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August 10, 2020

Calhoun County Community Foundation Grant

Opportunity Living was the recipient of a $9,000 grant from the Calhoun County Community Foundation for the purchase of 10 automatic external defibrillators (AED). Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading the cause of death in adults, and treatment delays of 4 to 5 minutes’ decrease survival chances by almost 40 percent. Most heart attacks occur at work or home, and prompt use of automatic external defibrillators (AED) and CPR techniques save many lives. A new AED will be placed in each Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) home in Lake City and Rockwell City and at the Activity Center. Thank you Calhoun County Community Foundation for your generous support of this life saving project!

 

Pringle Grant

In January, the Pringle Charitable Trust has helped to change the lives of our clients in the Adjusted Pace Active Care (APAC) program by providing them an iPad to enhance educational programming, social connection via Skype and interactive sensory. The clients also use iPads to mirror to their television for activities such as par-ticipating in devotions, which is offered weekly. Clients enjoy watching the Eagle and Puppy Cams that have become so popular on social media and Skyping with family is always a favorite, especially during this time of the pandemic. Thank you Pringle Charitable Trust for being a partner with APAC and providing these opportunities for the clients!

 

Iowa Developmental Disability Council Grant

Opportunity Living was the recipient of a $1,000 grant to purchase iPads for waiver homes in Carroll. The funds became available due to the COVID pandemic. Due to Covid-19 the members are unable to have visitors in their homes. The members miss their families and other members from the other homes, and the families really miss visiting them as well. We now are able to offer memorable face time opportunities with their families and their friends at the other houses. They also Skype and can mirror to their television for church services and virtual tours of things such as the zoo and concerts, if they choose. The members have had a great time also learning new apps on the iPad to expand their creativity. Thank you Iowa DD Council for the grant and all the wonderful memories it has created already!

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