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Thursday, 04 January 2018 23:03

Susan Dost

Susan is CEO and President of Sheridan In-Home Care, an award-winning brand in Greater Los Angeles and Palm Springs that provides non-medical in-home care for seniors. Susan creates concierge services to expand the scope of offerings to include visiting professionals such as hygienists, nurses, therapists, attorneys, and more to people in their homes. Susan also founded Nurse At Your Door, an on demand concierge nursing company, which has grown to over 100 nurses. She sits on the board of Cancer Support Community and is a licensed private pilot. She has a young daughter named Paloma with her wife Lindsay. Susan joined The Center board at the start of 2018. 

Published in Board of Directors
Monday, 30 October 2017 22:13

Eisenhower

The Gay Men's
Guide to Sex

Join Dr. Del Rosario for a broad overview of gay male sexual practices in the medical aspect. An in-depth question and answer session will follow

This is a FREE event but space is limited.
Registration is requested.

Published in Wellness
Monday, 13 March 2017 22:02

Vitalitas Home Care Referral Agency

Vitalitas Home Care Referral Agency Profile – The Center of Palm Springs

At Vitalitas Home Care Referral Agency, we are committed to affordable, consumer-directed care and believe clients and their family members have the right to determine the services needed and should have the freedom to choose the care provider they feel is best suited to provide support. We also believe truly inspired care professionals always strive for excellence and that it’s part of their nature to apply their talents toward serving others.

 

The Professional Personal Care Attendants we refer provide in-home, non-medical companionship services to elderly clients, as well as to adult clients with an illness, injury, or disability who require assistance with self-care. Each member of our referral registry has completed comprehensive interviews & assessments, passed criminal background, DMV & TB screenings, hold current registrations & certifications, and have had employment eligibility authorized through E-Verify (a service of the Department of Homeland Security & the Social Security Administration).

 

The companionship services provided by referred Personal Care Attendants can include:

 

The Provision of Fellowship – engaging the client in social, physical, and mental activities, such as conversation, reading, games, and crafts, as well as, accompanying the client on walks, on errands, to appointments, or to social events.

The Provision of Protection – remaining present with the client in his or her home, or accompanying the client when outside the home, as well as, monitoring the client’s safety and well-being.

The Provision of Care – assisting the client with Activities of Daily Living such as dressing, grooming, feeding, bathing, toileting, and transferring; and assisting with Instrumental Activities of Daily Living that enable the client to live independently at home, such as meal preparation, driving, light housework, managing finances, remembering to take medication, and arranging medical care.

 

What further distinguishes Vitalitas is the caliber of the Professional PCAs we refer. Through our signature screening & interviewing process, Vitalitas digs deep into each registry applicant’s talents, motivators, values, and vision. Only those applicants who satisfy all the criteria, demonstrate a commitment to delivering exceptional care, as well as radiate genuine passion for their work are converted to active registry status and subsequently referred to clients for further review and consideration.

 

Whether you’re a client requiring assistance with self-care so you can continue to live independently or you’re a Personal Care Attendant seeking new professional opportunities, we’re committed to helping you find an optimal match – one focused on life and vitality, that fosters trust and results in a fulfilling alliance.

 

Vitalitas Home Care Referral Agency is a referral agency as defined by and operating in accordance with the requirements set forth in the California Civil Code.

 

Proud members of The California Coalition of Domestic Referral Agencies, Inc.

Friday, 04 November 2016 18:44

Mark Duebner Design

MY STORY

As long as I can remember, storytelling has been a passion of mine. The first major purchase I ever made was the book,The Art of Walt Disney. It was over 450 pages, weighed 8 lbs. and cost over $75. It was 1973. I was 13 years old. Decades later, Disney’s combination of ideas, words and visuals told stories
that still shape new generations.

In high school I created original superhero characters and drew full-length comic books. And in college and during the past thirty plus years, I have also been drawn to the creative process of the theater by designing and directing many productions. Again, telling a story with visuals, words and music that connects emotionally with an audience.

