed on "Care Packages" page: and volunteers can also call for food for the packaging party, location to host the party, entertainment, video experts to film Christmas Wishes to the soldiers by volunteers and their families that will be duplicated and put into each of the care packages along with Santa photos, certificates of all kinds to give to the soldiers’ families to thank them for their sacrifices, and more. We hope to plan the event for the first week of November in time to ship the packages by the end of November in time to get to all the soldiers in Iraq by Christmas. Qwest employees of St George have offered to volunteer at the event, as well as others. If you would like to be part of this community effort please contact Letters to Soldiers at info@letterstosoldiers.org or call 802-808-4424. Utah’s Governor’s Commission on Volunteers has also listed volunteer opportunities with Letters to Soldiers under the 9/11 week of volunteering.

For the fourth year in a row, the Odyssey Dance Theatre has generously donated 100's of tickets to their amazing productions to the families of the deployed soldiers of Utah. We thank them as well as so many generous companies around Utah for giving these families sacrificing so much, (some have lost their husbands, fathers and sons), by thanking them for their great sacrifices, as well as giving them something wonderful to do with their kids while they wait the long 12 months for dad, mom, son or daughter to come home safely.

We need you, please signup to volunteer!!

 

We will be adding a Resource Links page soon and add information for disabled heroes and their families like:

Disabled Mobility Resources,
Information and Support

There are a wide range of disabled mobility resources available that provide educational insights, research data, referrals, and support to enhance the quality of life for those living with mobility challenges.

 

disabled mobility resourcesThe listing of disabled mobility resources provided below will help you find the right contact to answer questions and provide information to help you live with greater independence and enjoyment.

 

If you have had experience with other nonprofits or websites that offer free assistance and resources to advance the lives of those who are physically challenged, please let us know by clicking here.

MOBILITY RESOURCES

AbilityNet
P.O. Box 94, Warwick, Warwickshire CV34 5WS
Ph: +44 (0)1942-201621 Mob: +44 (0)7784-930159
Skype: curt_holst_abilitynet

AbleData
8630 Fenton St., #930, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Ph: 800-227-0216, Email: abledata@orcmacro.com

Alliance for Technology Access
1304 Southpoint Blvd, #240, Petaluma, CA 94954
Ph: 707-445-3011, Email: ataainfo@ataccess.org

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
1629 K St.NW, #503, Washington, DC 20006
Ph: 202-457-0046 Email: aapd@aol.com

American Paralysis Association
500 Morris Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081
Ph: 800-225-0292

American Parkinson Disease Association
1250 Hyland Blvd., Suite 4B, Staten Island, NY 10305
Ph: 800-223-2732, E-Mail: apda@apdaparkinson.org

American’s with Disabilities
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Disabled Mobility Rights Section: NYAV,
Washington, D.C. 20530Ph: 800-514-0301

Amputee Coalition of America
900 East Hill Avenue, Suite 285, Knoxville, TN 27915
Ph: 888-267-5669, www.amputee-coalition.org

Brain Injury Association
105 N. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Ph: 800-444-6443, Email: familyhelpline@biausa.org

Center for Assistive Technology
University at Buffalo
322 Stockton Kimball Tower, Buffalo, NY 14214
Ph: 800-628-2281, Email: mistrett@acsu.buffalo,.edu

Children of Aging Parents
P.O. Box 167, Richboro, PA 18954
Ph: 800-227-7294, Email: info@caps4caregivers.org

Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation
636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A, Short Hills, NJ 07078
Ph: 800-225-0292, Email: prc@crpf.org

Disabled Action Committee 4 Virginia
Founder Keith Kessler,14405 Artery Lane,#11, Dale City, VA 22193
Ph: 703-878-1737(1-6pm), Email: DAC4VA@aol.com

International Center for Disability Research on the Internet (ICDRI)
5212 Covington Bend Drive, Raleigh, NC 27613
Ph: 919-349-6661, Email:icdri@icdri.org

Mobility Advice Line - UK
Unit 7, Rotton Park Street, Edgbaston B16 0AB
Ph:0121 454 2331, Email: enquiries@mobility-advice.org.uk

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
706 Haddonfield, Road, Cherry Hills, NJ 08002
Ph: 800-532-7667, Email: mfriend@msaa.com

Muscular Dystrophy Association
300 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718
Ph: 800-572-1717, Email: mda@mdausa.org

 

National Association for Home Care
228 7th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
Ph: 202-547-7424, Email: pr@nahc.org

 

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
P.O. Box 1492, Washington, DC 20013
Ph: 800-695-0285, Email: nichcy@aed.org

