2019 Recap(News Letter)

It's been a wonderful year for AMSS. We have launched new programs and made exciting plans for 2020.

Our year’s highlight was AMSS's very successful November anniversary event that hosted 300 participants, a list of distinguished community leaders, speakers, and panelists. Special Thanks to our County Executive Marc Elrich for his participation, Dr. Raymond Crowel who served as a keynote speaker, Councilmember Gabe Albornoz, who served as the moderator for our distinguished panelists: Dr. Odile Brunetto, Mr. Assem Nigam, and Ms. Sara Fought. Special Thanks to Donna Phillips Mason who served as the event moderator.

Adding to our excitement was the graduation of 16 of AMSS Certified Nurses Assistants and the recognition of AMSS outstanding partners.

The Faces behind AMSS Success

We are grateful to AMSS Board of Directors, Stakeholders, Advisory Council members, our consortium of Islamic Centers, County and Community partners for their expert guidance and support.

Health and Wellness

We are proud of our Ambassadors who have completed 28 intensive training and received their certification for “Mental Health First Aid” from the County’s Primary Care Coalition.

Together, with our county and community partners, our Ambassadors held 16 Countywide Education Outreach events on health and Wellness and Interfaith related topics. 1,300 older adults, caregivers, and interfaith leaders participated in these events. More than 3,000 flyers and educational brochures were disseminated. Reducing Isolation- Improving the Quality of life of the Undeserved

Throughout 2019, our Ambassadors have reached out to isolated, diverse older persons and caregivers and have:

· Conducted: 297 visits;

· Made more than 700 phone calls;

· Collected emergency funds, and cooked food for 220 older persons and caregivers;

· Offered their homes as temporary shelters to 87 orphans, widowed persons, and older disabled community members in need.

Launching Community Funded Pilot Projects

In September, AMSS in partnership with the business community have launched:

"The Halal Meals on Wheels " - A Social Outreach and Support Project

Teams of Ambassadors are working together to coordinate the food delivery to 30 isolated older persons. providing them with support and comfort through their visits and phone calls, assessing their needs and linking them to county resources. AMSS has received more than 60 requests from older members, and caregivers to join the Halal Meals on Wheels Project in 2020. We hope to collect sufficient funds to prevent their isolation and include them in our work plan. “ The Certified Nurses Assistants (CNA) Scholarship and Employment ” A workforce Development Project

We are elated with the graduation and employment of 16 CNAs. We are grateful for the generous contributions of our members and especially Dr. Yasmin Majid who helped us start

the scholarship program. Special thanks to our business partners: Advanced Nursing and Home Support and CarePlus Home Health Inc, for their important role in sponsoring and employing our CNA graduates. We have received 72 applications from CNA candidates waiting for scholarship opportunities, and the chance to embark on a new career and a better quality of life.

Looking Forward to 2020

We plan to expand our projects to impact broader communities. Many exciting events and activities will soon be announced and as always you will be with us every step of the way. From all of us at AMSS, we thank you for your invaluable support and partnership. We wish you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

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