Welcome to Mature Services
Keeping pace with the changing needs of older adults since 1975.
Now accepting nominations for the inaugural SOAR Awards!
On May 23, 2017, Mature Services will be hosting the first annual Summit Oscars for Aging Resources Awards or SOAR at the Tangiers in Akron. Created as a way to recognize the leaders of Summit County who work diligently to support the needs of aging adults, the SOAR Awards will bring the community together to share the successes of businesses, individuals, and cities.
Nine awards will be presented each year in the following categories:
Mature Services 2017 SOAR Judged Awards-Four awards to be reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges with the winner being announced the evening of the awards.
THE JOE RUBY COLLABORATION IN AGING SERVICES AWARD: Joe Ruby served as the President and CEO of Direction Home Akron-Canton Area Agency on Aging from 1981-2016. During his tenure, Joe did so much to encourage collaboration in an effort to produce better outcomes for older adults, including Community Based Care Transitions Program, Community Care Coordination, and provider alignment in a variety of service area. This award will go to a group of people or an organization who improved services to older adults through a collaborative effort in Summit County.
AGE FRIENDLY CITY AWARD: The World Health Organization (WHO) Global Age-Friendly Cities project has developed a checklist as a tool for assessing and making our cities age-friendly. This award will go to a city in Summit County who is making efforts in making their city more age-friendly.
INNOVATIONS IN AGING AWARD: This award is presented to a person or organization who has done something innovative in the last year in Summit County to serve older adults. The innovation can be in any category as long as the outcome improved the lives of older adults.
ED KAUFMAN LEADERSHIP IN AGING AWARD: In 1977, Ed Kaufman became the leader of Mature Services and took a struggling, start-up nonprofit to a multi-service organization that empowers seniors to thrive in our community. He led the organization until his death in 2011. His legend lives on today in the mission of Mature Services. This award will be presented to a leader in Summit County who strives to improve the lives of older adults.
Mature Services Awards-Two awards to be determined by the leadership team and board of directors of Mature Services.
COMMUNITY PARTNER OF THE YEAR AWARD: A person or agency that assisted Mature Services in serving older adults through collaborative efforts.
DONOR OF THE YEAR AWARD: A person or company that furthered the mission of Mature Services through an in-kind or financial donation or through the gift of time.
Online Voting Community Awards-Nominations for this award are being accepted online ONLY through May 19, 2017 at www.matureservices.org. Organizations are encouraged to share information with their supporters who can nominate their business online for their contributions to support successful aging.
AGING IN PLACE AWARD: A service provider in Summit county who has helped older adults stay in their homes.
AGING ENVIRONMENT EXCELLENCE AWARD: A housing service in Summit County who provides excellence in their living environments to older adults.
AGE FRIENDLY BUSINESS AWARD: A business in Summit County who strives to be friendly to older adults in the way they conduct business.
Sponsorship opportunities are available and nominations may be submitted online or via form through USPS. For additional questions, please contact Dawn Moeglin at firstname.lastname@example.org
An Invitation From the Mature Services President/CEO
Front Row (L to R): Miyoshi Levy, Susan Sigmon (Direction Home), Frances Ladd (Summit County Department of Jobs & Family Services)
Back Rom (L to R): Connie Swain (Summit County Probate Court), Tom Nikola, Karen Hrdlicka (Mature Services), Kenneth Herman, Dr. Harvey Sterns (University of Akron), Jim Perge
Not Pictured: Brenna Herman (Akron Metropolitan Housing)
On Monday, January 9, 2017, the newly appointed City of Akron Senior Citizens Commission on Aging had their first public meeting at the Akron Public Library. The commission was appointed by Mayor Dan Horrigan and approved by the Akron City Council. By statute, it equally represents agencies serving seniors in our community and seniors citizens (defined as those 60+ years of age) living throughout our city. I was blessed to be one of the people appointed to this commission.
The meetings have an educational component at the beginning of the meeting. This month the subject was Recreation and Socialization. The second part of the meeting is an open forum for anyone in the audience (you do not have to be a senior citizen to participate) to ask questions and bring issues to the commission that affect senior citizens. The job of the commission is to look into issues that affect senior citizens in our community and make policy recommendations to the Mayor and the City Council.
The meetings will take place on the second Monday of every month from 1-3 pm at the Main Branch of the Akron Public Library. We decided on this location because it has both public transportation access and ADA accessible parking. Anyone choosing to attend the meeting can have their parking validated at the meeting so they have free parking.
I love that the City of Akron and its leadership recognizes that senior citizens are a viable, contributing and important part of our city and they want to hear what they have to say about making the City of Akron an age-friendly city. I hope you decide to come and make a difference. The next meeting will be on Monday, February 13, 2017, from 1-3 pm at the Main Branch of the Akron Public Library. The educational topic will be Municipal Services.
Karen A. Hrdlicka
Important commissions reinstated to serve Akron senior population
Akron Mayor Horrigan and his Blue Ribbon Task Force felt it was important to reinstate multiple commissions to make sure Akron serves the needs of its citizens, including one that focuses on the city's senior population. The goal of the new Senior Citizens Commission is to make Akron a better place to live for people 60 and over. It has 10 members, 6 of which are professionals in aging, including Mature Services CEO Karen Hrdlicka, and social services and 4 are community activists representing different areas of the city.
The commission meets monthly to study and discuss different topics. These meetings are open to the public and will be held from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm on the second Monday of every month. Each meeting's topic can be found in Recreation Matters and in the Akron Beacon Journal. If you know of an issue that affects the senior population, let the commission know about it by going to a meeting or sending a letter to City of Akron attention Active Adult Coordinator, 220 South Balch Street, Akron, OH 44302.