National Family Caregivers Association
10400 Connecticut Ave, Suite 500, Kensington, MD 20895
Ph: 800-896-3650, Email: info@thefamilycaregiver.org

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202
Ph: 202-245-7640

National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification
Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California
3715 McClintock Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Ph: 213-740-1364, Email: homemods@usc.edu

National Spinal Cord Injury Association
1 Church Street #600, Rockville, MD 20850
Ph: 800-962-9629, Email: info@spinalcord.org

National Stroke Association
8480 Orchard Rd., #1000, Englewood, CO 80111
Ph: 800-787-6537, www.info.stroke.org

National Rehabilitation Information Center
8201 Corporate Dr., #600, Landover, MD 20785
Ph: 800-346-2742, Email: naricinfo@heitechservices.com.

Paralysis Society of America
801 18th St. NW, Washington, DC, 20006
Ph: 610-530-7083, Email: thegrims@enter.net

Paralyzed Veterans of America
801 18th St. NW, Washington DC 20006
Ph: 800-424-8200, Email: info@pva.org

Spina Bifida Association of America
4590 MacArthur Blvd. NW, #250, Washington, DC 20007
Ph: 800-621-3141, Email: sbaa@sbaa.org

The Stroke Association
240 City Road, London, EC1V 2PR
Ph: 0845 3033 100, Email: info@stroke.org.uk

Tennessee Disability Pathfinder
1114 17th Avenue South, Suite 105, Nashville, TN 37212
Ph: 800-640-INFO (4636) or 615-322-8529, Email: tnpathfinder@vanderbilt.edu

United Spinal Association
75-20 Astora Blv., Jackson Heights, NY 11370
Ph: 718-803-3782, Email: info@unitedspinal.org
 
ABILITY FIRST OF UTAH CAN HELP DISABLED PEOPLE WITH LIFTS, STAIRLIFTS AND OTHER RESOURCES
801-373-5044
 
UATP  Clay and Storee are very helpful for disabled and elderly  435-797-7412 They help with equipment technology for disabled.
 
And everyone should find a "MEDICAID  specialized Attorney and Estate Planner for low income people to prepare if they will ever need Medicaid help.  Here is the best one we have found:  IF YOUR AFFAIRS AND PLANNING FOR MEDICAID HELP ARE NOT PLANNED PROPERLY, YOU MIGHT NOT QUALIFY FOR SKILLED NURSING FOR 5 YEARS.  Mr. Lish offers free training for elderly care professionals.
Randy M. Lish, randy@creditattorney.com 801-235-9400   www.randylishlaw.com
 
Aging and Adult Services
In-Home Services

Alternatives Program

The Alternatives Program offers in-home services to persons to enable these individuals to remain in their own home for as long as possible. If these services were not available, these seniors who have health, mobility or functional limitations would not be able to continue living in their current living arrangements. The program offers a wide variety of in-home services available to adults based on an assessment of their needs.

The individual receives a comprehensive assessment by a case manager and, at times, a registered nurse, examining the client's physical, mental, social and financial status. The case manager works closely with the individual, their family, and other social and health agencies to identify service needs and the funding resources available to meet those needs.

The case manager develops and manages a comprehensive care plan of services designed to maintain the individual at home based on the assessment. Services are monitored monthly by the case manager to re-evaluate the individual's needs.

Services that may be Available

Case Management: Assessment, development of a care plan, coordination and monitoring of formal and informal services.

Homemaker Services: Assistance with supplemental homemaking activities.

Chore Services: Workers assist with minor home repair and maintenance necessary to protect the health and safety of the individual. Typical chore services include shoveling snow off walkways, clearing trash out of a yard, replacing locks, and minor plumbing repairs such as unclogging a drain.

Supportive Maintenance: Assistance with personal care needs.

Adult Day Care: Socialization, recreation and cultural activities provided in a supervised setting.

Personal Emergency Response System: An automatic telephone dialing service worn by the individual to contact family or other medical personnel in an emergency situation.

Respite Care: Short-term services to relieve persons who care for a homebound individual.


Eligibility
To be eligible to participate in the program a person must:
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be at risk of nursing home placement
  • Have health and personal needs which can be adequately met in the community within established cost limits
  • Have low income and minimal assets

Cost
Financial eligibility for the Alternatives Program is determined by the Area Agency on Aging case manager. Individuals who qualify for the program may be required to pay a small fee based on a sliding fee schedule. Donations are always appreciated.

Examples of Services Available
  • Adult Day Care
  • Residential and Nursing Facility over night stays
  • Home Health Aides
  • Homemaking
  • Home Modification
  • Rented and purchased equipment
  • Senior Companion
  • Personal Emergency Response Systems


Application or Referral
Please contact your nearest Area Agency on Aging for more information.

