The Resource Center links our clients to agencies that provide excellent customer care and service. The Area Agency on Aging is one such exemplary resource. To serve our clients, our Liaisons work closely with local agencies, sharing information, experience and resources on a variety of age-related subjects. For over a decade, SE Ohio Liaison, DeAnna Kinney, has worked with Pat Lake, Caregiver Education Coordinator (pictured) at the Area Agency on Aging Region 9, on caregiver resources and referrals for services such as respite, education and linkage to local support groups. The relationship that exists between the OMH Resource Center and the Area Agency on Aging has allowed for a broader range of services for our clients as well as faster response times to referrals and requests for assistance. With Pat’s vast professional experience and knowledge of caregiver issues, she has been the “go to” person when seeking support for clients who are caring for a spouse, parent, family member or friend. Pat, along with the AAA9 team, specialize in support for the unpaid caregiver. They also offer additional programs such as PASSPORT and Care Coordination.
The Resource Center’s partnership continues to flourish with AAA9, as they now have a new volunteer program run by Misty Smith, Volunteer Coordinator, (pictured right) who has reached out to us for information about our Masonic Volunteer Program in order to help with start-up and growth of their volunteer efforts.
The Masonic Volunteer Program presently has 10 masonic districts represented with MVP Committees comprised of over 200 volunteers. The Resource Center is grateful for all their support and service on behalf of our clients and we look forward to growing the number of districts having MVP Committees in the new year.