Home-bound residents often depend on delivery of their meals while recovering from an accident or an illness. Here's the story of District resident Tom Quinn who was discharged from the hospital for a hip and ankle fracture. He found it hard to get around and could not maneuver the steps to his apartment. He’s making it work with “Home-Delivered Meals,” a program offered by the D.C. Office on Aging. Tom feels good about people doing something for everyone. He calls it charitable motivation.
“I have faith and I am happy,” says Bernice Bowman. Every morning her caretaker helps with her bath and meal preparation. Once a month through the District’s Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) they purchase basic food products like cheese, juices, cereal, canned vegetables, applesauce and other items. Bernice is willing to help others, too. “You never know who will come to you and need something to eat,” she says.
Mary says that “volunteer” is her middle name. “I’m a volunteer talk-show host and an advocate for a healthcare program in the District of Columbia and I’m a senior citizen.” She’s also retired and lives on a fixed income. When she was in her mid 60s she connected with a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) and it made a big difference in her life. Mary worked with a DC agency that helped her sign up for Social Security and qualify for SNAP.
In 2015, Capital Pride celebrates its 40th year in the nation’s capital. Embracing Pride year-round is what local organizers are promoting. Capital Pride Week is June 3 -14, 2015. In 1975 Capital Pride was a one-day block party for a few hundred people. With the theme "Have Pride 365" Capital Pride is a non-profit organization that produces one of the largest LGBTQ Pride celebrations in the country, according to the official 2015 Pride Guide. That’s growth!
Emancipation Day is a holiday in Washington DC to mark the anniversary of the signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act, which president Abraham Lincoln signed on April 16, 1862. It is annually observed on April 16. AARP DC will be closed on this District holiday.
Carter G. Woodson, Ph.D., was born to former slaves in 1875. His parents, Anne Eliza (Riddle) and James Henry Woodson, could neither read nor write. Instead of going to school, he stayed home and worked the family farm in New Canton, Va. Having largely taught himself, he didn’t attend high school until he was 20 years old.
A chilly, damp night in early December didn’t keep people away from Takoma Station Tavern in northwest Washington, DC where AARP members, prospective members and friends gathered to celebrate the holiday season with an evening of "Networking with All That Jazz". The AARP DC experience featured jazz musician, entrepreneur, and Washington, DC native Marcus Johnson and his ensemble. The jazz group provided the entertainment with original music from Johnson's vast repertoire plus some unique stylings of familiar holiday tunes.
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