|How SPUR May Use Your Contribution
Pays for SPUR to publish and distribute 1,500 issues of our monthly newsletter. The
seniors find the information valuable in keeping them inform about legislation that
affects their quality of life, and social activities.
$10/month: Allows SPUR to transport 12 seniors to Baton Rouge. At least
once a year, SPUR rallies their senior members together to travel to the state legislature
in order to voice their concerns about legislation that affects senior citizens.
$20/month: Buys entrance into SPUR's Annual Convention for 24 senior members.
This forum is the premier SPUR activity of the year. The activity always features a
prominent keynote speaker, and lots of information about senior concerns are addressed.
SPUR also elects its officers and defines the organizations goal for the upcoming
year. The event gathers together hundreds of seniors from all over the city. The event
reinforces the concept that seniors are not second class citizens.
How SPUR Helps Seniors -- and Our Whole Community:
We know that seniors are the foundation upon which our society is built. But too
often, bureaucracies forget the immeasurable contributions made by our unsung heroes and
heroines. We help seniors find the voice of power that may have been silenced. Through
dynamic educational programming and advocacy activities, we help seniors understand the
labyrinthine maze of governmental rules and regulations. We know that once a senior
understands, they are the best advocates for themselves. We truly believe that Knowledge
A SPUR Success Story:
A few weeks ago, a 78 year old widow called our office. She was a diabetic and
had not been taking her life saving insulin because she was unable to afford the
medication on her paltry social security benefits. The woman's spirit had been broken. She
shared that she did not understand all the "rigmarole" associated with her
Social Security benefits and Medicare coverage. She was so timid in her cry for help. A
staff person took her name and phone number and immediately passed the information on to
one of our Senior Health Insurance and Information Program (SHIIP) trained Peer Educators.
(SHIIP training is provided by the State, and it prepares senior citizens so that they can
act as mentors and counselors for other seniors) The peer educator called the woman, asked
a few questions and referred the woman to the proper agencies. The widow had Medicare Part
A, which pays for hospital stays, and Medicare Part B, which pays for her doctor visits
and medical tests. She did not know that she could qualify for Medicaid Benefits, which
would pay for her medication. Our Peer Educator made the initial contact with the local
Medicaid office and walked the senior through the application process. A couple of weeks
later, the woman called our office again. This time her spirits were flying high. She
shared with us, over the speaker phone, how helpful the Peer Educator had been in helping
her getting the financial assistance she needed to obtain her medication. We all laughed
happily when the "young" woman then asked us...."What else do I need to