Why Desert Ministries

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People ask "Why Desert Ministries?" This presentation with Paul Falkowski, MA, Executive Director talks about the issues in long-term care and why volunteers are so important.

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Why Desert Ministries

  1. 1. Why Desert Ministries?<br />Paul Falkowski, Executive Director,<br />Andrew Dungan, Development/Program Director<br />Welcome!<br />
  2. 2. WhO is Desert Ministries?<br />Volunteer organization.<br />260 volunteers serving in 39 nursing homes.<br />Intergenerational volunteer groups:<br />St. Peter Claver Cristo Rey Catholic High School<br />Thanksgiving ! Lutheran Church<br />Camp Fire U.S.A.<br />Creighton University<br />University of Nebraska at Omaha<br />Christian Motorcycle Association<br />Metropolitan Community College<br />
  3. 3. Who is Desert Ministries?<br />Educational Center.<br />St. Joseph Campus is our operating center.<br />Why? <br />Two levels of long-term care.<br />Learning is experiential.<br />Located in the heart of Omaha.<br />Onsite training venue for:<br />Desert Ministries volunteers, (initial and follow-on)<br />Community partners, i.e., (St. Peter Claver).<br />
  4. 4. Who is Desert Ministries?<br />Philanthropic Initiatives.<br />Creating dual purpose, city-wide events.<br />“Christmas in Our Hearts.”<br />“Cards 4 Kids at Heart.”<br />Provide support for the frail, institutionalized elder.<br />Create exposure opportunities.<br />Creating access to existing events, (collaboration).<br />Most recently, Creighton sporting event tickets.<br />
  5. 5. Why do we need Desert Ministries?<br />Increasing resident abuse and neglect.<br />According to the best available estimates,<br />between 1 and 2 million Americans age 65<br />or older have been injured, exploited, or<br />otherwise mistreated by someone on<br />whom they depended for care or<br />protection.<br />Residents who get visitors get better care.<br />(Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect and<br />Exploitation in an Aging America. 2003.<br />Washington, DC: National Research Council Panel<br />to Review Risk and Prevalence of Elder Abuse and<br />Neglect.)<br />
  6. 6. Why do we need Desert Ministries?<br />Severe and growing staff shortages.<br />Currently at 8.1% (AANC, 2009)<br />Projected 29%<br />Poor staff training.<br />dementia patients<br />Staff burnout.<br />Turnover rates exceed 100%<br />
  7. 7. So what can Desert Ministries do?<br />Continue to mobilize the DM volunteer community.<br />DM volunteers bring stability to a chaotic environment .<br />Drives cost of care down.<br />Create more philanthropic initiatives.<br />Creates community awareness.<br />Provides exposure opportunities.<br />
  8. 8. So what can Desert Ministries do?<br />Create educational opportunities.<br />Existing workshops:<br />Communicating with the Elderly<br />Spiritual Distress<br />Ministry with the Elderly<br />Future:<br />Yolanda Bernhardt Institute for Faith and Aging.<br />Research and expanded educational opportunities.<br />
  9. 9. So where is Desert Ministries Now?<br />We have rapport among the long-term care community.<br />We know our programs work.<br />Awarded Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Grant.<br />Submitted AIM Institute Grant for new website, BUT…<br />
  10. 10. So where is Desert Ministries Now?<br />Programmatic growth is outpacing our funding!<br />Programming<br />Funding $$<br />
  11. 11. So why do we need you?<br />Network: “find and keep” <br />(new donors & partnerships).<br />Collaborate: “think and create” <br />(multiple perspectives).<br />Sustain: “build and evolve” <br />(next generation of leadership and organization).<br />
  12. 12. we need you.<br />We depend on $25 a month donors.<br />All of us doing a “little” means we can do a lot!<br />See the chart, pick a giving level and then help us, help them.<br />

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