Paul Willis, AAAWM Financial Director, To Retire
AAAWM Financial Director Paul Willis will retire at the end of 2015 after 16 years with the agency.
"Paul has significantly improved our budgeting process and our finance department has grown stronger under his direction," says Tom Czerwinski, AAAWM Executive Director. "Paul will be greatly missed and we wish him the best in his retirement."
Dan Travis will assume the role of Financial Director on January 1, 2016. "Dan has worked as the Assistant Finance Director under Paul for six years and is well prepared to take over these new responsibilities," says Czerwinski.
"Due to Paul's dedication and hard work, the agency is in a strong financial position and I'm confident Dan will continue in this same capacity."
Office Closed for Thanksgiving
AAAWM will be closed Thursday, November 26 through Friday, November 27, 2015 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will re-open on Monday, November 30, 2015. We hope you have a safe holiday and encourage you to thank a family caregiver this season for the dedication they have to helping seniors and individuals with disabilities in our community.
AAAWM Mourns Loss of Laurie Egeland, Longtime Employee
On November 7, 2015, Laurie Day Egeland RN, AAAWM RN Manager, passed away. Laurie had been at the agency for over 18 years where she worked quietly behind the scenes to help thousands of older adults and individuals with disabilities live in their own homes. Supervising a team of 24 Registered Nurses, Laurie helped to build the Care Management program into what it is today. Over the last year, Laurie spearheaded the effort for CARF accreditation (a prestigious international accreditation) and secured this distinction for the agency. Her efforts over the last 18 years have helped position the agency as a leader in home and community based programs in our community and in the state.
But more than that, Laurie was a cheerful presence who regularly had a smile on her face. She was passionate about people and stated that her favorite part of her job was the people she worked with. She had a kind heart and was a known dog lover around the office. As a supervisor, she always made her staff feel supported and cared for. As a co-worker, Laurie was known for both her dedication and her compassion for others. Laurie was married to her best friend Eric for 34 years and they enjoyed traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
The family has encouraged people to consider making a donation in her memory to Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan or to the Humane Society of West Michigan. For more information on how to donate to AAAWM, click here.
For more information, including memorial service details, visit http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?n=laurie-j-day-egeland&pid=176470139
AAAWM Accepting Hearing Services Proposals for 2016
AAAWM is accepting Proposals for Hearing Services for 2016 Kent County Senior Millage funds. There is $85,000 that is available for Hearing Services, specifically in three service categories (Adaptive Equipment, Hearing Aid Assistance, and Specialized Hearing Services.) Proposals are required for all new agencies, as well as for current millage funded agencies who wish to add a new service. The Proposal is due to AAAWM no later than 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 29, 2015. Click here to access the Proposal form or click here to access general infomration about the proposal..
There will be a Proposer Workshop to answer any questions about the Proposal on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the AAAWM conference room A at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI. Questions can be submitted prior to the meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions will not be answered outside this meeting; however, answers to any submitted questions will be shared. Please do not ask AAAWM Contract Coordinators any direct questions, as they are unable to respond to individual inquiries.
The Proposals will be reviewed by the Kent County Millage Review Committee (KCMRC) and the proposing organization will be required to give a short presentation to the KCMRC on January 8, 2016. If funded, services are expected to start February 1, 2016.
AAAWM Office Closed November 11
In observance of Veterans Day, our office will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. We will resume normal business hours on Thursday, November 12, 2015
Annual Giving Tree Accepting Donations
Christmas may only be 65 days away, but donations for our Annual Giving Tree are due in just 43 days! Our Annual Giving Tree project provides our program participants with a special gift during the holiday season. Many of these older adults and individuals with disabilities have limited informal support from family and friends and are so grateful when they open up their gift. Monetary donations, Meijer, and Wal-Mart gifts cards ($20 or $25 amounts) must be mailed or delivered to our office (3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525) by December 3rd. Thank you so much for thinking of our clients this holiday season!
Kent County Senior Millage Proposals Presentations
The Kent County Millage Review Committee (KCMRC) heard funding requests this week from all agencies requesting 2016 Kent County Senior Millage funding. Agencies presented Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and the committee will make their funding recommendations at the end of the week. These recommendations will then be presented to the Area Agency on Aging Executive Committee and the Kent County Board of Commissioners.
Office Closed for Labor Day
In observance of Labor Day, the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michgian office will be closed on Monday, September 7th. We will re-open on Tuesday, September 8.
Community Resource and Volunteer Fair
Senior Leadership Grand Rapids will be hosting a Community Resource and Senior Volunteer Fair on Friday September 11, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Public Library Ryerson Auditorium (111 Library Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503).
The event will include free refreshments and parking in an Open House type format featuring as many as 30 different community organizations. Information on community resources and volunteer opportunities will be available.
Email: email@example.com and put "Senior Leadership" in the subject line. Please include your name, address and phone number.
Phone: (616) 222-7042
The mission of Senior Leadership Grand Rapids is to develop and empower mature adults to assume leadership roles that contribute to the well-being of the community.
The Senior Leadership Grand Rapids program is in the process of transitioning from the Grand Rapids Community College Older Learner Center to the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan.
AAAWM Receives 3 year CARF Accreditation
We are pleased to announce that AAAWM has been accredited by CARF for a period of three years for Case Management and Home and Community Services for our in-home care programs. This accreditation demonstrates that AAAWM has made a specific commitment to put the needs of our clients at the center of everything we do.
AAAWM staff had been working diligently for months to prepare the agency for the accreditation process which included documenting procedures and evaluating current policies. All of this hard work culminated in an on-site visit from a team of CARF surveyors in June.
CARF stated in its accreditation decision, “On balance, AAAWM demonstrates that it possesses a sincere and highly collaborative approach to meeting the CARF standards. The organization is recognized in the community as a reliable and valuable resource. It has a committed leadership and management team that values longevity of the organization’s staff. The organization is encouraged to continue the commitment to the successful and ongoing implementation of the CARF standards into the fabric of service to persons served in their community."
CARF said, “AAAWM has strengths in many areas.” Here are a few of the noted strengths:
- Exceptional commitment to meeting the needs of persons served
- Consistent excellent audit scores from multiple state agencies
- Strong financial controls and position allow AAAWM to focus on meeting present and future needs with confidence
- Physical space is light and airy with well designed, private offices and welcoming office spaces
- Board is proud of its involvement and feels well informed and engaged
- Staff members have years of experience with AAAWM and in the field of aging services
CARF Accreditation is official recognition that AAAWM is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices. CARF International is a nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. Its goal is to ensure that persons served remain at the center of the service delivery process. For more information on CARF, visit http://www.carf.org