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February, 2013



Welcome to 2013! It seems that the Christmas season comes on strong and occupies so much of my time and energy, but when it's over, it's over. I can hardly believe that we are only a little more than a month passed the big day. It seems like ages ago. There are a few reminders here at Still Waters, but we have moved on to the next thing.


As we age, most of us feel that time speeds up. The years go by faster and faster. Christmas 2013 will roll around again before I know it (and most likely before I find all the dead needles from the Christmas tree in my living room).


 christmas 2012We had many wonderful opportunities to celebrate the Christmas season at Still Waters. There were musical performances by school children, adult musicians, and CUMNS Kids. We baked cookies, passed out candy canes, decorated the tree, and ate huge quantities of sweets and other treats. We set up our nativity scene, sang carols, and read the Christmas story from the Bible. Rev. Bill Schwein led a meaningful Christmas-themed Chapel Service. We had a great Christmas party on Dec 21 with family and friends. In short, our Still Waters' Christmas was probably a lot like the one many of uchristmas 2012 2s enjoyed in our own homes - full of food, fun, faith, and fellowship.


2013 promises to be an exciting year in the Still Waters ministry. We have a list of new initiatives for next 12 months including an Art Therapy program, Podiatry services, and dementia training for our staff.  It's always exciting to think about what we can accomplish. Already we are confronting a new reality - our enrollment is nearing capacity and we will soon have the "problem" of turning away some folks who need our services.


This month, we begin the third year of this ministry. We have learned many lessons and are proud and energized by our success. But ultimately the future is an unknown. God alone knows what will come. In the face of uncertainty, we will continue to do our best, pray for guidance, and listen for God's voice.


I hope 2013 is a wonderful year for you.



Kathy Pellman, Executive Director



Still Waters Salon Update

"Do I look sexy?"
"It was a religious experience!"
salon  "I feel so much better."
"I'm ready to go out and party!"


Those are a few comments from guests who have enjoyed a massage or had their hair done at the Still Waters Salon. We have been busy scheduling 20-minute chair massages with Sandy Best and Jen Potts. Valerie Howell does haircuts, styles, perms, and color. Everyone comes out of the salon with a smile on their face. And why not? We all love a little pampering and the opportunity to ease sore muscles.


By the way, the first question was posed by our 95-year-old guest, and one of our male gentlemen guests politely assured her "Yes, you do!"

Church Leaders Learn About Still Waters'
Success in 2012


On January 22, Still Waters' Executive Director Kathy Pellman gave a report to the CUMC Church Council concerning 2012 operations. The news of a vibrant, growing ministry was well-received by church leaders. Highlights of the report included the following:   

  • Still Waters' 2012 operating budget called for growth at a rate of about 7% per month and break even net income. The actual rate of growth was about 9% per month. Still Waters ended the year in the black, having finished around 4.2% ahead of budget in income, and 4% over budget in expenses.               
  • Still Waters received a grant from the Central Indiana Community Foundation to establish a scholarship fund. This money helps offset the cost of care for some guests. The Scholarship fund and contributions made in support of that fund had a balance of approximately $17,000 at year end.        
  • Still Waters is self-sufficient from a financial standpoint. No operating funds come from the church. The church supports Still Waters in terms of volunteers, support for fund-raising projects, and contributed supplies and food. Space, insurance, utilities and custodian care for the Still Waters area of provided in exchange for a small stipend.         
  • During 2012, Still Waters provided nearly 14,000 hours of care to 34 guests and families. By year end, the Center averaged about 11 guests per day, compared to 4.5 in January
  • At the time of the report, Still Waters had a total of 25 guests enrolled. With a capacity of approximately 15 guests per day, the Center should reach full enrollment by mid-2013.



Partnerships with Local Schools Benefits Everyone


Still Waters has developed a wonderful partnership with a variety of public and private schools in Lawrence Township. Our guests assist with small jobs like sharpening pencils, cutting, stapling booklets and preparing mailings. Last year, Still Waters guests made about 250 cards of encouragement that were given to every student at Crestview Elementary School taking the ISTEP test. This year, guests are making cards for four elementary schools with the help of some National Junior Honor Society students from Fall Creek Valley Middle School. This is great opportunity for intergenerational activities that benefit others.


scout project
Working on Pine Wood Derby sets for the Boy Scouts

Still Waters also works with the Boy Scouts of America. For the past 2 years, we have assisted them with organizing Pine Wood Derby cars for inner-city kids in the scouting program.


