Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

As we commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we want to reiterate our commitment to creating better communities for all.
We will be closed for business on Monday, January 15 to commemorate the National Holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 16.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a class series that supports caregivers in taking care of yourself while caring for someone else. By taking care of your own health and well-being, you become a better caregiver.

Six classes held once a week are led by experienced class leaders. Class participants are given The Caregiver Helpbook to accompany the class and provide additional caregiver resources.

A brochure about the program can be found at this link:

If you are interested in learning more, contact Alison Simo, MSN, RN, CDCES, Wellness Education Coordinator, at 812-372-6918 Ext. 2403 or [email protected].

The show must go on

The show must go on

STORY BY Barney Quick| For The Republic • PHOTOS BY Carla Clark | For The Republic

The show must go on

After a long and successful acting career, Jill Tasker returned to her native Columbus to be with her mother, who was beginning to show signs of dementia. Bringing joy and vitality to her mother in her last years inspired Tasker to begin a project of love centered on reawakening dementia patients’ inner spark. So far, she’s enlisted a variety of people to help with this endeavor, including other talented actors and a playwright.

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Thrive Alliance receives $10,000 grant from Custer-Nugent Foundation to support Home Delivered Meals

Thrive Alliance recently received a gift of $10,000 from the Custer-Nugent Foundation in Columbus to assist in efforts to reduce food insecurity. The donation will be used to help fund Thrive Alliance’s home delivered meals programs.

Food insecurity is a challenge for many older adults with low incomes.  Nationally one in ten households are food insecure, and the rate is even higher in Southern Central Indiana. Key findings in South Central Indiana include:

  • Nine percent of older adults aged 60 and older were food insecure.
  • According to older adults and service providers, the chief barriers to food access and security are transportation and money.
  • 10 percent of older adults live in a food desert.
  • One in three older adults bypass daily medication to afford nutritional food.

In 2022 Thrive Alliance provided 12,945 meals to individuals over the age of 60 that attend our nutritional meal sites and 39,300 home deliver meals. The Older Americans funding that we receive on a year-to-year basis is decreasing and the need to provide nutritional, well-balance meals is increasing.


ASAP, other agencies, working to establish recovery homes for substance abuse treatment

From The Republic:

ASAP, other agencies, working to establish recovery homes for substance abuse treatment

Mike Wolanin | The Republic An exterior view of the Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress Bartholomew County Hub in Columbus, Ind., Monday, June 15, 2020.

Plans are moving forward to use opioid settlement money to establish more substance abuse recovery houses in Bartholomew County.

In June, three matching grants from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction were announced to create local recovery houses with different levels of care. The three grants that total $718,280 come from settlements with a pharmaceutical company and multiple drug distributors over their roles in the opioid addiction crisis.

However, the state agency did not fund a proposed grant from Centerstone Behavioral Health to create a Level 2 substance abuse recovery facility, according to Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress Executive Director Sherri Jewett. Level 2 treatment involves intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization services for patients with complex substance abuse recovery needs.

In response, the Bartholomew County Council agreed Tuesday to use a portion of the county’s own opioid settlement money to finance the operations and opening of three additional Level 2 recovery homes.

Local grants awarded by the state last June include $324,000 to the Bridge to Dove program for a 15-bed, Level 4 recovery house for women; $262,000 to Centerstone for a Level 3 transitional housing facility; and $132,280 to Volunteers of America to expand an existing Level 2 women’s recovery house into a Level 3 facility.

Another obstacle arose when Centerstone was unable to find an appropriate building for its Level 3 residence, Jewett said. These facilities are for patients whose addictions have created significant functional impairments, or require more stability than they can achieve at home.

In response, the council agreed to provide $50,000 of opioid settlement funds to Thrive Alliance for use as a down payment to lease a house for Level 3 treatment.

Bartholomew County government is expected to receive at least $3 million in settlement funds through 2038, while a total of $194,011 will be provided to the city of Columbus. However, Jewett told the council five other settlements are currently in the works that will eventually result in additional money for local units of government.

A separate matter addressed by the council Tuesday involves last September’s announcement that ASAP had agreed to administer a substance use disorder treatment program at the Bartholomew County Jail. At that time, Jewett asked that the program be placed on hold a short time while her organization sought out qualified organizations to carry out the actual treatment.

On Tuesday, Jewett announced three local community organizations have expressed interest in providing treatment to jail inmates. However, she did not identify the three during the meeting.

The council agreed to move $215,521 budgeted in October from the sheriff’s department to ASAP. The allocation will provide secured funding as ASAP works through the process of choosing one of the three as the treatment provider, Jewett told the council. Some funds will also be used to provide advance funding opportunities after the choice has been made, she said.