I didn’t even know what graphic design was until I was a freshman at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I planned to declare medical illustration as my major. After one intro class to graphic design, I knew my career path was forever altered. In 1982 I earned a BFA in graphic design with honors and was ready to take on the world.

I loved the methodology of creating a strong visual solution to a real world problem; exploring typography; and uncovering the emotional impact of
color and image. Being a little “obsessive,” I enjoyed the attention to detail.
My formal education occurred years before even the glimmer of an idea for
the personal computer entered the creative minds of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Although I can’t live without my Mac, I still begin every project brainstorming on real paper with an actual writing instrument. This exercise helps me to focus on conceptual thinking and original solutions.

I have been working now in the field of graphic design and visual communication for more than 33 years. After years of working for and learning from other creative professionals, I started Mark Duebner Design in 1995 where I continue to blend strategic thinking with captivating design. I am committed to providing sophisticated solutions to a variety of non-profit and for-profit clients to enhance their success and bring visual originality to their communications.

I am a member of the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Desert Business Association, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, The Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Council and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. My work has been published inLetterhead and Logo Design 4, Logo Lounge Master Library 4, Bright Ideas in Logo Design Volume One, Bright Ideas in Graphic Design Volume Oneand the2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014and2015 American Graphic Design Awards Annuals.

A new chapter in my story began in January 2013 when I moved my life and my business from Naperville, Illinois to Palm Springs, California. The 354 days of sunshine, majestic mountains, endless palm trees and the mid-century modern vibe inspire me every day.

During the 2016-2017 school year I am mentoring three juniors enrolled in the Digital Arts Technology Academy at Cathedral City High School. It is a humbling experience and extremely rewarding.

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 15:10

Contour Dermatology

Contour Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center

Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology

The Best of Both Worlds

Under the direction of Dr. Timothy Jochen, a board-certified dermatologist with more than 15 years of experience, Contour Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center offers a comprehensive array of medical and cosmetic dermatology. The mission of Contour Dermatology is: To help cure skin diseases and to help people look and feel their best—taking full advantage of all the youth-renewing devices and products available in modern cosmetic dermatology today.

On the medical side, the practice treats skin conditions such as acne, eczema, fungal infections, melasma, psoriasis, rosacea, skin cancer and cysts among others.  Having performed thousands of successful Mohs procedures, Dr. Jochen is a specialist in Mohs micrographic surgery— the most esthetic and effective method for removal of skin cancer.

Cosmetic procedures range from non-invasive treatments such as chemical peels, facial fillers and Botox to one of the largest selections of cosmetic lasers in the nation along with other state-of-the-art technology and surgical procedures such as eyelid surgery and the mini facelift. For body contouring, Contour Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center offers CoolSculpting for non-surgical fat reduction, tumescent liposuction and lasers such as the VelaShape III to reduce inches and cellulite. Dr. Jochen also is an expert in hair restoration and the latest hair transplantation procedures.

Dr. Jochen also is an associate professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where he has been named teacher of the year multiple times.  He is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor as voted by his peers.

Having healthy skin is as much an art as it is a science. Contour Dermatology is committed to offering the best of both worlds.

Contour Dermatology has two offices in Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs and a La Quinta clinic will be opening in 2017. For more information, call (760) 423-4000 or visit www.contourderm.com

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Dr. G and her team completed another very successful year of the Suicide Bullying Prevention Program. With Dr. G’s support, Linda Lechlitner, teacher extraordinaire, met with 17 Peer Educators for 7 weeks of intensive training from August until the end of October. In November the Peer Educators, well prepared to deliver Dr. G’s curriculum, went into every 9 th grade classroom and taught the students the three modules: The Power of Words (developing empathy, encouraging students to be “upstanders” and support their LGBTQ or gender non-conforming classmates); Cyberbullying (what it is and how to stop doing it); and Suicide Prevention (the warning signs, what to do and where to refer). The Peer Educators, who are high school seniors, did an outstanding job teaching the curriculum and being positive role models for the younger students. They received certificates, stipends, and community service credit for participating in the program. Dr. G would like to thank the administrators and teachers at the four Palm Springs USD high schools for their ongoing support of this valuable program. 
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Under the direction of Dr. Timothy Jochen, a board-certified dermatologist with more than 15 years of experience, Contour Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center offers a comprehensive array of medical and cosmetic dermatology. The mission of Contour Dermatology is: To help cure skin diseases and to help people look and feel their best—taking full advantage of all the youth-renewing devices and products available in modern cosmetic dermatology today.

