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Via Christi HOPE


Name: Betty Wilken

Favorite Charity: Via Christi HOPE

Website: www.via-christi.org/body.cfm?id=1352

Via Christi HOPE is a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) operated by Via Christi Senior Services. I have been a participant of the program for 5-1/2 years. Because I'm on the receiving end of this program, I know the benefit personally. They live up to their word in every way.

I make jewelry that goes into their "Bingo Store," where participants who play bingo can use their "bingo bucks" to purchase necessary items, pretties for themselves and gifts. This is wonderful because all of us in the program live on very tight budgets. I also teach basic beading to anyone wishing to learn and I make pretty bracelets out of their life-line buttons. The buttons come with an ugly black elastic band and, because we need to wear them 24/7, we want them to be pretty.

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