James came to the Resource Center a few years ago. He originally called looking for resources for home health care after being in the hospital for an extended period of time. Through the Ohio Masonic Home Resource Center, he was connected to a home care agency, and also provided a food card to replace groceries that had gone bad once he returned home from his lengthy hospital stay.
A Resource Center Liaison, DeAnna Kinney, was able to help connect James with local resources, including food and other material needs. She built a relationship with him, enabling her to guide him through several incidents that required additional financial support. Through all of this, DeAnna noticed that he had trouble hearing. They had been discussing hearing aids for quite some time and James finally decided to try them. He said the hearing aids opened up a “whole new world” for him. James said he now is able to talk on the phone and attend family gatherings again! And, he noted that having his new hearing aids has even made him a safer driver.
Throughout SE Ohio, we have started making calls, reaching out to all masons to share information on our services and let them know that we are here to assist them with everything from linkage to local assistance programs to reconnection with their Lodge. Like James, who is now planning to start attending Lodge meetings again and reconnect with his Brothers, we are here to be an advocate and a support
If you would like to reach one of our Liaisons, please contact our resource center at