At home with changing lives.
MENU
Contact
Donate

TACAA (Texas Association of Community Action Agencies) Presentation

 

Two of Family Eldercare’s most tenured employees, Director of Housing and Community Services, Joyce Hefner, and Senior Money Management Case Manager, Kendra Peters, presented at the Texas Association of Community Action Agencies annual conference this month. Their presentation, exploring the developmental process of aging and providing case management services for elderly clients, highlighted the significant fact that older adults are the only population group to experience an increase in the number of people in poverty. Miss the event? We’ve included the TACAA Presentation slides here to learn more about the topic!

80 Over Eighty Honoree – Wilhelmina Delco

Wilhelmina Delco has been a fixture in the Austin community since she settled here over 60 years ago.  She is a champion for education and credits her mother with instilling this in her, saying, “My mother felt that education was the only thing nobody could take away from you.”  Wilhelmina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee where she met her husband of 66 years.

She started her involvement in education through her children’s PTA and soon was the first African American elected to public office in Austin, Texas as an at large member of the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees in 1968.  She went on to influence higher education policy as Chair of the House Higher Education Committee and served 20 years in the Texas House of Representatives.  Her election in 1974 was the first time an African American was elected at large in Travis County.  She was also a founding board member of the Board of Trustees of Austin Community College and later taught as an adjunct professor of education at the University of Texas.  She was inducted in to the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 1986.

In her portrait, Wilhelmina stands in front of the Texas African American History Memorial on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol that was sculpted by Ed Dwight and depicts Juneteenth.  She is passionate about the symbolism the artist captured in this majestic piece of Texas art.

Wilhelmina remains active today, swimming every morning at the YMCA and traveling with her husband and family.  For the last five years, they’ve enjoyed an annual Soul Train cruise tradition and have already booked their trip for 2020.  She encourages all of us to actively participate in our community saying, “This grand American experiment with democracy is not immune to prevailing political pressures or the stresses of time. For it to stay intact we must each raise our voice together, be active in our communities, churches and halls of government. This is our democracy — and we must fight to make it work for each of us. For without liberty and justice for all, there is liberty and justice for none.”

 

Thank you to our 2019 80 Over Eighty sponsors.

Nominations for next years 80 Over Eighty event are now live. Click here and submit your nominee today!

Don’t forget to follow us on social media!

Facebook: @FamilyEldercare

Twitter: @familyeldercare

Instagram: @family_eldercare

LinkedIn: @family-eldercare

Photo by Annie Ray – annieraycreative.com; Instagram – @annieraydotnet

80 Over Eighty Honoree – Sue Sharlot

Last year, Susan Sharlot turned 80 and now she jokes that 80 is the new 78.  She believes that gratitude is hard-wired into us, and that gratitude is the enhancer of life. In her adult life, Susan has been a secretary, a wife and mother, a registered nurse, a lawyer, a volunteer, a nanny, a friend, a dog owner, a bridge player and many other things from time to time.

After an accomplished career as a nurse and lawyer while raising a family, Susan retired to pursue her passion as a “super volunteer.” It began at her local library in Westlake.

Susan’s volunteerism is unmatched. She says yes more than she says no, and at Family Eldercare we are grateful Sue rarely says no. In 2001, Sue was asked to join the Board of Directors of Family Eldercare. She generously agreed to serve and extended her commitment to also serve on Family Eldercare’s Lyons Gardens Board of Directors. She was well prepared for these roles having already worked at the capitol under the administration of Governor Ann Richards on The Texas Board of Housing and Community Affairs. During her service Family Eldercare developed the national award-winning affordable senior housing community Lyons Gardens in East Austin.

Her super volunteerism became more personal after going into remission from breast cancer. Susan joined the Board of Directors of the Breast Cancer Resource Center in Austin to help others facing this disease. On the BCRC, Sue helped to encourage other women in their struggles against breast cancer. Her passion for serving continues today as she is currently on the Westminster Board and Westminster Manor Association.

Sue is a “Super-Volunteer,” and an amazing and inspiring Austinite who’s motto in life is to… “Be Grateful”.  You may think Sue has sage advice but she says, “The best advice comes from Honey, with the small fee of a doggie treat.”