All of these service projects provide our guests with a sense of purpose and value that they can give back to our local community.


Still Waters is also a placement site for students in the health careers program at Lawrence Township's McKenzie Career Center. Several students come to Still Waters to gain clinical experiences in the health care field. And finally, we host two seniors from Lawrence North High School every semester. As part of their "Issues and Applications" class, the students volunteer twice a week at Still Waters.


As these students begin planning for careers in health care or other fields, their experiences at Still Waters give them an opportunity to work with seniors in a non-institutional setting. The field of elder care is growing rapidly and Still Waters is doing our part to train the next generation of professional caregivers.


Indiana's "Plan" to Address Alzheimer's Disease

The State of Indiana, Family and Social Service Administration, recently released the "Indiana Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias 2013-2017". The "Indiana Plan" is a series of recommendations designed to address the extreme human and financial cost of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders. Here are a few facts about Alzheimer's Disease in Indiana:

120,000 Hoosiers are living with Alzheimer's disease. This represents an increase of 20% over the past 10 years. Each decade, the population of Hoosiers with Alzheimer's Disease is expected to increase 20% or more.

In 2011, family and other unpaid caregivers in Indiana provided an estimated 371 million hours of care to Alzheimer's patients. The total value of unpaid care was more than $4.5 billion dollars.

Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in the nation and the 5th leading cause of death for those aged 65+.

It is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent, cure, or even slow its progression.

Deaths from Alzheimer's increased 66% from 2000-2008, while deaths from most other major diseases decreased

The "Indiana Plan" has a number of goals that would raise awareness about Alzheimer's Disease, connect patients and families to services, improve the quality of care for Alzheimer's patients, and enhance research and data about Alzheimer's Disease. To access the full report,
click here.

In This Issue
Salon Update
Church Leaders Learn About Still Waters' Success
School Partnerships
Indiana's "Plan for Alzheimer's Disease"
Important Dates
CPR Class March 6
Volunteers Needed
Important Dates



Monday, February 4
is your last opportunity to support Still Waters at
First Friday at Alibi's Grill
in Shadeland Station.

Please join us in saying a big THANK-YOU to Chris and Jeff from Alibi's for their support the past 6 months. We hope to resume this fun and popular fund raising event later in the year.

Remember, you can dine in or carry out anytime between 3:00 pm and closing. Be sure to mention "Still Waters" to your server so we can receive a portion of your bill as a donation.
Sunday, Feb 10 Still Waters' recognition and Birthday at CUMC.  Visit our table in the narthex after worship services


Monday, Feb 11 is our Caregiver Support Group meeting at 1:00 pm


Monday, Feb 25 Volunteer Orientation

 at 9:00 am


Weds, March 6 CPR & AED Class

at 8:30 am


CPR Class March 6

Still Waters is hosting an Adult CPR and AED Training Class on Wednesday morning March 6 from 8:30-11:30. Our trainer does a terrific job of presenting the material and leading the hands-on skills so that you can be prepared in the event of an emergency.


The cost of the class is $50.For more information, contact Still Waters at 317-284-0837.


Volunteers Needed - Training Scheduled


Have you ever thought about becoming a Still Waters volunteer? Last year, more than 60 folks provided nearly 2,200 hours of service to the Center. We have a wide variety of "jobs" - everything from serving lunch to playing Euchre.


Do you have a special interest or talent that you'd like to share? We have opportunities for musicians and dancers, bakers and crafters. We are looking for volunteers to take our guests on a virtual vacation. Bring your photos and lead a short program about a favorite trip or location.


On Monday, Feb 25 a 2-hour Volunteer Orientation will be held at Still Waters at 9:00 am. At that time, you'll learn more about how Still Waters operates and how your unique interests and talents can help enrich our program. Contact
Amy Hogan Assistant Director for more information or to register for the class.