August Updates and Announcements

Susan Haas, Executive Director & C.E.O., will be retiring effective September 17, 2020. Ms. Haas was tasked with the overall strategic, fiscal and operational responsibility of RSVP’s nonprofit organization. She provided leadership of staff and volunteers, a team culture, and comprehensive organization sustainability, expansion and execution of its mission and vision. During her 7 years as Executive Director & C.E.O., she has worked to create partnerships and colleagues in Nevada communities, the State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Sanford Center for Aging. Susan served with RSVP for a total of 13 years.

Under her leadership and collaborative teamwork with RSVP staff, field representatives and other rural volunteers, Ms. Haas has provided programs which assist elders and persons living with a disability to remain independent and in their own homes with dignity. She provided volunteer and public training of R.E.S.T. (Respite Education Support Tools) and Dementia Friends training to support caregivers and their loved ones. These trainings helped to normalize respite and create awareness that those living with dementia and other disabilities are a vibrant part of the community and society. 

The number of programs that were instituted during her tenure are numerous. RSVP’s Homemaker Program was launched. The Respite and Transportation programs were expanded throughout rural Nevada. “Friends Day Out” was established using the innovative “Java Music Club”. RSVP elder care services were expanded to include adults with disabilities who could use our respite and transportation services.

Ms. Haas created the Veterans VIP Program to assist Veterans who could benefit from RSVP’s independent living services and access essential veteran resources including suicide prevention, awareness and support. RSVP received the Governor’s Points of Light Award for Volunteer Program serving Veterans in 2017 for this program.

With her leadership and the help of dedicated staff, RSVP received the prestigious Service Enterprise Initiative Accreditation.  

Ms. Haas stated, “It has been a lifelong goal of mine to make a difference in the world and to be a positive force for good. Working with RSVP has given me that opportunity. It has been an honor.” 

It has been an honor for us as well! Thank you for your dedication and service.

Caroline Punches
Board President
RSVP Continues to offer Farmers Market Coupons in August

RSVP has a limited supply of free Farmers Market coupons available for Carson City low-income seniors.

Beginning August 13th, on every Thursday and Friday thereafter during the month of August, Farmers Market Coupons will be distributed at the RSVP office in Carson City from 9am to 11am, or until coupons are gone.

The RSVP office is located at 2621 Northgate Lane, Suite 6. A table will be set up just outside the main door office entrance for safety and convenience.  

Please note:   All volunteers and staff will be wearing masks. Recipients will need to wear a mask when signing for and receiving their coupon books. If there is a line, you must maintain social distancing guidelines of six feet between each person. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided by RSVP.  

For coupon and eligibility details, please read full August 6 press release: RSVP Farmers Market
RSVP Cancels Upcoming Events
For safety reasons and due to the limitations for gatherings due to COVID-19, RSVP will not present “Reaching For Zero” A Veteran Appreciation & Veteran Suicide Prevention Awareness Event, which was scheduled to take place September 19th at the Casino Fandango Ballroom, Carson City. 

Additionally, RSVP has cancelled the Nevada Day Carnival scheduled for October 29 – November 1. This year would have been the 35th year RSVP held the event as part of its annual community fundraisers. This fun event combines with the rich tradition of activities and celebrations that are centered in Carson City as an annual coming together to celebrate Nevada's heritage and the founding of this great state on October 31, 1864!. 

Proceeds from these events go towards services for Carson City seniors, Veterans and persons living with a disability. Planning for the 2021 events are currently underway.

To learn more about RSVP's scope of independent living services and volunteer opportunities, please visit: NV Rural RSVP
Unemployment Scams and Identity Theft on the Rise

The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) has discovered numerous fraudulent schemes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Scammers are using unscrupulously obtained personal information to apply for unemployment insurance and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits often in another person’s name. This phenomenon, not unique to Nevada, is being experienced nationwide. The agency is working with Nevada’s COVID-19 Fraud Task Force to investigate unemployment fraud.

Any individuals or employers who think they have been a victim of fraud, or know someone is committing fraud, should visit DETR’s website at: DETR and select the Fraud Reporting Form on the left-hand side under Quick Links.
Volunteerism Adds Value to Service!

“In the years since I started respite volunteering, I have signed more than twenty caregivers for myself and other volunteers. RSVP has eight volunteers currently in Washoe County with clients. We know how important it is for caregivers to get a break from their 24/7 duties. We all agree that we also do it because we love meeting new people and hearing all the wonderful stories that our clients recall from their younger years.”

- Joan Lee, RSVP Washoe County Respite Field Representative
Respite Care Makes an Impact

"Thanks so much to the RSVP volunteers, Joan Lee and Karen Correll, who took such special care of my husband. He looked forward to their visits, enjoying the time spent talking, laughing, watching TV, having lunch, taking naps and their cheerful personalities. They always kept him safe and I never worried about his care when he was with them as they were so thoughtful and caring to his needs."

-RSVP Respite Client on behalf of Care Recipient
Senior Outreach Services (SOS) Presents September Education Talk
SOS sponsors educational presentations throughout the year on a variety of topics related to elders and aging. For the rest of 2020, the (SOS) Education Talk Series is being presented exclusively via the Zoom teleconference tool. There's no need to leave your house!

"Stop and Smell the Roses, and Linger a While!" Find out more about one of Reno's hidden treasures, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. Presenter Bryan Harrower will introduce you the park and some of its features, such as the Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden, and the Wilbur D. May Museum. 

DATE: Tuesday, September 8, 2020
TIME: 10 to 11 a.m. via Zoom teleconference

Please register by Friday, September 4 at this link: SOS Sep Talk Series

Senior Celebration Magazine 2020-2021 Edition Coming Soon
In lieu of the Senior Celebration event, the Senior Service Network will publish the 2nd annual edition 2020 Senior Celebration Magazine to connect our aging population and their families with health, happiness and supportive resources for living their best life in northern Nevada.   
Enjoy your copy of the Magazine which will be available soon at key locations in northern Nevada including senior centers, Meals on Wheels programs, assisted living facilities, active senior living communities and in-home care agencies. 
To learn more about the Senior Service Network, please visit: Senior Service Network.
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