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Sister Loretta Jasper, Director

Positive and constructive mentoring for children and teens is priceless whether it is provided by parents, grandparents, teachers or neighbors.

Courtney Strauss, wrestling coach of Bethany College, Lindsborg, provided his team of 24 with a weekend of team-building in Abilene this past month. He called asking if there was a way his team could provide one to two hours of service on the following day, Saturday, within Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene.

An unquestionable YES!! The team being at 803 N. Cedar St. was a win-win for the team who was building rapport with one another very early in the school year; and, for NtoN Abilene as well. Within that prior week we had been gifted with a “boatload” of fruits and vegetables needing immediate attention with sorting, preparation for canning and further ripening. (Go to the Gallery for photos.)

Within one hour 3 young men cleaned the fish aquarium; 5 sorted several bushels of locally picked pears; another 5 sorted the same amount of locally grown apples; 3 sorted 50 pounds of red onions received from the Wichita KS Food Bank; and 7 pared and chopped 50 pounds of  carrots for our canning—also received from the Wichita KS Food Bank.

Benefit for the team?  Some young men were doing something they had never done before. Each was following a new set of directions from a new person,  problem solving; working together, and most especially getting better acquainted with one another. The hour spent at NtoN Abilene was a step ahead in the new year of college wrestling, college courses, and campus life.  It was a way to contribute to another for nothing larger than a huge THANKS, a glass of lemonade, and a homemade cookie.

NtoN Abilene also has the privilege of having a local middle school 8th grader come for one hour twice a week right after school. Either Cara’s Mother or Grandmother is available to provide her the transportation she needs.  Cara merely wants to expand her gift of responsibility by learning new skills of  problem solving, following directions, communication, and task completion.

YES! We are Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene

We are focused upon supporting, directing, and mentoring not only children and teens; but also one another as adults.

We are a place where women can find mutual support and encouragement…a place where children are welcome to participate along with custodial caregiver.

We are a 501c3 non-profit organization which is supported by volunteers, financial and in-kind donations, and grants.

Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of this place. 

 


Sister Loretta Jasper, Director

Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene is a place where any woman, any walk of life, with or without children, can find mutual support and encouragement.

There are two significant and recent happenings in which our neighbors are available to help another neighbor.

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University is offered on Mondays, beginning  September 9 to November 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with on-site childcare provided. Thanks to a scholarship provided by St. John’s Episcopal Church, this course is ultimately free if all sessions but one are attended.  Our partnering with Astra Bank provides the participants with additional on-site mentoring by one of Astra’s specialists.

Bal-A-Vis-X, one-on-one sessions at fifteen minutes each, provided by Tom Schwartz each Tuesday, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., is designed to improve balance, and mental focus, for starters. Again, no cost to you our neighbors: ages 2 to 200. Call for an appointment. 785.200.6750.

Follow us each day on our Facebook site: Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene; and, our website: www.N2NAbilene.com.

Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene is supported by grants provided to non-profit organizations, by monetary and in-kind donations; our Board of Directors, our guests, and volunteers.

Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of whatever place you occupy.      


       

September begins a new program at Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene,
803 N. Cedar Street.

Beginning Thursday, September 5, and each Thursday following, 1:00 and 2:30—Tom Schwartz is offering 15-minute sessions in Bal-A-Vis-X for any age: 4 to 104.

Bal-A-Vis-X is a stress free exercise which addresses balance, auditory imprecision, visual tracking difficulties, impulsivity and anxiety.  No cost to participant. Childcare is available.

Check this out at least one time. No one person is too old to benefit. Bring a friend or family member along.

Questions? Want to make a reservation?  Call: 785.200.6750


August Article by–Sister Loretta Jasper, Director

School is about to begin again after a very quick Summer filled with many activities in each of your households. Hopefully, the pace included in this upstart is healthy, safe and filled with kindness for self and one another.

The quick pace we continue to maintain within Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene is also as we wish. Lots of jars have come in and lots of canning of jams and vegetables continues: thanks to gifts from “neighbors’” gardens throughout Dickinson County. We continue to meet new neighbors throughout Dickinson County: Abilene, Herington, Solomon and Chapman through the Farmers Market and Mercantile, parades, fair booths and multiple other events. We also continue to be in the right place at the right moment to assist in re-directing some of the challenges and unmet needs within individual households.

We are a place which welcomes individuals who are willing, able, available to help in making a difference in one’s own life and in the life of another through kindness, care and sometimes just plain sweat. We are never overflowing with too many individuals willing to provide a couple of hours; a day; several days a month, since needs are not limited. We welcome time; in-kind and cash donations. All of these resources provide in tending to needs which provide for the needs of each person with whom we come in contact. When another’s need is met; our own life is enhanced.

Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene welcomes any woman, any age, any walk of life into a safe, secure and welcoming environment at 803 N. Cedar Street. Hours: Mon. to Fri., 9:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Tues., 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. We are supported by grants, in-kind and cash donations.

For more information: contact 785.200.6750; Facebook: Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene.com; web: n2nAbilene.com

 

July Article  by–Sister Loretta Jasper, Director

Neighbors continue to help neighbors both at 803 N. Cedar Street and in neighborhoods throughout Dickinson County.  Who benefits? The helper and/or the recipient.  Are we talking about helping with the tangibles of monetary and in-kind gifting, or giving in time, or in relationship building?

Over one year ago, while living in her car in the dead of Winter, Liza stopped into Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene in need of any and all resources just to sustain each day. She had depleted all options offered, and was terrified to make use of our simple daily options of shower, laundry, a safe place to be during the day, and for lunch and food.  After accepting a simple meal, she moved along, only to return six months later, then three months later, and now Liza stops in at least one to two times per month.

Trust building for Liza is a slow process given her tattered emotional well-being. It is not uncommon for her to make choices and act in ways which appear unimaginable for the “normal and responsible” individual.

Neighboring is not always easy, nor is it ever completed. Neighboring may not necessarily result in a sense of accomplishment, helping another, or even in “feeling good”.

Reader, what kind of neighbor are you?  

Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene welcomes any woman, any age, any walk of life into a safe, secure and welcoming environment at 803 N. Cedar Street. Hours: Mon. to Fri., 9:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Tues., 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information: contact 785.200.6750; Facebook: Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene.com; web: n2nAbilene.com

Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of this place.

 


Provided by Sister Loretta Jasper, Director

Summer is upon us, and the local gardens are looking very much alive and productive.  Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene will receive any extra produce and canning jars with open arms. We can or freeze each item gifted to us for use in our lunches, cooking classes, and fund raisers. Each gift helps in the support of Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene whether it is cash, grants, in-kind donations, volunteers.

Each gift provides us with the opportunity to respond to needs within Dickinson County, while also providing us with the ability to cover our overhead: rent, utilities. Neighbor to Neighbor!

Plan to visit us in Solomon each Tuesday 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. between June and the end of October for the  Solomon Farmers Market and Mercantile in the city park.  Join us in Herington during the Tri-County Fair, and in Chapman on Labor Day weekend.  We enjoy meeting each of you and featuring gifts from you which we have Upcycled: Re-produced ‘n Re-fashioned, and through our Cottage Industry. Yes, we will have a float in parades in Abilene and the outlying towns in Dickinson County.

Stay tuned with us via Facebook: Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene; and www.N2NAbilene.com. These sites are a great way to know what is happening on a daily basis, and to learn how you might join in tending to the dear neighbors of Dickinson County.

Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene is a place where any woman, with or without children, can find mutual support and encouragement.  We are a not-for-profit 501c3, comprised of a volunteer Board of Directors. We are supported by volunteers, grants, in-kind and monetary donations.

Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of this place.

 

 


NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR ABILENE is looking for volunteers to:

  • Mow our lawn; and to weed-whack the borders.
  • Walk with us in our Summer parades throughout Dickinson County.
  • Help run our Summer booths throughout Dickinson County: to help with sales and to promote Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene.
  • Help assemble Comfort Kits for Kids in Distress.
  • Deliver Comfort Kits for Kids in Distress throughout Dickinson County to: schools, police departments/1st responders, social service agencies.
  • Volunteer as a driver in our Neighbor Express Extended program. Driver provides the car, time, insurance, valid drivers license; we provide the cost of the background check.
  • Help with canning and freezing garden produce.
  • Design flyers for distribution.
  • Clerical assistance: print, collate, file, phone, hospitality.
  • Distribute flyers and promotions.

Questions? Call 785.200.6750, or PM

 

Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene
By Sister Loretta Jasper, Director

Congratulations to each of  our 2019 graduates. Most especially, congratulations to the parents and caregivers who supported each graduate in the journey.  The end is here!

Have you heard that NtoN Abilene is hosting  OCCK’s Job Club at  803 N. Cedar St. from 2:00 to 3:30 the 1st and 3rd Mondays of June, July and August?  Any  person 18 years old, plus, is welcome.  Each participant can hope to learn how to: write a resume, search for and apply for jobs on-line, and practice interviewing. No charge.

Did you know that we are a kid-friendly place?  Kiddos 9 y.o.+ may participate with one’s custodial adult for any class or service we offer. This includes: drawing, sewing, cooking, baking and such. The younger kiddos are welcome to enjoy the Care Full Center for Kids as long as the custodial adult is on-site.

Follow us on Facebook: Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene; and our website:

www.N2N Abilene.com to keep track of what is happening within NtoN Abilene these summer months.

