Yesterday I sat for the first time at a table of twenty-five community leaders who are protecting and supporting the most vulnerable in our local community North of Boston. The group is comprised of state social service agency representatives, and a few private and non-profit provider representatives.
I was the first person to arrive at the lunch meeting and was warmly greeted by Patricia Cox, the group coordinator. Patricia talked about the group as progressive and forward-thinking, which made my heart happy.
I was deeply moved to be a representative from the family caregivers who are providing 80% of long-term care for our elders and loved ones with disabilities, who never would know about or have the time to sit in a seat at such a meeting. It was a crossing-over of sorts, into a world that talked about Personal Care Attendant organizing, rights, and legislation efforts; ASAPS, ILCs and COAs; DDS, DMR, DMH; Section Q referral program; MobilityLinks program; Incorporation of the ADRCGNS as unique and special among the state-wide ADRCs.
I look forward to learning more about the helpful resources that the federal and state-funded agencies are providing our community members, as I attend future ADRCGNS meetings as a collaborative community partner.
Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,