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Show Us Your Hearts Bash
Thursday, February 15 at 6 PM - 8 PM
Chill Bar, Palm Springs
J oin the Palm Springs Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for Show Us Your Hearts Bash! There is going to be, food, fun, a raffle, a silent auction, and a live auction to win a date with one of five local personalities, including The Center’s very own Alexis Ortega and Miguel Navarro.

All proceeds raised will be going to Desert AIDS Project, The Center, and the Palm Springs Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence!
Comedians Shann Carr and Max Mitchell present LA’s hottest LGBT Headliners at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs every Thursday in February, benefiting four causes .
ERIN FOLEY – FEBRUARY 15 – BENEFITS JOY SILVER FOR CALIFORNIA SENATE 28th DISTRICT
JIMMY JAMES – FEBRUARY 22 – BENEFITS THE LGBT CENTER
Tickets $25 general admission HERE
All shows start at 7:00PM
Art Palm Springs  is the premier art fair in the Southwest presenting post-war and contemporary art. The seventh annual edition will bring nearly 80 galleries from Asia, Europe, North and South America representing hundreds of artists to the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Fair is strategically scheduled over the extended  President’s Day Weekend  coinciding with  Palm Springs Modernism Week  at the height of the Coachella Valley’s season. Art Palm Springs and Modernism Week turn the Desert into a cultural mecca over this weekend, attracting close to 15,000 acquisition oriented art lovers to the Fair year after year.

Since its early editions, Art Palm Springs has been a draw for curators, collectors, designers and celebrities that include Cheech Marin, Jodie Foster, Alexa Davalos, Udo Kier, Shelby Lynne, Rain Phoenix, and award-winning designers Christopher Kennedy, Dann Foley and Erin Valencich.

Friday, February 23, 2018 7:30PM
Get your Boot Scootin' Boogie going @ Chill Bar, Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7:30PM. Two-Step, Waltz and Line Dances.
It is ironic that talking about death leaves us feeling good. Join us for cake and conversation.

Saturday, February 24, 2018
9:30 - 11:30am

The home of Dan Carlentine and Kevin Mason
Address to be provided upon RSVP

Please RSVP in the affirmative so we can plan refreshments.

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Victor Yates is the winner of the 2017 Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers. He won the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction for his book, A Love Like Blood. His novel also won Honorable Mention at The New England Book Festival. Recently, he was awarded a grant from the City of West Hollywood to record narratives of older gay men to preserve for younger generations. In 2012, he had two poems published in the anthology, For Colored Boys, which won the American Library Association's Stonewall Book Award-Israel Fishman Non-Fiction. He is the recipient of an Ahmanson Foundation grant and the Elma Stuckey Writing Award (1st place in poetry).

Discussing his book A Love Like Blood and his other work and career, This FREE lecture will on held Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 6:30 p.m. in The Learning Center (TLC) at the main Library.

First Annual Chill Awards & Oscars Viewing Party
Benefitting the LGBT Community Center of the Desert
Sunday, March 4 th , 2018
Chill Bar Palm Springs, 217 E. Arenas Rd Palm Springs, CA 92262

3PM Red Carpet Champagne Reception
4:30PM Viewing Party & Awards Ceremony
Voted Most Fun Non-Profit Event in the Ultimate Pride List... TWICE (but who's counting?), Red Dress Dress Red is now flying higher than ever at our brand new location: the Palm Springs Air Museum!

Party on the Tarmac with us in your best red wear, and don't be afraid to treat the dance floor like a runway! Whether you're bumpin' and gridin' next to a first-class personality, a cabin crew member, or your favorite local neighbor, you can bet that this will be a one-of-a-kind destination with 1,000 other passengers on board!

