Dear Friends,

Clermont Senior Services is proud to be “the” agency in Clermont County that has served senior residents for over 44 years. It is our mission and our work to help seniors remain as independent as possible through a broad range of community-based services. Most of the more than 5,000 seniors served in 2013 are in need of multiple services that we provide, such as meals-on-wheels, transportation, personal care, adult day services, home repair and modification, respite and homemaking. And, each has a story that reminds us of the reason Lois Brown Dale founded this agency so many years ago.

One such story is that of a gentleman we featured in our spring appeal letter. Staff Sergeant Bud Buschmeier is 91 and a WWII Veteran who courageously served in the Army Air Corps as a left waist gunner. He flew 34 missions as a member of the “Bloody 100th” Bomber Squad before his plane was shot down. He was a prisoner of war for 9 months and has received several prestigious Medals. Most recently, he was interviewed for a new Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks HBO miniseries, “Masters of the Air,” which features the Eighth Air Force in England, specifically highlighting the 100th Bomb Group.Like all those we serve, Bud has needed some assistance so that he can continue to live in his own home; the home that he and his wife of 64 years, Elaine, shared together. Before her passing in 2010, Elaine received meals-on-wheels, personal care and homemaking. Bud’s personal story is unique to most. But, his desire to remain living in his home is the same as most everyone.

Clermont County is on-track as the third fastest growing county for 60+ adults in the entire State of Ohio and is more than doubling (120%) its senior adult population between the years 2010 and 2020. Our work to serve is made possible by the community in supporting the levy for services for seniors in Clermont County, and our work to protect under our exclusive contract with the Clermont County Department of Jobs and Family Services to conduct Adult Protective Services investigations, supports this community’s desire to respond to the needs of senior residents who are, in fact, most in need.

We all agree that Bud has given much to our country and community. And, now, we have an opportunity to give back to him. For those who served to keep us free, it is our honor to serve you, as well as the more than 5,000 other seniors provided supportive services in 2013.

 

Cindy Gramke, CEO

Cindy Gramke

Executive Director/CEO

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