Operation Independence 2017

We are writing to ask for your help. You may be wondering "why"? Your gift is necessary to help seniors remain independent, active, and happy. The annual Operation Independence campaign helps us achieve that goal.

JUDY, Ralph & Grandkids

JUDY, Ralph & Grandkids

One very important service that helps people remain independent, in their homes, is the Family Caregiver program. This year we visited with Judy Knode, a caregiver, to find out why this program is so important.

When Judy’s husband Ralph’s health was in decline, she was his sole caregiver. She recalls this time saying "When I was caregiving on my own I realized not only is it very lonely, but you don’t know where to turn."

It was at this time that one of her friends recommended Stella Montano’s Family Caregiver Support Group. "I had no clue which direction to go in and Stella pointed the way."

The Family Caregiver program helped her find a hospital bed when she needed one through the Family Caregiver’s Loan Closet, which lends out all sorts of assistive equipment. Stella was able to provide many other resources and worked in cooperation with other organizations, like the V.A., to help Judy give her husband the best care possible.

Previously only aware of the Meals program, Judy didn’t understand or appreciate the services the Senior Center,now known as The Hub, offered until she realized she needed them. Now Judy feels the community needs to be more informed about all of the wonderful services The Hub provides and always recommends The Hub when people need help.

Stella providing support to judy as a caregiver

Stella providing support to judy as a caregiver

When asked for her thoughts on Operation Independence and the need for fundraising, Judy says "These programs are so important to older people. They’re also important to their families" mentioning other programs like Day Break. She continues saying "They’re doing a wonderful job growing that facility", speaking of The Hub's current expansion project to make it possible to serve many more people in the coming years.

All of this wouldn’t be possible without the community’s support. We need friends like you, to help us reach older adults and provide independence throughout Sheridan County. This is truly a community campaign for all of us!

Please consider a gift to The Hub today. Your support, no matter the size, will help us to sustain Family Caregiver services and other essential services for seniors.



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Carmen Rideout

Executive Director


I had no clue which direction to go in and Stella pointed the way.
— Judy Knode., Operation Independence feature story

Did you know that private donations, from individuals like you, foundations, and other community partners, make operations at The Hub possible? To continue our work, over $500,000 needs to be raised every year. How can you help?

Whether it's through an annual giving campaign, like Operation Independence or Holiday Spirit, there are plenty of opportunities to give back. Perhaps you are interested in giving to our endowment, which secures funding for The hub well into the future. Currently, our Celebrating Generations & Building Community Campaign has set a "10 in 10" goal, meaning we are wanting to build our endowment to $10 million in 10 years! Some may be curious about giving a capital gift to the CG&BC campaign and project! Endowment and CG&BC gifts have various recognition opportunities, as well. Maybe you are curious about planned giving, which includes donations of stocks and bonds, monetary gifts and pledges, life insurance, or estate and willed gifts. 

Whatever method you may be considering when you give to The Hub, we are willing to work with you and financial advisers to make sure your gift is utilized how you like! We value every single gift made to The Hub, and thank every donor for their generosity and selflessness. 

Feeling ready to donate? Click the "Ready to Donate" button below to be taken to our secure online donation form!

At The Hub, we believe that gifts can come in other ways too! Looking to make a time contribution? Visit our Volunteer page!

Would you like more information about contributing to The Hub? Fill out this simple form and our Development Director, Rindy West, will contact you!

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