Help! We need volunteers to help us cover our craft booths in the fairs and festivals throughout Dickinson Co.. Ten year olds are welcome to help when accompanied by a custodial adult.

We’d love to have volunteers mow and weed whack our lawn.  Any takers?  Lawn equipment, ice cold water and our classic cookies are provided.

Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene is a place where any woman can find mutual support and encouragement, with or without children. We are a not-for-profit 501c3, comprised of a volunteer Board of Directors.  We are supported by volunteers, grants, in-kind and monetary donations.

Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of this place.



Upcoming Events at Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene

Dave Ramsey’s course in financial management: Seven Baby Steps-a proven solution, will begin Tuesday, May 14 to July 8—6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at 803 N. Cedar St., Abilene.  Open  to Dickinson County residents for $50.00, when you register through Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene.  First session: a look ‘n see to determine if this is the course for you. Provide registration fee at that time, if this course “fits”.  Couples/individuals are welcome. Child care is available on site.

Tools for Self Support in Physical, Emotional and Mental Management facilitated by Becky—each Wednesday, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene, 803 N. Cedar St. open ended; no charge; privacy is respected.  Come, join in sharing and receiving support.

Sister Loretta Jasper, Director
785.200.6750

 

 


By Sister Loretta Jasper, Director

Our calendar is bursting with events and happenins’ in-house at 803 N. Cedar St, and throughout Dickinson Co.

SHOUT-OUT for volunteers 18 yo +; and younger, if accompanied by custodial adult:

–To assemble and deliver Comfort Kits for Kids in Distress to schools and 1st responders in Abilene, Solomon and Herington.

-To sew blankets, pillows and tote bags for our Comfort Kits for Kids in Distress. All of the supplies and machines are located at 803 N. Cedar Street. Feel free to come in to sew; or to sew at home.

— Drivers throughout DK Co. to provide transportation 50 miles round trip to/from Abilene to individuals for medical and business appointments through our Neighbor Express Extended transportation service. Call: 785.200.6750 for details.

–On-site assist with hospitality with our guests, meal preparation, clerical services, grant writing.

–Join in Spring/Summer tasks: lawn and yard; parades and booths.

Spread the word and mark your calendar: Thanks to scholarships provided by our DK. Co. neighbors, Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene has scheduled our second Dave Ramsey financial management course:  7 Baby Steps- A proven method beginning Tues., May 14  to July 9, 6–6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Registration: $50.00 by calling 785.200.6750 vs. on-line registration at $109.00.

Our $50.00 registration for individuals/couples is available through gifts from generous donors.

Incentives for participating in the nine weeks, along with on-site child care are available.
The goal of the course: To dissolve debt and to build a solid financial foundation.  Couples and individuals are encouraged to participate.

–Looking for an Eagle Scout project? Call: 785.200.6750.

Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene is supported by grants awarded to not for profit organizations,  time provided by volunteers of all ages and walks of life; monetary  and in-kind donations; our Board of Directors; and guests.  Each component within NtoN Abilene assists in our day-to-day upkeep and sustenance on behalf of each neighbor: volunteer and guest alike.

Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of this place.


March  Article  by Sister Loretta Jasper, Director

Join us in celebrating the 1st Anniversary of Neighbor to Neighbor-Abilene at 803 N. Cedar St.

Help us celebrate by joining us and spreading the Word:

  • Neighbors Express is our program which provides a free round trip bus pass to persons who are without transportation, and who lack the resources to cover a bus ticket for transportation within Abilene and 6 mi. beyond for work, interviews, responsibilities related to family, Neighbor to Neighbor-Abilene and such. Hours include 7:30 a.m.  and 5:00 p.m.; Mon. to Fri..

Call: 785.200.6750 24 hrs in advance, to authorize the ride.

Memorial Health provides round trip bus passes to persons who have appointments within Memorial Health; and the Senior Citizens Center provides round trip passes to persons eating lunch at the Senior Center.

  • All programs and supplies within Neighbor to Neighbor-Abilene are available at no cost to our guests. This includes: daily lunch, child care, laundry, shower, haircuts, use of wi-fi, and laptops.
  • The inventory in our gift shop: NtoN Upcycle- Re-produced ‘n Re-fashioned is comprised of products created from gifts provided by our neighbors in Abilene/DK Co. The gift shop is open M. to F., 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 803 N. Cedar St. Proceeds from the suggested donations assist in the sustenance of the programs within Neighbor to Neighbor-Abilene.
  • The gift shop also includes inventory created by guests of NtoN-Abilene via the cottage industry. All income from these sales goes to the individual guest.
  • Our partnerships include: Parents as Teachers, Abilene Cares Coalition, Quality of Life Coalition, Mommy ‘n Me Breastfeeding Coalition, KSU Extension Services, USD 435.
  • NtoN-Abilene is a not-for-profit organization which is supported by grants, financial and in-kind donations, a Board of Directors, volunteers and guests.
  • NtoN-Abilene is a place where women of all walks of life, with or without children, can find mutual support in an encouraging and safe environment.

