October 10, 2005

News from Fall 2005

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:17 pm by turninginstitute

October 1, 2005

Dear Friends of the Turning Institute, Greetings!

The National Family Caregivers Association, of which Turning Institute is a member, has designated November as Family Caregiver Month. We invite you to an Open House and Dinner in honor of caregivers everywhere, on Saturday, November 12, 5pm-8pm, at 114 So. 5th St., Mount Vernon. There will be music, art, supper, laughter, and as always, great company. Please join us! It’s a great opportunity to meet others who support the Turning Institute. (RSVP to 360-336-3453 or turninginstitute@comcast.net)

Caregiver Renewal Days in the coming year are scheduled for: Saturday, November 12, 2005 and in 2006: January 21, 2006, March 11, and May 20, all 10am -4pm at 114 So. 5th St. in Mt Vernon. There is a description of a Caregiver Renewal Day on our website, http://www.turninginstitute.org or call (360) 336-3453 for information. We will gladly mail information to anyone upon request. Please call to let us know if you plan to attend.

In honor of Family Caregiver Month in Seattle this year, a group of us will be going to hear a concert by Holly Near at the Magnuson Park Community Center on Sunday, November 6th, 7:30pm. Tickets (group rate) are $17. Please call if you would like to attend this cultural event.

In 2005 we have made significant strides in advancing the work of the Turning Institute:

—We moved into an office and lovely meeting space at 114 So. 5th St. The house at 114 (next door to our original location at 118 So. 5th St) has a beautiful view of Skagit Valley, and can be entered without climbing stairs. A TI volunteer made a gate in the fence between yards, so there is access to the grounds, where we are developing a forest garden of native trees and plants. It is now a Back Yard Wildlife Refuge registered with the National Wildlife Federation, with fir, cedar, hemlock, salal, Oregon grape and hazelnut trees, wild plum, and ferns. Last spring there was a hanging bushtit nest, uncommon in the Northwest, in a fir tree— and the “little brown birds” were seen fledging the nest at beginning of summer.

—Aurelia has taken training from Dr. Madan Kataria and his wife Madhuri Kataria to be a Laughter Club Leader and Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher. You may have heard of this “laughing for no reason”, also called hasya yoga (www.laughteryoga.org). Laughter has many health benefits and is a great addition to the skills we bring to caregiver renewal. Turning Institute will sponsor a training in Mt Vernon for others who would like to become Laughter Leaders Dec. 10-11. (Please contact Aurelia at 360-336-3453, or email hahahadley@comcast.net if you would like to find out more about laughter clubs, or becoming a laughter leader.)

—Doris has begun to collaborate with Cancer Lifeline in Seattle and on the Eastside, bringing discussion and demonstration of self-care techniques (self-massage, breathing, music) to support groups for persons living with cancer and their caregivers.

—Quarterly ‘caregiver potluck and music’ nights were held in Seattle’s University District.

— We have several fundraising projects in process, including a series of greeting cards with photographs and art by local artists. The “Turning Press” published a children’s book, A is an Antelope, an Alphabet for Anybody. Copies will be available at the Dinner, or by mail. The Happy Wanderer Songbook, words to positive songs, is a TI file you can request by email.

—Members of the community have begun using the “Family Caregiver Sustainability Assessment” developed by Turning Institute. This is a needs assessment to help caregivers identify the tasks they are doing, and their capacity to provide this care over an extended period of time. (Call for a printed copy by mail, or email turninginstitute@comcast.net if you would like an email copy.)

—The informal “Turning Institute Singers” gathered in downtown Seattle last December to take part in Pike Place Market’s “Figgy Pudding” Holiday Caroling. We will get together once again this year, on Friday, December 2nd at 5:30, at 3rd and Pine, to belt out songs of the season—accompanied by accordion, tambourine and maracas— as the horse-drawn carriages go by. All are welcome to join in for this fun event. (Songbooks are provided; dress warmly!)

—TI provided scholarships for two middle school-age girls who live with their grandmother in the Rainier Beach area of Seattle to attend the Union Gospel Mission summer program and sleep-over camp. This was a first experience for the girls, which they enjoyed immensely.

—Among other caregivers, TI hosted two young adults from Seattle, and a family on an international visit who came to Mount Vernon for rest and renewal. We have space to provide day retreats for family caregivers, including natural food meals and many forms of quiet relaxation. A donation to TI is requested for retreat days. If this would be of interest to you, please contact us.

Our program continues to expand with the help of numerous friends. We welcomed a new Board Member this year, artist and family caregiver Lesley Garratt of Sedro Woolley. Communication and support from our Advisory Board has also been much appreciated. Their experiences and perspectives on caregiving continue to shape our organizational direction.

Each fall as we send you this schedule of Caregiver Renewal Days and other events for the coming year, we ask for your contributions to carry out our work. The Turning Institute Board has set a fund-raising goal of $10,000 for the coming year, including contributions from our community of supporters, grants, and income from projects. Several ideas for grant applications are in the works. Your suggestions are welcome.

Turning Institute is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 corporation. Please send a (tax-deductible) contribution of $10, $20, $50, or $100 to strengthen our growing ability to offer support to the many caregivers in our community through Caregiver Renewal Days, scholarships for youth activities, and operating expenses. We will thank contributors at our reception, November 12th.

Also, please tell friends or co-workers who are caregivers about our website, calendar of events, and the November 12th Dinner. If you would like further information about any of the work of the Turning Institute, please see our website at http://www.turninginstitute.org call us at 360-336-3453, or email turninginstitute@comcast.net. We hope to see you this year! Thank you for your care.