President’s Point – February 2019

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Mark D. Baldino

It’s always gratifying when those we help acknowledge the caring and kindness they’ve experienced from Elder Care Services. The following letter from Sister Sharon, a resident of Kenwood Place was received at the beginning of January and because we work so closely with all of our supporters, I thought you might enjoy reading it too.

Greetings, hoping this letter of joy finds you and your staff in good health and lots of joy this new year. I just want to send Happy New Year's greetings and thank you for helping us at Kenwood Place. 

Elder Care has helped us get residents into the Meals on Wheels program, allowed us to come down as a group to the pantry, and those that did not know your location now know. A special thanks for remembering us for the winter vegetable program distribution. This is a plus as many cannot get to your location, and you delivered. What a blessing! 

We cannot pay you. But, we can wish you Well, Peace, Love, and lots of JOY in the New Year!!!

Thank you again,
Sis. Sharon

Elder Care’s participation in MLK Day of Dialogue – Cascades Park 2019

Elder Care also celebrated Martin Luther King’s Birthday in January. Much has been written about MLK,  but there were things he did that I didn’t know before and feel compelled to share with you. These facts demonstrate the leadership and compassion of one of our greatest humanatarians.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. was the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
  • There are more than 730 streets in the United States named after Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • He started his college education at Morehouse College at fifteen. After receiving a degree in sociology, he earned a divinity degree from Crozer Seminary and a doctoral degree in theology from Boston University
  • In his first major civil rights action, Martin Luther King, Jr. led the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The boycott lasted for over a year. Martin was arrested and his house was bombed. In the end, Martin prevailed & segregation on the Montgomery buses came to an end.
  • In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. helped to organize the famous "March on Washington.” Over 250,000 people attended this march in an effort to show the importance of civil rights legislation.
  • It was at this march where Martin gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. The March on Washington was a great success. The Civil Rights Act was passed a year later in 1964.
  • According to the King Center, the civil rights leader went to jail 29 times. He was arrested for acts of civil disobedience and on trumped-up charges, such as when he was jailed in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1956 for driving 30 miles per hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone.
  • George Washington is the only other American to have his birthday observed as a national holiday. In 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill that created a federal holiday to honor King. The holiday, first commemorated in 1986, is celebrated on the third Monday in January, close to MLK’s January 15 birthday.

We are always pleased to hear from those we help and proud to recognize Martin Luther King last month. We celebrate his legacy every day through our work with your help at Elder Care Services.
Thanks for all you continue to do, enabling us to care for those who now need us most!

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Mark D. Baldino
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baldinom@ecsbigbend.org
(850) 245-5930


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