News and Tribune

November 12, 2012




Hosparus seeking volunteers

Hosparus Southern Indiana needs volunteers who live in Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington counties.

Hosparus will offer free volunteer training from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1 at its New Albany office, 624 E. Market St. Lunch will be provided.

To register or for more information, contact Vonya Gresham at or 812-542-2809.  

Volunteers help with patient and family support, administrative duties and development/fundraising. Hosparus carefully selects volunteers and provides them with comprehensive training specially designed to meet the needs of patients and families. Hosparus volunteers must have available transportation and complete training and an application process.

Program gets gifts for seniors

Be a Santa to a Senior, the popular campaign that in nine years delivered thousands of gifts to local needy seniors, is being planned again this holiday season as older adults continue to face poverty and loneliness.

The area office of the Home Instead Senior Care network is joining Pleasant Ridge Elementary, Jonathan Jennings Elementary in Charlestown and Walmart to provide gifts and companionship to seniors who otherwise might not receive either.

People can pick up ornaments with the first names of seniors and their gift requests from Christmas trees, which will be up at the Walmart stores located at 2910 Grant Line Road, New Albany, and 1351 Veterans Pkwy., Clarksville, from Nov. 15 through Dec. 10. Buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornaments attached. Hundreds of the presents will be placed into gift bags decorated by the schools.

For more information about the program, visit or call 502-448-1511 or 812-948-9770.

Brain injury group to meet

The November meeting of the Southern Indiana Traumatic Brain Injury Foundation will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Education Conference Room at Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital, 3401 Blackiston Blvd., New Albany.

All survivors, family, friends or anyone else that has an interest are invited to attend. For more information call 502-819-2542.


Hospice to help vets Wednesday

Amedisys Hospice Services in Jeffersonville will receive its four star recognition for its outreach with the national We Honor Veterans campaign Wednesday. The recognition ceremony notes that the organization has increased access and improved quality of care for veterans in the community.

We Honor Veterans a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization that works in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs to recognize the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families and guide them through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending, according to the organization’s website. By partnering with We Honor Veterans, local companies learn how to provide quality care for veterans, strengthen partnerships with VA and other Veteran organizations, increase access to hospice care and network with other hospices across the country to learn about best practice models.

Amedisys will be recognized for reaching the four star level at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at its location at 305 Quartermaster Court, in Jeffersonville. Representatives from the company will be on hand to assist veterans with questions they may have about services that are available to them.

Hospital offering quit-smoking kits

Clark County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition, a program of Clark Memorial Hospital, will observe Great American Smoke Out by handing out free quit kits from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the lobby of Clark Memorial Hospital. 1220 Missouri Avenue, Jeffersonville.

For more information call 812-285-5877.


Sign up for Christmas assistance

The Salvation Army, 2300 Green Valley Road, New Albany, will be taking applications for Christmas assistance — food, clothing and toys — through Friday, Nov. 16. The applications will be taken from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. In addition applications will also be taken on Thursday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m.

The program is for residents of Floyd, Clark, Scott, Washington and Crawford Counties.

Those applying will need to bring proof of rent, proof of all income, proof of address, I.D. of each person in the household, proof of date of birth on all children and sizes for children through age 16.

For more information call 812-944-1018.


Church hosting entertainment duo

Lighthouse United Methodist Church, 8270 Beach St. Southeast in Elizabeth, is hosting columnist-humorist Jonathan Richard Cring and artist/musician Janet Clazzy during their “2012: Six Words Tour.”

The event will begin at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the church. For more information, call the church at 812-969-2463.