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October 27, 2016

Libbie’s Place: Breaking the Mold

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Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013 1:00 am

Positive Change

Libbie’s Place is much more than just an adult day care — it’s a place where friendships are forged and fun is had all day long. In the words of a few of our participants, it is “beautiful,” “awesome” and a great place to meet other people. We serve seniors age 55 and older who are experiencing decreased physical functioning, memory loss, depression or social isolation.

Socialization is not a new concept, but it’s now being recognized as an important part of seniors’ overall health. For many of our seniors, the changes are easy to see. They are more alert, eating better and are more physically active.

The overall structure of Libbie’s Place is innovative and adaptable, allowing each individual’s needs to be met. It also allows all seniors to take part of activities without any stress or fear of not being able to complete an activity, giving each person a sense of accomplishment and boosting their self-esteem.

Libbie’s Staff

We are proud of our professional, trained staff. Care Associates Chris Eblin, Gloria Gonzales and Betty Wells assist participants with activities and personal care.

Luci Gonzalez, our certified Activity Director, plans and leads our daily activities. Laureen Vasquez, LVN, our full-time nurse, helps with medications, health education and medical care as needed. Part-time RN consultants Lisa Stewart and Sylvia Cohen focus on the needs of our veterans.

Alice Williams is our Executive Director and a licensed social worker. Navella Cole is our Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator, who keeps our office running smoothly. We also have to brag about our two bus drivers, Lance Anaya and Frank Dryden, who safely transport our seniors to and from Libbie’s Place each day.

We Support Seniors and Caregivers

A monthly caregiver group is offered the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the community. It’s held at Moody Methodist Church in Room 120.

Libbie’s Place offers a financial assistance program based on a sliding scale for qualified applicants. Qualified veterans may also receive financial help from the VA. Many long-term care policies also help cover the cost of attendance.

How You Can Help

Libbie’s Place is a nonprofit community outreach mission of Moody Methodist Church and a United Way agency. Individuals and groups can support our senior participants through financial donations to our Saints for Seniors fund. All proceeds directly support daily operations at Libbie’s Place. Engraved bricks also can be purchased in honor or memory of a special person in your life to be placed in our garden. Funds support our financial assistance program.

We also welcome volunteers to help out with all of our daily activities. Our volunteers bring various talents and opportunities to the participants, such as gardening, piano playing, pet visits and crafts.

Libbie’s Place is located at 5402 Ave. U in Galveston, on the Moody Methodist Church campus. Mailing address is 2803 53rd Street, Galveston, 77551. Hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Libbie’s Place is 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, licensed by the Texas Dept of Aging and Disability Services. For more information, call 409-741-2538 or email Alice Williams at alice@moody.org.