Evergreen services helping disabled
Cramming a van with "personal needs" items is the goal of an Evergreen Life Services drive that benefits those with disabilities on Saturday, November 17 at Walmart, in Minden, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"Evergreen Life Services provides care for 84 people living in the Webster and Claiborne parishes through nine residential homes and one boarding house," said Debbie J Orand, Director of Communications/Marketing, Central Region for Evergreen Life Services.
Shoppers will have an opportunity to purchase personal items for Evergreen's residents while inside Walmart and then drop items off outside to volunteers who will literally "Cram the Van."
Items such as laundry detergent, paper towels, disposable undergarments, toilet paper, hand sanitizer and hand soap, are items that are most needed.
"Evergreen receives partial funding from government programs, which under current economic conditions are always being reviewed for budgetary concerns," Orand said. "We value the Minden community and its continued partnership to help supplement these resources for the people we serve."
Orand also encourages individuals and groups to collect items prior to the event and drop them off Saturday, November 17 at Walmart. Items and monetary donations collected will support the 140 people served in the Central Louisiana division, which provides community and group home settings, case management, supervised independent living, day habilitation, support waiver services and more.
All donations are tax-deductible and donors will receive a tax receipt upon delivery. Volunteers are also needed to assist with passing out flyers, collecting donations, distributing tax receipts and in other areas.
Since 1959, Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, Inc. has served individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities when four Presbyterian ministers and a handful of staff opened a facility in an abandoned schoolhouse in Evergreen with a goal of caring for disabled children of their congregations.
By 1980, Evergreen had grown to serve 300 individuals with disabilities. In 1989, Evergreen made the decision to move from institutional to community settings because the organization felt it was important to help make the individuals they served feel like an active and contributing member of the community in which they lived.
Today, Evergreen offers community based services and is a provider in the field of developmental disabilities, serving over 1,000 individuals in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. To learn more about Evergreen Life Services, visit their website at www.evergreenls.org.