Welcome to Hamline Midway Elders!
A letter from the HME Service Director:
So many have asked us recently in light of Covid 19, and then neighborhood unrest, “How can I help seniors in areas affected?” The outpouring of generosity and community concern has been deeply moving. Our older neighbors are proving themselves to be resilient and resourceful, yet again.
To answer the “how to help” question, we could use volunteers to do the following things:
*”Adopt” a senior’s home this summer for mowing and weeding this summer (and/or shoveling this winter)
*As clinics reopen, we will need volunteer drivers for medical appointments who are at less risk for Covid-19 transmission than older drivers
*Shop for a Hamline Highrise resident twice a month at Cub
*Weed a senior’s yard and/or remove volunteer trees, or prune shrubs. Some lifelong gardeners with new limitations feel discouraged.
*Paint a garage, clean a garage, or wash windows at a senior’s home
*Deliver from a food shelf or grocery store to a senior’s home regularly
*Handyperson skills? Change a lock or install motion detector lights at a senior’s home
*Have a pickup? Haul trash, compost, or waste to the appropriate place. This is a morale booster and stress reliever. (Senior and/or HME will cover the cost).
Direct service to seniors—in their yards or as a volunteer driver—requires a background check and short volunteer application. To complete the background check, and begin the volunteer intake process, email Service Director Monica Gallagher at email@example.com. (If you are serving with a group outside, we ask that the group leader complete the background check). She can send you a link to complete the background check right away. There is also a volunteer application. Volunteer drivers must also show proof of valid insurance, driver’s license, and complete a 45-min. volunteer intake over the phone.
There are other ways to support seniors in our neighborhood, short of becoming an “official” volunteer:
*Introduce yourself, or simply leave a note, for your older neighbors. Leave your contact info if you feel comfortable. Many people we talk to are disappointed they don’t know their neighbors anymore.
*Donate to the rebuilding of Lloyd’s Pharmacy or other damaged businesses—links on the Hamline Midway Coalition page.
*Identify local reliable, friendly, affordable mowing services, favorite handyperson, electrical, plumbing, or housecleaners to add to our Aging Well resource list. These should be contractors willing to accept checks, and to complete a background check.
*Be aware of handicapped parking spaces, sidewalks, etc. when you park in the neighborhood. Open doors for those using walkers, canes—or anyone, really!
Please call our office with any questions or concerns. We remain grateful to serve a community-minded neighborhood!
Monica Gallagher, Service Director
HME Office Phone: 651-209-6542
All HME Events Cancelled
In accordance with Minnesota Department of Health guidelines related to slowing the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19, all Hamline Midway Elders groups, classes and events are cancelled until further notice. Our office will remain open. If you are an older adult in our service area, and are in need of assistance, please call our office and leave a message if staff is unavailable.
The Minnesota Department of Health Coronavirus/COVID-19 information is available on their website (https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/action.html),
and a hotline is available to take phone calls.
Questions about COVID-19?
651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3902
7 a.m. to 7 p.m
Now Offering Online Classes!
Chair Yoga with Nancy Giguere, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30am.
Tai Chi for Stress Relief with Bruce Tyler Mondays, 11:00am
Knitting/Crochet group meets Mondays at 1:00
These classes are will be offered via Zoom, and easy-to-use program. If you are interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and a meeting invitation link.
Address: 1514 Englewood Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
Phone: (651) 209-6542
We are a part of a network of 34 Living at Home/Block Nurse Programs throughout the State of Minnesota. For information on other programs, please contact the Living at Home Network at:
Hamline Midway Elders is supported, in part, by a Live Well at Home grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.