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Active Re-Entry United Way Funds

United Way funds assist Active Re-Entry in a number of ways:

1) PERKIE Travels: daily transportation from Carbon and Emery Counties for cancer patients in need of radiation treatments. Castleview Hospital provides chemotherapy treatments, but the closest facility for radiation is in Provo. Eighty percent (80%) of the funds for this program come from the Susan G. Komen Foundation- SLC Affiliate, but the rest comes from United Way, and other local contributors.

2) Assistive Technology and Loan Bank Equipment and Repairs: monies are used to purchase simple AT devices (grabbers, bathroom bars) as well as repair AT equipment of low-income individuals with disabilities (batteries for scooters and wheelchairs, tires) and other types of equipment.

3) P.A.W.S.: P.A.W.S. volunteer handler/animal teams are trained to work in a wide range of care-giving facilities including hospitals, special needs classrooms, long term care facilities, as well as many other settings. These teams bring the healing power of the human animal bond to help children and adults who have experienced emotional and physical trauma, developmental changes, substance abuse, and even terminal illness. These funds are used to support the volunteers with uniform shirts, develop a PAWS calendar, and honor them with an annual pin and reception.

Some of the other services and programs Active Re-Entry provides include:

Older Blind program: a program for those 55 and older providing education in adaptive techniques and devices, low vision clinics, peer support groups, orientation and mobility training, and information about the programs and services available. Support groups are offered in Vernal, Roosevelt, Duchesne, Carbon, Emery and Grand Counties. Low vision clinics are provided in each of these communities as well as four sites in San Juan County.

Caregivers Support Group and annual conference. Monthly support groups for family members, friends, neighbors or professionals who provide care for individuals. Group members share ideas, gain support, and get a chance to talk with others in similar circumstances. Guest speakers present topics on legal issues, assistive technology, home health care, hospice, and medical research to name a few. The meetings are held the last Wednesday of the month. A conference in the spring is held each year.

Grief Support Group: Active Re-Entry and Rocky Mountain Hospice offer a monthly Grief Support Group. This meeting is open to anyone who is dealing with the loss of a loved one. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at 3:30.

Assistive Technology Program: conducting evaluations and assessments regarding the best type of assistive technology for an individual (ex. would an electric wheelchair work well or a scooter- what type/size etc). Assistance is provided whether the individual is utilizing State funds, Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.

AT Loan Bank: equipment that, when available, is loaned to individuals with disabilities who are awaiting their own equipment, or wish to see if a particular piece of equipment might benefit them.

ADA Technical Assistance and Facility Evaluations: advice and consultation to individuals, businesses, and the community on the Americans with Disabilities Accessibility Guidelines.

Active Access Support Group: a peer support group of individuals wishing to become more involved and become more aware of community issues.

Nursing Home Transition and Diversion program: provide people who receive long-term care in nursing homes more options to living independently in the community. The Nursing Home Transition program works with individuals to assist them in making the decisions to move and live up the necessary community based supports as well as work to keep those that choose to remain living in the community, out of a nursing home.

Senior Advocate: working to protect resident's rights in nursing homes, residential care facilities, and adult foster care by voicing and resolving the concerns which many elderly encounter in these facilities.

Personal Disability Waiver: a program which assists individuals with disabilities to obtain personal care attendants to assist them in living in their own home.

IL Skills training: consumers participate in numerous social and recreational activities within the community. Classes such as Diabetes cooking classes, Diabetes cooking classes in Spanish, budgeting classes; accessible fishing, and other get togethers.

Scooter/Wheelchair training: work with individuals who utilize scooters and wheelchairs in learning the safest means of travel. Also works with the local communities in establishing safe routes for the use of these pedestrian vehicles through the community.

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