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Dec2011 Messenger - Holiday Celebrations Messenger - Masonic Homes of California

Dec2011 Messenger - Holiday Celebrations Messenger - Masonic Homes of California

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To all those Freemason family and friends who celebrate - Merry Christmas this week to all !
To all those Freemason family and friends who celebrate - Merry Christmas this week to all !

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 December 2011 
Masonic Outreach Services
Written by Christina DrislaneAssociate Director of MOSAs of November 1, 2011, Masonic Outreach Services is helping 244 people to securehousing, medical care, medications, food, and other necessities. Of those 244 people, 175receive financial support and 69 receive assistance by way of case management and resourcenavigation.Masonic Outreach Services is comprised of three different areas, Masonic Assistance/ Central Intake, Masonic Senior Outreach Services and Masonic Family Outreach Services.These services were developed to provide assistance to Masons, wives and widows of Masonsand mothers of Masons who do not live in one of the Masonic Homes. While the lodges remainthe first resource for assistance, many lodges do not have either the financial resources or thesocial services experience to navigate the changing landscape of programs and servicesavailable in the community. Masonic Outreach Services provide case management, andfinancial assistance to help those experiencing situational or lifelong challenges to explore theiroptions create a plan.Everything begins with a call to Masonic Assistance / Central Intake. There, the staff will listen to the caller’s concerns and provide information on Masonic Outreach Services andthe Masonic Homes, as well as any other resources or referrals that they can locate quickly inthe area. If more assistance is needed, they will be put in contact with a Care manager fromMasonic Outreach Services to assist them with their concerns. The Central Intake / MasonicAssistance staff also initiates the process for all applications for either of the Masonic Homes orMasonic Senior and Family Outreach Services.Masonic Senior Outreach Services serves those in the community who are over the ageof sixty. Case management can be provided immediately, while there is an application processfor those who request financial assistance. In order to qualify for financial assistance, theapplicant must be a Mason, or widow of a Mason, or a mother of a Mason. The associatedMason must be in good standing with his lodge for the preceding five year period, or was ingood standing with his lodge for at least five years prior to his death. A staff member meetswith all applicants to discuss expenses and income, and works with the applicant to create aplan to move forward after all of the application documents have been submitted. The final stepin this process is for staff to present the request for assistance to a committee made up of 
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 Messenger—December 2011—Page 2
M
essage
rom
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he
Executive Director
Dixie Reeve
Somehow, not only for the holiday season, but all year through, the joy we give to others is the joy that returns to us. The more we allspend in blessing and gratitude, the more our hearts possesshappiness.
 
Happy Holidays!
Dixie 
 
Holiday EventsDecember 5
 th
Tree Lighting with CookieSampling / Auditorium / 2:00 pmDecember 8
 th
Resident Holiday DinnerMain Dining Room / 5:00 pmDecember 13
 th
Annual Tree Lighting5:00 pmDecember 19
 th
East Bay PM & PPChristmas Party / Auditorium / 1:30pmDecember 31
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New Year’s Eve PartyAuditorium / 11:00 pm
 
 
 Messenger—December 2011—Page 3
The Chaplain’s Corner
by Chaplain Joel Ingram
It’s December and time for so many Holiday Celebrations! So this month’s “Chaplain’s Corner”is dedicated to all that’s going on in connection to Pastoral Care this year.First is our
Christmas Eve Service
. Our planning meeting for this event will be on Thursday,December 8
th
at 10:00 a.m. In the past, our program has included special readings by residentsand staff, a Christmas Hymn sing-a-long, a retelling of the Story of the Nativity and lightrefreshments. No matter what our program entails this year one thing is for sure, we’d like tohave you join us! The Service will be on December 24
th
(a Saturday night) at 6:30 pm in theAuditorium. Mark your calendars and join us. Won’t you?Next, is our
Annual Adopt-A-Family Program
. This year, we will again be providing aspecial Christmas for six families in our immediate community. We make every effort to makesure we’re choosing families that would not have much of a Christmas, but for our assistance.We typically purchase 1 or 2 practical gifts per person (including mom and dad) along with 1 or2 gifts of choice. For example: a pair of shoes, a pair of jeans and a scooter. There are manythings residents can do to be a part of this worthwhile project. These include:
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Santa’s Helpers
: Signing up to be a “Santa’s Helper”. Helpers work in teams of at least twoand purchase gifts for one of our families. Resident “helpers” should have their owntransportation and be physically up to the hussle and tussle of holiday shopping. If you’dlike to be one of “Santa’s Helpers” (we need at least 12 helpers), please sign up on thesignup sheets by the mailroom or contact me by phone directly at extension 26424.
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Gift Wrapping
: Join us for our Gift Wrapping Party. On December 21
st
at 6:30 pm we’ll bewrapping up all the gifts for our families. We’ll be meeting in the Auditorium and have lightrefreshments. Bring your own scissor/tape if you can. Come join us… its lots of fun!
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Financial Support
: As you can imagine, it takes money to make this program successfuleach year. But for special cases, we spend less than $100 per person/per family. This means,we spend approximately $30 per family for food, and for a family of four we will spend nomore than $370 for all the rest. Many times, the requests we receive include a “family” giftas well, such as dishes or a blanket for the sofa. Six families of four make a budget of $2400plus wrapping paper, decorative bags and such. We will be “tracking” our donations for theyear on Channel 15. You should have received a donation letter in your mailboxes alreadybut if not, just wait – it’s coming. Donations can be dropped off at:
“What’s Cooking...
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