So what are you waiting for? Make this your getaway of the season, and check-in at the Red Dress Dress Red Dance Party!

Monthly Potlucks, Walk Abouts, Ladies Night Out and Jazz. These are just a few of the activities you could become involved with. How? Just follow the link and you can view and/or sign up for the weekly Women @ The Center Newsletter. If you know of anyone that might be interested in this newsletter, encourage them to sign up.
If you are a trans or gender-nonconforming person in the U.S. and considering suicide, Trans Lifeline can be reached at 877-565-8860. LGBT youth (ages 24 and younger) can reach the Trevor Project Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386. People of all ages and identities can reach The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800 -273-8255, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
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Monday, 20 August 2012 23:33

Desert Regional Medical Center

Home to the Coachella Valley’s only designated trauma center and only neonatal intensive care unit, Desert Regional has unique offerings that are critical to the well-being of the citizens in our region of Southern California.

You have our assurance that Desert Regional Medical Center is committed to offering high quality, advanced services in a compassionate environment. Some of the services we offer include:

  • Advanced stroke treatment. In 2012, Desert Regional added some of the latest medical imaging technology to create a neuro-angiography suite where interventional neurologists can thread tiny catheters into the blood vessels of the brain to remove clots and offer stroke patients a better chance at recovery.
  • A dedicated unit for joint and spine procedures. In September of 2012, we were proud to celebrate the first anniversary of our Joint & Spine Pavilion, where patients are able to recover from joint and spine procedures in a comfortable environment, surrounded by staff members who are specially trained in the best ways to get a person back to a more active lifestyle.
  • Regional, multidisciplinary care for cancer and orthopedics. Desert Regional offers multidisciplinary health care at its Comprehensive Cancer Center and its Institute of Clinical Orthopedics and Neurosciences (ICON). Both programs now have a second location at 47647 Caleo Bay in La Quinta to offer patients more convenient access to these services.   Desert Regional Medical Center is also involved in  10 clinical trials. 
Saturday, 05 June 2010 20:28

Grace Helen Spearman Foundation

Honors the legacy of Ms. Spearman by providing funds to organizations and individuals to help improve the lives of the needy and less fortunate in our community.  The mandate of the foundation remains consistent with Ms. Spearman’s kind and loving vision, giving to the types of organizations she supported with special emphasis in the fields of education, medical research, cultural arts and assisting the impoverished and disabled.

Published in Leadership Circle
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 22:36

Desert Aids Project

Who We Are

Desert AIDS Project has earned a national reputation as one of the most comprehensive HIV/AIDS services providers in the U.S. We are one of only a handful of agencies operating an on-site medical clinic, a full range of client support services, and a comprehensive HIV education and prevention program, including free and confidential HIV testing.

Our Vision for the Future

Until there's a cure, the vision of Desert AIDS Project is of healthy individuals, families, and communities despite the existence of HIV.

Our Mission

To bring this vision to life, the mission of Desert AIDS Project is to enhance health and well-being.

Desert AIDS Project believes:

  • Everyone has a right to decent quality of life
  • Everyone is worthy of respect and equal consideration
  • All efforts to fulfill our mission have the ultimate aim of being useful in improving people's lives, particularly the lives of those most in need.
  • Fairness demands that everyone affected by an issue should have the opportunity for either direct participation or representation in planning, implementing, and evaluating the work conducted by Desert AIDS Project
  • Bias – because of race, religion, class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, ethnic background, disability, etc. – has no place Desert AIDS Project
  • Our work is not about the power or turf, but about the public good

