Employees at OCES Launch “Gift Wreath” Program to Support Seniors in Need
BROCKTON AND PLYMOUTH, MA... ‘Tis the season of giving and staff members at Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) aim to make the holidays a bit brighter for seniors most in need. The team presented holiday gifts to 60 senior consumers in OCES’ service area. OCES is a non-profit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout Plymouth County and surrounding towns.
Gifts and Grocery Store Gift Cards
OCES employees are dedicated to giving back to communities in need. OCES’ Protective Services department staff kicked off the holiday season with a “Gift Wreath” program for consumers in need who may not otherwise receive a gift this year.
The Gift Wreaths, which were decorated with holiday tags listing consumers’ first names and requested gift items (such as slippers, hat/gloves, pajamas, etc.), were hung at both OCES offices. OCES employees selected tags from the wreaths, then purchased and wrapped their gifts. In honor of its 50th anniversary, OCES attached a $50.00 grocery store gift card to each present..
“We launched the Gift Wreath program with the hope of making the holidays a bit brighter for our consumers in need,” said Teresa M. Kourtz, LSW, MSG, Protective Services Director. “For the past few years, Protective Services and OCES have helped those most in need during the holidays in many ways. Last year we donated canned goods. In prior years, our outreach initiatives have included ‘Caring Cards’; donated socks for those experiencing homelessness; donated personal care items for veterans; donated to the Ronald McDonald House and more.”
OCES takes pride in giving back to the communities it serves, not only during the holidays but throughout the year by partnering with community organizations in Plymouth County and surrounding areas. OCES encourages and supports employee outreach through volunteering, donating or community service.
50 Years of Care and Collaboration
Join in celebrating OCES’ 50th anniversary by helping to make a difference with a donation to the 50 for 50 campaign in support of OCES’ Behavioral Health and Wellness program.
To make a donation online click on the Donate button. Donations may also be made by check or money order and mailed to OCES, 144 Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301.
OCES is recognized as a tax-exempt charitable corporation under section 501c3 of the IRS tax code.
OCES Volunteer Center Grand Re-Opening at 204 South Meadow Road in Plymouth will be held Wednesday, March 20, 2024 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce will co-host the event with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Click here to RSVP.
March is Social Work Month, a time for celebrating the important profession of social work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), social work is among the fastest growing professions in the United States. BLS projects that there will be almost 800,000 social workers in the United States by 2032, representing a seven percent rise over the decade.
OCES is commemorating their “50 Years of Care and Collaboration” by highlighting others who are also striving to create a better community. We urge you to nominate a colleague or organization who deserves recognition.
(OCES), the largest provider of in-home and community-based services for older adults and people living with disabilities in Plymouth County and surrounding areas in Massachusetts, is Celebrating 50 Years of Care and Collaboration in 2024.
OCES fulfilled the food insecurity needs of hundreds in the community this holiday season through their Holiday Assistance Program.
OCES provided 300 grocery gift cards, valued at $100 each, to individuals in need throughout Brockton. This was supported by a generous grant from United Healthcare and funding from OCES’ Nutrition Department.
The start of a new year is an ideal time for older adults to evaluate their financial needs.
When it comes to managing your funds, creating a budget is essential. This will show you where your money is spent each month and give you more control over it. It is important to know how much of your money goes toward rent/mortgage, utilities, food, transportation, insurance, medical, and other expenses.
‘Tis the season of giving and staff members at Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) aim to make the holidays a bit brighter for seniors most in need. The team presented holiday gifts to 60 senior consumers in OCES’ service area. OCES is a non-profit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout Plymouth County and surrounding towns.
The holidays can be a very stressful time of year. For some, it can be a time of reflection of “days gone by”, which can bring about feelings of loneliness or sadness. Older adults and individuals who are grieving may be particularly vulnerable to these feelings. The holidays may become overwhelming. As a result, some may withdraw and avoid social interaction. Although avoidance is the path of least resistance, it’s important to maintain social connections.
Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout Plymouth County and surrounding communities, has kicked off a #GivingTuesday campaign to support the expansion of the agency’s behavioral health services.