The Masonic Senior Services honored volunteers of the I-CARE program with a luncheon held at the Raven’s Glenn Italian restaurant and winery in West Lafayette, Ohio. Approximately 80 volunteers from the I-CARE program representing ten Masonic districts were recognized for their time and efforts. Michael Puskarich, president of the Ohio Masonic Home, spoke about the three Masonic homes and the origin of the I-CARE program. He also thanked the volunteers for their numerous hours and endless commitment to the Program’s client.
The Masonic Senior Services and the I-CARE committee have worked hard together to enlighten Masons, wives, and Widows as well as Eastern Star members, age 65 and older about the services that the I-CARE program provides.
The I-CARE program sponsored by the Masonic Senior Services has nothing to do with individuals’ eyes or their vision; but they do have a vision and it is as follows:
The Masonic Senior Services of Ohio Corporation is addressing the aging needs of Brethren and their wives and widows through a committee referred to as the I-CARE committee. I-CARE stands for: Independence through Coordination of community and governmental services. Assistance with applications, making connections with service providers, and solving problems in those
connections. Referral to agencies offering resources or support Education on issues related to accessing services and dealing with senior related issues.
Any Mason, wife, Widow, or Eastern Star member in the state of Ohio can go on line to www.freemason.com and click on the I-CARE link, or to www.mssohio.org. You may also contact any Mason or OES and they will direct you to an I-CARE Coordinator in your local area, for information and assistance.
I-CARE Coordinators are picture above in front of the vineyards at Raven’s Glenn. Left to right, Liz Witter, DeAnna Kinney, Jan Rookard, and Mary Jane Bates.