Guiding Principles

  • We will be excited by what we do, by the challenges we face and the opportunities we create
  • We will surround ourselves with people dedicated to assisting us in achieving our mission and upholding our principles
  • The diversity of our people, their skills, and experience is one of our agency's greatest assets. We are committed to leveraging this asset as a source of strength
  • We will always listen first, and then act with openness, honesty, and integrity so that our relationships flourish
  • We will provide effective, accessible, and responsive services, and we commit to evaluating our effort so that changes can be made when it is in the best interest of those we serve
  • We will set demanding targets and make tough decisions and take considered risks to achieve them, and pursue partnership to obtain resources that enable us to do so
  • We will provide our team with skilled management and quality training opportunities
  • We will commit ourselves to excellence to ensure that D.A.P. is the provider of choice, employer of choice, and investment of choice in the communities we serve
  • We will embrace change to positively improve services, outcomes, and the community while remaining true to our mission

 

Thursday, 26 December 2013 20:13

Lights, Carols, Depression


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's the most wonderful time of the year! There'll be much mistletoing, and hearts will be glowing when loved ones are near. It's the most wonderful time of the year!

The beautiful winter sun sets behind the snowcapped mountains and white lights illuminate the Palm Springs strip that welcomes the brisk winter chill and holiday giddiness. Christmas carols pour from local shops as the scents of roasted chestnuts, chocolate fudge, fresh-baked bread and apple cider take us back to our idyllic, joyful youth. 

The warm memories of exchanging gifts with close friends and family, sharing delicious, made-with-love meals and the patter of little footsteps and laughter recall our innocence of a simpler day. 

Joyous nostalgia for better times past.

Today, for some, is quite different. We needn't look very far to know someone who is suffering through sleepless nights, cloudy days and debilitating loneliness. In fact, for many in the LGBTQ community holidays are a reminder of pain, struggle, heartbreak, loss and fear. Of the pain of family rejection, the heartbreak of losing a partner to AIDS, the unrelenting fear that being alone in your golden years has become a stark reality. 

It is a time when old demons come back to haunt and the hopes of a better tomorrow seem far off. 

Although Palm Springs has become a mecca for LGBTQ people with its beautiful weather, large aging gay community, HIV/AIDS medical resources and care, relative affordability and serene environment, for some finding joy from day to day is a struggle. In a town where estimates between 40 to 60 percent of the population is LGBTQ, suffering from loneliness and depression or being a victim of domestic violence seems misplaced.

James F. Mills' recent article in Frontiersdiscussed the LGBTQ Center of the Desert's May/June 2013 Health Needs Assessment Study that surveyed 769 people in the Coachella Valley, and was not focused on any specific time of year. 

The study shows significant disparities between Coachella Valley's general population and the LGBTQ community. Among the most alarming findings were 41 percent of those surveyed have been diagnosed with depression, compared to eight percent of the Valley's general population; 36 percent suffer from anxiety, compared to six percent of the Valley's general population; and 10 percent suffer from a panic disorder, compared to 3 percent of the Valley's general population.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert's director of counseling and wellness programs, Dr. Jill Gover, managed the study and attributes the findings to several factors.  She explains that a large portion of the Coachella Valley's LGBTQ community are 60-plus years old. Those who came of age prior to the Stonewall Liberation Movement suffered differently than those who came of age post Stonewall. They dealt with a great deal of stigma-induced discrimination, harassment, fear, violence and isolation that have endured throughout their lives. Naturally, these types of experiences manifest themselves through depression, which Dr. Gover explains is “a high risk response to isolation, especially in older LGBTQ people who feel estranged from their families.” 

These same people are less likely to have children, they lack close relationships and/or their partner has passed. In their search for an easier, friendlier, more adaptable environment, they uproot themselves to relocate to Palm Springs.  Starting over at 60-plus can be challenging for most, but it is especially difficult when taking into account all of these factors. 

Adding insult to injury, those seeking an escape from depression will often turn to drinking and/or drugs. Dr. Gover explains that while these are convenient coping mechanisms, they actually perpetuate the feelings of despair because the alcohol and drugs decrease dopamine, which increases the feeling of isolation, creating an unhealthy cycle.

Psychology Today defines dopamine as:

A neurotransmitter that helps control the brain's reward and pleasure centers. Dopamine also helps regulate movement and emotional responses, and it enables us not only to see rewards, but to take action to move toward them. Dopamine deficiency results in Parkinson's Disease, and people with low dopamine activity may be more prone to addiction.

