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Summer 2011 Newsletter
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You can view the print version of our newsletter here.

Highlighted items in this edition:

   From the Executive Director
   Walk to End Alzheimer's (general information)
   Walk to End Alzheimer's (what's NEW in 2011)
   Chapter Advocates Attend National Advocacy Forum
   Fall Caregiver Seminar
   Education Programs
   Support Groups
   Steppin' Out for Memories in Abilene
   Thanks for the Memories in Fort Worth


 

From the Executive Director

Dear Friends:

Alzheimer's_signJust west of downtown Fort Worth, the longstanding Yellow Book sign on I-30 has been replaced …..  with a sign for the Alzheimer’s Association!  Exceptional visibility, street level offices with more than double our current space, improved accessibility and expanded parking are among the advantages our new home at 2630 West Freeway will offer when we relocate the offices of the Alzheimer’s Association - North Central Texas Chapter this July. 

Last year our board of directors determined we could more effectively serve the community by relocating and expanding our Fort Worth offices.  Extensive volunteer and staff efforts have been expended over many months determining and negotiating our new home.  Our strategy was to find space we could finish-out ourselves, in order to design to our own specifications and to keep ongoing costs down.  At this writing, we are in the midst of construction, picking paint colors, tile, carpet and all that goes with remodeling; purchasing needed furnishings, a telephone system and other equipment; negotiating with movers and sign makers; all the while fund raising to help cover costs associated with this major growth step for our chapter.

In the early 1980s, our chapter’s work began in the homes of dedicated volunteers, many whose families were affected by Alzheimer’s, a devastating, heartbreaking and fatal disease that was little understood and rarely discussed at that time.  Nearly 30 years later, our chapter is THE place to turn in North Central Texas when confronted by Alzheimer’s disease.  With our headquarters in Fort Worth and regional offices in Abilene, Waco and Wichita Falls, we cover a 40-county area, have 26 employees and reach over 6,000 individuals a year through our array of services offering support, education and information.  As part of the national Alzheimer’s Association, our local efforts align with the overarching mission of serving families coping with Alzheimer’s disease and advancing research.

Today, the severity and all-encompassing nature of Alzheimer’s disease is widely acknowledged and better understood.  The number of people seeking our chapter services has increased dramatically.  In the last ten years, we have more than doubled our staff and programming to service the growing need.  Our chapter is well respected.  Our program evaluations consistently validate the effectiveness of our services.  Annually, we raise all of our own operating costs through diverse revenue streams, and we are financially sound.  Our board, staff and volunteers are deeply committed to our mission. 

We look forward to the day when a cure to Alzheimer’s disease is found and we can close our doors.  Until then, we are determined to increase our reach through our extensive services locally and nationally as the leader in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  Please avail yourself to the services of the North Central Texas Chapter described in this newsletter.  Call us day or night at 1-800-272-3900 or contact us on-line.

Please support our Walk to End Alzheimer’s and other fund raising efforts.  If you would like to make a gift directed to the expansion and relocation of our chapter headquarters in Fort Worth, contact me to discuss our specific needs.  Already, we have received gifts from area foundations and individual donors, but much more support is needed.  

Mark your calendar for Thursday, August 4th when our board will host an informal “Office-Warming Party” from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm in our new offices.  It will be a come and go event.  At this point, it’s hard to predict if all the boxes will be unpacked, but you will be welcome to have a look at our new location.  That highway sign should make us easy to find!

 

 


 

Alzheimer's Association

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