Operation Independence 2021

Dear Friends, 

What a year it has been for our community! After a challenging year of shut-downs and social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to share that The Hub on Smith will be slowly and carefully ramping our programs back up. We have missed all of our patrons and friends tremendously and can’t wait until our building is again buzzing with lunch-time bingo, art classes and ping-pong games, as well as our wonderful support groups for family caregivers and grandparents raising grandchildren. We can’t wait to see your smiling faces and share a laugh, a story or a hug again – we hope – very soon!

As we roll into another wonderful Sheridan summer, it’s once again time for The Hub on Smith’s annual Operation Independence campaign, which helps us meet the ever-increasing need for wrap-around services for older adults and their families. Despite our building on Smith Street being closed for much of the past year, our essential services that help people to remain living in their homes and their communities for as long as possible have continued. COVID-19 has created an acute need in our community for those facing physical and mental health challenges, brought on by months of social isolation. Our need for your support at this critical time has never been greater as our team continues serving Sheridan County with a myriad of programs designed to meet the needs of the rapidly growing number of residents who are over 60 years of age. Your generosity enables this good work to continue through these critical programs:

  • Meals – Though our congregate meal program ceased during COVID-19, our Home Delivered Meals program kicked into high gear to pick up the slack.  This essential program has gone from delivering 150 meals per day to over 400 (served 365 days per year)!  This Herculean effort by our team requires additional meal delivery supplies, additional staff to sanitize the delivery bags and two separate teams to prepare meals in our kitchen, as well as a whole fleet of volunteer drivers who continue to make sure our seniors have a hot meal every day of the week. We are also pleased to be easing back into our congregate meal program and open for breakfast and lunch daily.
  • Goose Creek Transit – Though we experienced a temporary pause in our services at the height of our community’s COVID-19 restrictions, both our fixed route shuttle service throughout town and our door-to-door transportation for medical appointments is in full swing. We know that the availability of transportation is essential for our community to access grocery stores, local services, health care and employment opportunities and we’re working hard to ensure that our buses can continue running with increased safety and sanitation protocols in place. We are proud to help meet our community’s need for transportation!
  • Hub Support Center – This important team has been in near-constant communication with our clients throughout our building’s closure, making daily phone calls and home visits as necessary, to ensure that clients are connected to the services that they need both within The Hub and throughout the community. Ensuring people are socially connected and well throughout their lifetime is one of our Support Center’s key functions and making sure our seniors don’t fall through the cracks has never been more important than it is during this time. We can’t wait to connect with you soon!
  • Family Caregiver Support – We know how isolating social distancing can be for the seniors in our community and thus we are working hard to ensure that services like support groups are continuing to occur both in person while following social distancing and safety protocols, as well as through the use of technology like Zoom video conferencing. We know how essential these connections are for our seniors and their families!
  • Community Loan Closet – This important program that makes durable medical equipment available to the community at a nominal fee is continuing to serve the needs of our community with additional sanitation protocols in place.
  • Help At Home – Our current social distancing protocols in the community have made even more pronounced the need for Help At Home’s nursing, personal care and home-making services, which allow people to remain in their homes longer, rather than being institutionalized, have provided the extra help that many of our families need to feel secure and safe in their homes. We are a licensed home health agency and strive to meet our clients’ needs in addition to offering compassion and an array of connected services to care partners and families.
  • Day Break – Our adult day care facility is continuing to serve a limited number of clients throughout the pandemic, with careful screening of visitors and strict sanitation protocols.  Our ability to continue to serve those who may be unable to stay home alone and whose family members work outside of their homes or need a break from caregiving has never been more important that during these challenging times.
  • Community Outreach Services – Our team at The Hub is continuing to assist veterans and people of low-income with housing assistance, LIEAP applications, Medicare enrollment, Property Tax Refund programs, and other community assistance. We continue to strive to connect our clients with as many community resources as possible to meet their needs.
  • Fun & Wellness Activities – While many of our in-house activities like Bingo and exercise classes have had to be put on hold, we continue to look for creative ways to bring activities and engagement to our clients. Our Fun and Wellness team is continuing to host weekly exercise classes online via Zoom and we have even played Bingo via our Home Delivered Meals deliveries. We are cautiously inviting our ping-pong and pool players to begin utilizing our building again, and hope to continue to provide as many opportunities to keep our clients engaged and connected in fun activities throughout this challenging time, as possible.

One of our clients, Mary, recently shared; “I am new to the Sheridan community and heard about The Hub from my friends at church. I’ve made new friends through The Hub’s activity programs and have enjoyed going on hikes and even watching the “Cooking with Georgia” classes online, but it wasn’t until I recently fell and broke my hip that I truly understood the wealth of programs offered at The Hub. I was able to borrow a walker from the Loan Closet and the Support Center Team even connected me with the Home Delivered Meals program! It is such a treat to greet the wonderful volunteers who deliver a delicious hot lunch to my house every day. Every week I get a call from Jamie who checks up on me while I get back on my feet. I don’t know what I would have done without all these wonderful community resources – most of which were made available to me at a very minimal cost. The staff at The Hub have become like family! What a tremendous resource these programs are to folks like me!” Thanks in great part to the generosity of friends like you, many of our community’s seniors are able to receive the services they need through these essential programs to live at home and remain active members of our community, for as long as possible. Please help us continue this important work by making a gift to our 2021 Operation Independence campaign. Your generosity touches thousands of lives in Sheridan County. Thank you for helping us to meet our goal and fulfill our mission…to celebrate, embrace, and serve older adults for the betterment of our community. Your support, no matter the amount, will help us to sustain our essential services for seniors. This is truly a campaign for all of us!

Did you know that private donations, from individuals like you, foundations, and other community partners, make operations at The Hub possible? To continue our work, over $500,000 needs to be raised every year. How can you help?

Whether it’s through an annual giving campaign, like Operation Independence or Holiday Spirit, there are plenty of opportunities to give back. Perhaps you are interested in giving to our endowment, which secures funding for The Hub well into the future. Currently, our Celebrating Generations & Building Community Campaign has set a “10 in 10” goal, meaning we are wanting to build our endowment to $10 million in 10 years! Some may be curious about giving a capital gift to the CG&BC campaign and project! Endowment and CG&BC gifts have various recognition opportunities, as well. Maybe you are curious about planned giving, which includes donations of stocks and bonds, monetary gifts and pledges, life insurance, or estate and willed gifts.

Whatever method you may be considering when you give to The Hub, we are willing to work with you and financial advisers to make sure your gift is utilized how you like! We value every single gift made to The Hub, and thank every donor for their generosity and selflessness

Feeling ready to donate? Click the “Ready to Donate” button below to be taken to our secure online donation form!

At The Hub, we believe that gifts can come in other ways too! Looking to make a time contribution? Visit our Volunteer page!

Would you like more information about contributing to The Hub? Fill out the contact form below and our Development Director, Skye Heeren, will be in touch!


    Thank you! Skye Heeren is looking forward to talking with you more! Your gift matters!