Affectionate Arms reaching out to community

Sonny Long

Oct. 25, 2012 at 5:25 a.m.

Mary Garcia

Mary Garcia

Affectionate Arms needs a hug from the community.

The adult day care center is holding its annual carne guisada plate fundraiser Sunday and is seeking support from the Victoria community.

"This fundraiser is vital to help us cover operating expenses," said director Mary Garcia, who has run the facility since it opened in 1990. "We are funded primarily by grants and private donations, so we depend on this fundraiser to help us continue to serve our clients and families."

Affectionate Arms, 3802 John Stockbauer Drive, offers a place for the elderly and for disabled adults, 18 and older, to go during the day, often also giving much needed relief to family caregivers.

"By helping the client, we help the family. When we take care of their family member, they know their relative is in a safe setting," said Garcia.

The center is more than a sitting service.

A certified activities director keeps clients busy with a variety of activities including outings and current affairs discussions. Transportation is also provided to and from the center.

Garcia said she is proud of the professionalism and longevity of her staff that includes, in addition to the activities director, a full-time LVN, part-time RN and certified dietician.

"Most of them have been here for many years. We don't have a lot of turnover. Our clients get to know our staff," Garcia said. "Our clients also get to come here and interact with their peers, be part of a group and form friendships. It's like a family. We all look after each other."

A hot lunch catered by DeTar Healthcare System is served daily and an afternoon snack provided.

Sunday's fundraiser at Ventura's Tamales, 3907 N. Navarro St., will also include a bake sale, live entertainment and a silent auction. Donations for the silent auction continue to be accepted.

Garcia is aware that all nonprofit agencies and organizations are in need and appreciates the community support.

"I think the need is more evident now than ever because of the economy," she said. "We all need help. And we all help each other. We're all here together. This is our community."



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