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NONPROFIT WISH LIST: Older Adult Rural Services

Older Adult Rural Services, part of Community Resource Centers of Texas, is in need of monetary donations in 2019.

When temperatures in the Highland Lakes hit triple digits, a fan is a much-needed commodity. But for many retirees and older residents on fixed incomes, it’s a luxury they can’t afford.

To meet the need, Older Adult Rural Services holds a fan drive.

OARS, part of Community Resource Centers of Texas, serves and advocates for Highland Lakes residents ages 55 and older. Started in 2005, it provides equipment and assistance related to health, housing, legal issues, utilities and gas money, medical prescriptions, and other living necessities.

“We want to help older adults maintain their quality of life,” said Donna Klaeger, senior vice president of Community Services at the Marble Falls Community Resource Center. “A lot of things (fall) through the cracks. Different insurance companies won’t cover different things.”

To continue to provide the services, however, OARS needs monetary donations, which are tax-deductible. Assistance is given if the money is available. The goal is to raise $20,000 with all of it going back to meet the needs of these Highland Lakes residents.

Some donations can be earmarked for specific parts of the OARS program, Klaeger said.

Community Resource Centers of Texas works with the Capital Area Planning Council of Governments and AARP, she said.

“We aren’t an ongoing service,” she said. “We fill in the gaps to help them get from one place to another. We connect people with services.”

Klaeger and Community Resource Centers of Texas are gearing up for a busy 2019, including the Elder Care Fair, which showcases services in the Highland Lakes available for older residents.

“We’ll have the private and public sectors all coming together in one place,” Klaeger said.

Also on her tasks list is creating a transportation voucher program to transport those unable to drive to appointments and on other errands.

Contact the Marble Falls Community Resource Center at (830) 693-0700 for more information about OARS.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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