 

Thank you to our 2019 80 Over Eighty sponsors.

Nominations for next years 80 Over Eighty event are now live. Click here and submit your nominee today!

Don’t forget to follow us on social media!

Facebook: @FamilyEldercare

Twitter: @familyeldercare

Instagram: @family_eldercare

LinkedIn: @family-eldercare

Photo by Annie Ray – annieraycreative.com; Instagram – @annieraydotnet

80 Over Eighty Honoree – Ophie Garcia

Ophie Garcia grew up in South Texas, the daughter of a migrant worker without a formal education.  She started working for HEB to help support her family in 1965.  She is the longest tenured employee who will be celebrating her 54th anniversary this month. Ophie often states that she went to the University of HEB where she got paid to learn all she needed to know to succeed as one of their most beloved employees. She used her experience to recommend cosmetic products for personal grooming, and medicine for sick babies or the older adults who visited the store.  Ophie genuinely cares for others and her passion to serve is an inspiration to all her coworkers at the Oak Hill HEB.

Ophie is not only a greeter at HEB she is a close friend of the family for many of the regular customers.  She greets each of them by their first name and asks about a particular member of their family in English or Spanish.

Ophie is passionate about the health and wellbeing of HEB customers.  She always looks forward to the second Tuesday of the month when she has the opportunity to translate for the pharmacist.  She wants her Spanish customers to feel unafraid while receiving their well checks-ups that often include vaccination shots for the little ones.  She wants them to understand that the HEB pharmacist is there to help them.

One of the things that surprises Ophie the most is when people are astonished that she is so knowledgeable about where to find things in the store.  At times the guests look at her with amazement when she, (a small senior lady) asks if they (a large burly man) need help.  More often than not they do need her help to find something in the store that is her home away from home.

Speaking of home, when Ophie is not at HEB you will find her enjoying time with her husband of 59 years, their four children and her grandchildren.

 

Thank you to our 2019 80 Over Eighty sponsors.

Nominations for next years 80 Over Eighty event are now live. Click here and submit your nominee today!

Don’t forget to follow us on social media!

Facebook: @FamilyEldercare

Twitter: @familyeldercare

Instagram: @family_eldercare

LinkedIn: @family-eldercare

Photo by Annie Ray – annieraycreative.com; Instagram – @annieraydotnet

80 Over Eighty Honoree – Mary Moody

Mary Moody’s story was shared by her daughter-in-law Julie. Julie nominated Mary because she has been volunteering and giving back to her community her entire life. Mary and her late husband of 48 years volunteered all over the United States. Mary shared that volunteering fed their souls and helped them love the many places they called home.

Mary’s neighborhood knows she is a passionate member of the Settlement Club, so they donate hundreds of items that she stores in her garage until she can transport them to be sold at the annual Settlement Garage Sale.  Every year the garage sale’s proceeds support the Settlement Home for Children, and she has been their passionate supporter for almost fifteen years.

Mary is an amazingly active person and stays fit and healthy by working out with her trainer twice a week. She loves to travel, volunteer, and plan social get togethers, and most of all she loves spending time with her three sons, their beautiful wives and her six grandchildren.

Mary has many friends and is such a positive and happy influence on all those who know her.  She is always discovering new things to do. She is in at least two book clubs, loves to travel, and plays Mahjong. In 2002, two years after her and her husband moved back to the Austin area, she joined The Westminster Presbyterian Church.   Mary loves the old church building where she sings in the choir and has served as an Elder and Deacon. She shared that the design of the roof is modeled after an upside-down ship.  So, when she looks up, she feels like god is saying, “I’ve Gotcha, and I’m going keep all of you afloat.”

 

Thank you to our 2019 80 Over Eighty sponsors.

Nominations for next years 80 Over Eighty event are now live. Click here and submit your nominee today!

Don’t forget to follow us on social media!

Facebook: @FamilyEldercare

Twitter: @familyeldercare

Instagram: @family_eldercare

LinkedIn: @family-eldercare

Photo by Annie Ray – annieraycreative.com; Instagram – @annieraydotnet