Medicaid Aging Waiver Program

The purpose of this program is to provide an option for people 65 and older who have medical problems to live outside of an institution. The goal is to assist seniors who meet nursing home admission requirements but wish to remain in a home setting, to do so in a safe manner. It is different from regular Medicaid because it allows special income deductions to meet their living expenses, exempts income from spouse even if they are living with them, and has a separate formula for calculation of assets. Clients receive all of the standard Medicaid benefits as well as the additional benefits of the Aging Waiver. Medicaid will recover only the cost of actual care provided from the estate of the client. Medicaid does not take the entire estate.

A client must be age 65 or older, be a resident of the State of Utah and meet both financial and medical eligibility. The core service provided by the Aging Waiver is Case Management. A Case Manager will work with the applicant throughout this process and, if the client is accepted for this program, the Case Manager will be involved in the client's plan of care as long as they remain at home with services. The role of the Case Manager is to assist with accessing community resources, authorizing use of Medicaid services, assuring quality of services provided and assuring that the health and safety needs of client are able to be met in a home setting.

In addition to Case Management, other Waiver Services that the client may qualify for include:

  • Personal Care Services (Home Health Aide or Personal Care Attendant)
  • Homemaking Services (may include cleaning, laundry, shopping, meal preparation, errands, assistance with medical appointments)
  • Chore Services
  • Non-medical Transportation
  • Emergency Response System
  • Medication Reminder System
  • Adult Day Care Services
  • In Home Caregiver Respite (limited)
  • Nursing Home Overnight Caregiver Respite (limited)
  • Home-delivered Meals
  • Companion Services
  • Medical Equipment (on a limited basis)
  • Home Modification (on a limited basis)
  • Assistance with Caregiver Training
  • Medical Card for Medications and Medical Expenses

The Aging Waiver is administered through the Department of Health Care Financing. They contract with the State Division of Aging and Adult Services for the daily operation of the program. There is a Case Management Agency for every area of the State of Utah. For information on how to inquire further about this program, please contact your local Area Agency on Aging or the State Division of Aging at 1-801-538-3910.

Legal advice: Presentations are given regularly to seniors and other professionals. Topics include avoiding scams and financial exploitation, consumer rights, end of life planning, basics of estate planning, housing options, grandparent rights, basics of benefits, and finding legal help. For more information contact Jilenne Gunther at jgunther@utah.gov or 801-538-4263
 
Our Friend "Drew Reese" disabled soldier, song writer, singer, and founder of the Warrior Worship Band that brought us a great concert with Michael W. Smith, who sings "She Stands" and "Redemption" just like him, and sang at our Operation Ensuring Christmas Concert and packaging parties tells us how he healed from PTSD:

As a Disabled Veterans suffering from PTSD, who can really "Wake Us Up?" One Army SGT finds the power in the story of John 11

Retired Army SGT Drew Reese, founder of The Warrior Worship Project shares about his story of Awakening after suffering from service connected PTSD and disabilities, and how he found strength from the story of John 11.  http://youtu.be/rjsufAGgktI  

Our newest single Always is a worship song written by Jason Ingram and Kristian Stanfill, and our version really captures the military spirit, passion and drive that we as Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Sailors have at the core. It is this drive that the Warrior Worship Project has committed to fighting the massive epidemic of Veteran/Service-member suicide that is related to PTSD and other post deployment conditions.

Each day on average 18 American Heroes are lost to suicide, and we are out to help change ...
that.

As a disabled OEF/OIF Veteran, I have personally dealt with PTSD and the deep effects that interfere with all aspects of life. It was in this deep valley that I personally found God, after a Christian Ministry group visited me at Lackland AFB while I was recovering from my injuries. It was because of this group that I experienced my "Awakening" and the healing began. (from Pastor Drew)

Our mission is to bring healing to our troops that are suffering from post deployment conditions, and we do this by focusing on the spiritual aspect of healing, and music is a pivotal part of our message. It has been proven that music has an ability to break through barriers and promote healing.

It's an "all-or-nothing" model with Kickstarter, meaning if we don't reach our goal, no one is charged. If we do reach our goal, you will be charged on Thursday Dec 20, which is 53 days from when we began.

If you haven't yet, would you consider watching our video, sharing on Facebook/Twitter, and giving any amount on our Kickstarter? You would be partnering in ministry WITH us, and you'll also receive some really cool incentives. Click on the link below!

 

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If there are additional organizations you would like to suggest for this disabled mobility reference list,  contact us at info@letterstosoldiers.org (our founder is disabled)