People who care helping people in need

Meet Monica Rodriguez

Monica has been an Estate Specialist for 9 months.

What’s your favorite part of working with Friends for Life? “My favorite part of working with Friends for Life is serving our clients and getting to be a part of the joy and gratefulness they show.”

How many clients do you serve? “I serve twelve clients.”

Tell me a little about what you do at work on a daily basis? “I pay bills for our clients almost daily. I gather information when they need to be on Medicaid and Medicaid renewals. I make various phone calls, fax needed documents and emails to our care managers. I sort and file their mail. I prepare documentation if they need property sold and help with annual accounts. I will write checks for their stipends to be filled by the bank. I do my best to make sure their financial needs are met.”

What do you like to do for fun outside of work? “I enjoy playing with my grandson, playing with my children, watching them play sports, going to church, having barbeques with my friends, family, and taking my family on outings.”

Monica

Meet Sally Flores

Sally started out as a volunteer for 2 year and became a Money Management Clerk 4 months ago.

What’s your favorite part of working with Friends for Life? “I enjoy all the people working here and our clients.”

How many clients do you serve? “There are over 100 clients in Money Management. 70 clients in the surrounding counties and 33 for Galveston county.”

Tell me a little about what you do at work on a daily basis? “I write checks, post checks and deposits to Quick Books, reconcile bank statements, and file invoices and correspondences from Social Sectary.”

What do you like to do for fun outside of work? “I like traveling, gardening, sewing, and knitting.”

Sally

 

Meet Mary Gonzalez

Mary has been one of the Estate Clerks for 3 years.

What’s your favorite part of working with Friends for Life? “Talking with our volunteers not only about check writing, but about family too.”

How many clients do you serve? “I serve about 114 clients.”

Tell me a little about what you do at work on a daily basis? “I write checks not only once a month, but everyday. I do deposits and post them in Quick Book online and  post checks everyday. I reload gift cards and post info in a spreadsheet.”

What do you like to do for fun outside of work? “Go to movies, out to eat,  visit with my children, and grandchildren.”

Mary

Meet Rebecca Guerrero

Rebecca has been a Guardianship Care Manager with Friends for Life for 7 years.

What’s your favorite part of working with Friends for Life? “There are many things I love about working for Friends for Life. I love the population we serve and our mission. I also work with a great bunch of people who are now my extended family.”

How many clients do you serve? “I have 36 (I think) on my caseload. Some are referrals and will become our clients in the near future.”

Tell me a little about what you do at work on a daily basis? “As a guardian, we are responsible for many things. Visiting our clients to insure they are getting the best possible care is first and foremost. Accompanying clients to appointments, submitting reports to the courts, attending meetings for our clients is just scratching the surface of our role as guardians.”

What do you like to do for fun outside of work? “Spending time with my family is a top priority for me – also my fiance has a Harley so weekend rides and bike rallies are part of my favorite past time.”

Becky

The Voice of Bears stopped by to play BINGO!!

Look who stopped by to play Bingo at the Adult Day Center today! John Morris…the Voice of the Bears! Oh and he ran into his good buddy RUDY too! If you are interested in volunteering with Friends for Life, please call us at 254-772-7600. We would love to have you!

John & Susan

John & Susan

Susan...getting ready to play

Susan…getting ready to play

Nathan showing us his Bingo Card

Nathan showing us his Bingo Card

SERIOUS Bingo player!!

SERIOUS Bingo player!!

Malcom!!

Malcom!!

Players!

Players!

John & Larry

John & Larry

Kylie Girl...getting ready

Kylie Girl…getting ready

Leola...the Caller

Leola…the Caller

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John is a WINNER!!

John is a WINNER!!

John & Rudy

John & Rudy

Meet Monalisa Sirwaitis

Monalisa has been the Director of Activities in the Adult Day Center for almost 2 years.

What’s your favorite part of working with Friends for Life? “Building memorable moments with the clients. I am fortunate that while I have to work I love and enjoy what I do. It’s all about the clients!”

How many clients do you serve? “We have around 106 clients.”

Tell me a little about what you do at work on a daily basis? “The first thing I do when I enter the building is greet each client with a smile and ask how they are. We have a daily devotional, exercise, make crafts, dance, or have game time. Some days I work on our monthly calender, determine the crafts to make and make patterns; and a sample copy for us to prepare. I often plan events, “special occasion” parties; or just “for fun” things to do. My assistant fills in with extra preparations while I am planning or involved in other things such as working with our volunteers. I visit with clients through out the day.”

What do you like to do for fun outside of work? “I like crafting, sewing, canning, camping, fishing (with grandsons a lot), and boating. I am an angler educator, spending time with family,  friends, go to church, and singing.”

Monalisa

Adult Day Center

A safe environment for adults with disabilities, providing balanced meals, nursing staff, and planned daily activities.

Elderly and adults (18 or older) with disabilities who either have a skilled nursing need, dementia or frailties that make it difficult or dangerous for them to stay home alone.

Also, Caregivers can take a much needed break and family members can continue working while their loved one is in a safe environment.

We offer:

Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack

Personal Care

Therapeutic exercises

Transportation

Crafts, Music, and Devotional

Trained Staff of nurses

Certified nurse’s aides

And much, much more

The Adult Day Center is open from 7:30am – 6:00pm Monday thru Friday. The center could delay and sometimes prevents the need for nursing home placement. If you would like more information about this program please contact Sherry Minor at 254-772-7600.

Professional Legal Guardianship

Appointed by courts to serve as legal guardian for elderly and adults with disabilities – usually victims of abuse or neglect and unable to care for themselves.

We have professional staff trained and nationally/state certified as Registered Guardians who serve our clients by:

Finding them safe places to live, medical care, clothing, and food.

Attending guardianship hearings and filing all required reports.

Being on call 24/7 for emergencies.

Coordinating inter-disciplinary teams to provide care.

Preparing and monitoring an individualized plan of care.

Staying current on laws and best practices.

Researching available benefits and entitlements.

Plan and attend funerals.

Maintaining documentation on everything that is done.

Our Guardianship program is offered in 81 counties in Texas. If you would like to know more about this program please contact Micki Bowman at 254-772-7600.

Independent Living

We help the elderly and adults with disabilities who live in their own homes. We recruit volunteers and partner with local agencies to help our clients maintain their independence longer by helping with things they are no longer able to do.

We organize volunteers to:

Take people to doctor’s appointments

Grocery shop

Run errands

Mow lawns

Minor household repairs

Deliver food from Caritas

We can always use more volunteers. If you would like more information about this program or would like to volunteer please contact Becky Guerrero at 254-772-7600.

Quality of Life

Brightening life’s by remembering our clients that live in their own homes or are in long term care facilities.

We organize volunteers to:

Visit

Daily reassurance calls

Holidays (Gifts for Grannies, & Grandpas too)

Birthday calls and cards

Adopt-a-Grandparent

Thanksgiving Dinner

We have reach over 300 people in nursing homes, senior apartments, assisted living facilities, and in their homes. The number of people we help is growing every year.

Friends for Life depends on charitable donations to continue providing Independent Living and Quality of Life services to the elderly and people with disabilities. Your donation is tax deductible. If you would like more information please contact Becky Guerrero at 254-772-7600.