• 64°

Upcoming LIFE fundraisers postponed

Due to COVID-19 concerns, we have postponed the 25th annual Rose Sale delivery and pick-up day from Tuesday, April 7 to Tuesday, June 16.

If you missed the March 24 deadline to order roses, you now have until June 2 to order roses online at www.lifemowercounty.org.  We are also looking for volunteers, email info@lifemowercounty.org for more information.

The 10th annual Taste of Mower County has also been postponed.  We are working very hard trying to set a new date that will work for all of the chefs.  A new date will be announced in the next couple of weeks.

Donations Needed

As the novel coronavirus continues to grip our communities, we are reaching out to you to help us ensure our members who live independently, with family or in group homes, remain happy, healthy, and safe during the days and weeks ahead.

LIFE Mower County is looking for donations of healthy snacks, hygienic supplies, board games, DVDs, craft supplies, coloring books, gift cards to grocery stores andcarryout/delivery restaurants, easy to make food items, etc.

These items will be delivered to those members in need.  Please call 507-433-8994 or email info@lifemowercounty.org before dropping items off or to request items to picked up. We want to make sure someone will be present to accept your donation.

Congress approves COVID-19 Stimulus Package

Last week, both houses of Congress approved and President Donald Trump signed a $2.2 trillion bill to address the economic and other impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. The final bill addresses some priorities of the disability community by allowing non-profit organizations that serve people with I/DD to receive small business loan assistance, allowing direct support professionals (DSPs) to accompany people they support in hospitals, extending the Money Follows the Person program, and providing additional funds for education (which can be used for special education) and housing. However, the bill missed the mark by failing to include more funding for home and community based services, address the shortage of medical equipment or DSPs, or fund-paid time off for family caregivers of people with disabilities.

Furthermore, while people receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will be eligible for recovery rebates without risk of losing their benefits, the bill requires them to files taxes, regardless of income level.