Although the study did not specifically address mental health issues brought on during the holidays, Dr. Gover suggests there is an indirect link to increased feelings of loneliness and depression that are likely brought on by the holiday season.

The study also looked at domestic violence within the LGBTQ community, and broke the research into three parts: 1) Intimate partner-related domestic violence including physical beatings and non-sexual assaults; 2) Intimate partner-related sexual violence, including rape; 3) Sexual violence from a non-partner.

The study found that 22 percent of the respondents were victims of intimate-partner related domestic violence, with such violence among lesbians at 35 percent; six percent were victims of intimate partner sexual violence; and 11 percent were victims of sexual violence from a non-partner. Many of these types of cases go unreported, and 41 percent of those who experienced violence saw a mental health professional.

A large majority of the study's participants feel the police department needs to do more to serve their specific needs, and 75 percent feel the police need to be more welcoming.

Over the last several years the Palm Springs Police Department has made an effort to support their LGBTQ citizens. In 2001 the police department established an LGBTQ Outreach Committee to serve as a working group that creates solutions to safety concerns that affect the community.

Sgt. Harvey Reed of the PSPD addressed the need for a more welcoming force, saying, “The fact that the Palm Springs Police Department has formed the LGBTQ Outreach Committee, not only indicates the need, but also takes steps towards addressing the needs of the community.” He explains that the committee is made up of various members of the community, not just police officers, and encourages concerned citizens to attend committee meetings that are held every third Thursday of the month.

Dr. Gover acknowledges the PSPD has taken steps toward meeting the community's needs, however she shares the same concerns as those who participated in the study. She said the partner dynamics differ in a same-sex relationship as opposed to heterosexual relationships, and those differences require a different type of police response when tending to an LGBTQ related crime and victim.

Although the Outreach Committee has developed positive relations and initiated successful programs, it is not meant to be a replacement for an LGBTQ Liaison Unit. Unlike many American cities that have large LGBTQ populations, Palm Springs does not have such a unit. A benefit of a Liaison Unit includes having an officer—who has received extensive training in dealing with the specific needs of the community—at the crime scene to offer the victim support.

Officer Lauren Drinkwater, who sits on the LGBTQ Outreach Committee, explains that a sensitivity training took place approximately two years ago and believes it is time for another training in 2014, as new officers have joined the force. She said the last sensitivity training alerted officers to what language is appropriate when interacting with the community as well as learning how to balance the demands of the job with respecting the city's diverse LGBTQ community.

Palm Springs received a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign's 2013 Municipal Equality Index Scorecard.  

In addition to emergency response needs, the Center's study shows 74 percent of participants feel there needs to be more specific LGBTQ domestic violence services. Currently, LGBTQ victims of domestic violence are referred to support groups consisting mostly of heterosexual people. Often gay men are referred to women's groups and lesbians are surrounded by women whose relationship dynamics differ from their heterosexual counterpart. 

Dr. Gover explains, “Violence manifestation differs from battered woman in heterosexual relationships. The LGBTQ needs are not really addressed in conventional domestic violence treatment programs.” 

Addressing the other side of domestic violence, Gover said for those batterists who are court-ordered to attend treatment programs, their treatment often fails to address the kinds of issues that the LGBTQ community and relationships encounter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Center's programs focus on three major areas—food bank, social and recreational programming, and mental health services through an out-patient system. The most common treatments include mood disorders, adjustment disorders and couple therapy. 

The Center is seeking funding to broaden its treatment programs that can offer domestic violence treatment services.

Although the Center does not offer crisis treatment, Dr. Gover encourages those who need help to make an appointment with the counseling center at (760) 416-7899 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Counseling Center will be open through the holidays, but closed on Christmas Day. They offer low-cost rates that operate on a sliding scale year-round.

The holidays can be joyous, stressful or down right dark for some. Why not take a moment to check on your neighbor, invite them to your holiday festivities and remember them throughout the year, not just during the holidays? Knowing someone cares about you can make all the difference

 

 

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