January's Senior Citizens Commission meeting topic is Recreation & Socialization. It will be held on Monday, January 9 (1:00pm-3:00 pm) at the Library's Main Branch on South High Street in Downtown Akron.
Agency helps older Butler County residents find jobs, learn new skills
Looking for employment and over 55? Learn about the senior community service emploment program. We are serving 40 counies in Ohio.
To read the full article visit the Journal-News website, here.
Free NAMI Basic training
NAMI Summit County (The National Alliance on Mental Illness) is currently registering for its free NAMI Basics training which begins January 3, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm.
It is a six week course, which meets once a week, conducted by trained parents, and designed for parents and family of children with emotional / behavioral / neurological disorders including Bipolar, ODD, OCD, Autism/Aspergers, Anxiety, and Depression etc.
It will cover:
- Managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively
- How to take care of yourself and handle stress
- Developing the confidence and stamina to support your child with compassion
- Advocating for your child's rights at school and in health care settings
- Learning about current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
- Gaining an overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems
- Understanding the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on your entire family
The course is offered free of charge with all materials provided. It will be held at Summit County Juvenile Court, 650 Dan Street, Akron, OH 44310 in the first floor conference rooms.
Registration is required. To register contact 330-252-1188 or email@example.com
Our 2016 Inaugural Annual Appeal
Be Sweet to a Senior for Sweetest Day!
In anticipation of this urgent need we have created The Senior Love Fund at Akron Community Foundation. We are asking
generous supporters like you to please consider making a tax-deductible donation during our inaugural year. Your gift will help support seniors' desire to stay independent and make sure our agency stays healthy and strong as we prepare to assist those who may need our services in another decade or two, or three………MAYBE EVEN YOU OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE!
New Job Success!
Congrats to one of our Job Club graduates who recently got a new job!
I received a call from Linda asking about if I had found a job. I have been thinking about emailing you to let you know that I started full time at Summa Health System.
Ann (who I was referred to by you) referred me to the Senior Human Resources Representative at Summa. She guided me to apply for registered nurse positions that were similar to what I had done at my previous job (at the hospital I was laid off from).
I want to thank you, Linda, and Don for the great advice that helped me to find a career job again. Finding Mature Services was the best thing to happen to me when I was unemployed!
The Job Club Difference
We love to hear the success stories from our Job Club graduates. We recently received a note from Kaeth who shared with us a story of a successful job interview:
"My interview today was great! Amy, Director of Talent Acquisition escorted me to the interview room – several miles from reception. This gave us the opportunity for conversation. She said, “Your resume is so perfect it’s almost unreal.”
"I believe I delivered a great presentation and feel good about moving forward," Kaeth added. "Thanks for your on-going support and encouragement."
If you or someone you know is looking for employment, be sure to visit our website to learn more about our Job Club and other services to support older adults!
Check Out the May/June Edition of Boomer Magazine!
Mature Services and Encore Career Network both received an ad spot in the issue (pages 5 and 28). Click here to read.
We would like to thank the following for their generous contributions and continued support. These funds go directly to our programs and services.
Department of Labor: $4,936,192 for our Employment SCSEP Services
Ohio Department of Aging: $3,679,727 for our Employment SCSEP Services
Summit County, Department of Job & Family Services: $200,000 for Employment Job Club Services in Summit County
ADM Board: $77,227 for expansion of mental health services
Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging: $34,071 for our Senior Farmers’ Market Program
Keith Sechler: $1,700 for food pantry funds
Banfield Charitable Trust: $930 for Nutrition Services – pet food for our client’s animals
*United Way of Summit County Allocations:
Homecare Services - $75,000 (Last year’s allocation was $50,000) – provide homemaker, personal care and chore services in Summit County.
Employment Services - $50,000 (same allocation as last year) – provide match for our Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in Summit County.
GAR Foundation: grant of $50,000 to fund our Homecare Services.
Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation and the Bridgestone Invitational: $43,017 award to purchase a new HotShot Delivery Truck for our Home Delivered Meals program.
The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation: grant of $15,000 designated to fund our homecare services.
Akron Community Foundation: grant of $10,000 for Homecare Services.
John A. McAlonan Fund of Akron Community Foundation: grant of $10,000 the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program.
CareSource Foundation: grant of $8,155 to fund training for our Homecare Department.
Sisler McFawn Foundation: award of $7,500 designated to fund our homecare services.
Hillier Family Foundation: award of $5,000 designated to to pay for mileage expenses for essential errands incurred by Homecare staff while serving homebound clients in Summit County.
BJ's Charitable Foundation: award of $2500 to purchase supplies for use in providing in-home services to older adults with multiple disabilities served through our Homecare Program.
*R. C. Musson and Katharine M. Musson Charitable Foundation: award of $1,500 to help fund our RSVP Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on May 13.
*Meals on Wheels Opportunity-Based Grant Program: proceeds from the 2014 Subaru "Share the Love" event in the amount of $1,000 for our nutrition program.
*The Women’s Christian Fellowship of The Bath Church: $400 award to be used for non-food items for clients of our Akron food pantry.
GoJo: donation of 250 1oz. bottles of Purell for our Homecare field staff.
We are pleased to share our 2013-2018 Strategic Plan
As we approach 2015, our 40th Anniversary Year of service to the community, we feel the time is right to look back on our accomplishments, analyze our service sectors, and determine a comprehensive plan for the agency's future.
In addition, our mission statement is now: Mature Services provides high-quality programs to empower the economic, social, physical, and mental well-being of adults as they age.