Affectionate Arms holding annual fundraiser

Sonny Long

Sept. 16, 2010 at 4:16 a.m.



Affectionate Arms Adult Day Care not only assists the elderly and disabled, but provides a needed service to their caregivers.

"We take care of people that need the most care," said Mary Garcia, facilities director. "We are a health care provider, not a baby-sitting service."

Garcia emphasized that the facility is equally important to the caregivers whose loved ones use its services.

"I need the community to know that we are a needed service, not only for our clients, but the caregivers themselves," Garcia said. "They need a break. They need to be able to go to work. That's where we come in. Our job stops at 5:30, but their's continues."

A nonprofit organization, Affectionate Arms' annual fundraiser is Sunday at the Catholic War Veterans' Hall, 1007 S. Main St.

"We really need people to come out," Garcia said. "We rely on donations to operate. Right now, we need our roof repaired, we need new carpet, we need a new washing machine. We can't do it without community support."

The facility also employs a full-time licensed vocational nurse and a part-time registered nurse, an activities director and a dietician, among other staff members. It also provides curb-to-curb transportation if needed for clients.

Affectionate Arms Adult Day Care serves a hot meal at lunch for its clients, as well as provides others activities designed especially for its clients.

The fundraiser includes a meal of carne guisada, rice and beans for $6, served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be a silent auction and a live auction at 11:30 a.m.

The event marks the beginning of National Adult Day Care Week.



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