 

Take care of yourself.

Take care of each other.

Take care of this place.


 

Provided by Sister Loretta Jasper, Director

Our Groundhog Day Spelling Bee on February 2 was most successful. Thanks to each of our sponsors, volunteers and patrons, it was a fun eve., and a terrific fun-draiser to help in the support of rent and utilities for Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene. Come again next year.

We welcome help in sewing blankets, pillows and tote bags for our Comfort Kits for Kids in Distress. All of the supplies and machines are located at 803 N. Cedar Street. Feel free to come in to sew; or to sew at home.  Our intent now is to distribute the kits beyond Abilene, into Solomon and Herington, but the above items are lacking.

Spread the word: Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene is hosting our first Dave Ramsey course in Financial Management beginning March 12 to May 6–6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at 803 N. Cedar St.

The goal of the course: To dissolve debt and to build a solid financial foundation. Scholarships and incentives for participating are available. Couples and individuals are encouraged to participate. Child care will be provided.

We are now in the midst of providing our third 7-week course in Healthy Management of Diabetes from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays at the KSU Extension office at 712 S. Buckeye. Free to all persons. New participants are welcome this week only.

Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene is supported by grants awarded to not for profit organizations, time provided by volunteers of all ages and walks of life; monetary and in-kind donations; our Board of Directors; and guests.  Each component within NtoN Abilene assists in our day-to-day upkeep and sustenance on behalf of each neighbor: volunteer and guest alike.

Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of this place.

 


Provided by Sister Loretta Jasper, Director

YES! Groundhog Day is nearly here: Sat., February 2 and we remain in the full tilt of Winter.

Our Groundhog Day Spelling Bee intends to bring out the sunshine in each person of any age present between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. at the Abilene Civic Center; and to increase support of our rent/utilities and non-programmatic operations.

This fun-draiser is not your typical spelling bee since teams of 2 to 6 will solve the words with 1st, 2nd and 3rd cash prizes being the ribbons for the last teams standing, with lots of fun mixed in.

No need to have received prior ribbons in spelling competitions since Tom Schwartz and Joe Basso’s task as emcees will be to keep teams on their toes and bamboozled.

Teams will rely on the purchase: of mulligans for do overs; for passes; and for shout outs from the active spectators.

Double YES!  Get a team set-up; and for sure, come to enjoy our homemade chili and cinnamon rolls. Triple YES! Indulge yourself with raffle tickets for our take home prizes: flip flop quilt, Doc’s bowls, Jo’s pyrographic art, gift certificates to eateries/GPT, and more.  Need to be present to win.

Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene is supported by grants awarded to not for profit organizations,  time provided by volunteers of all ages and walks of life; monetary  and in-kind donations; our Board of Directors; and guests.  Each component within NtoN Abilene assists in our day-to-day upkeep and sustenance on behalf of each neighbor: volunteer and guest alike. 

Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of this place.



Lead Your Health

Living with DIABETES

 FREE workshop series to help you

  • Gain self-confidence in controlling symptoms
  • Lead a fuller life.
  • Diabetics and caregivers welcome.
  • All ages welcome.

KSU Extension Service—Group Room

712 S. Buckeye, Abilene KS

 6-Week Workshop Series begins

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

1pm-3pm

Call to register at : 785-200-6750

 Facilitators: Jane Handlos, RN and Sister Loretta Jasper

Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene

 


January 6, 2018

Dear Friend of Neighbor to Neighbor-Abilene,

It’s tough when the groundhog sees his shadow, and we endure another six weeks of winter.

The great news is that on February 2, 2019, Neighbor to Neighbor-Abilene will be hosting a Groundhog Day Spelling Bee to put a little Spring back in our step!

This is not your traditional spelling bee.  This one is about fun, teams, and [shuh-nan-i-guh nz]! The Spelling Bee will be a fun time for all as a celebrity judging panel and MC will preside over the festivities!  Delicious homemade chili and cinnamon rolls will be available for purchase.

Friendly reminder: Choose your team of 2-6 members, or we can help you find a team.  Humans only!  No groundhogs or electronics allowed.

Shadow or not, pick your spot for a unique fundraiser to support a local nonprofit.

Proceeds from the Spelling Bee will support the 2019 operations of Neighbor to Neighbor-Abilene

Cash Spelling Bee prizes:                                          

1st prize: $150

2nd prize $75

3rd prize $30

Raffle Tickets:  6 for $5

Flipflop quilt, Doc’s Bowls, Dinner and movie gift certificates (Abilene restaurants and Great Plains Cinema), and more!

Please RSVP Neighbor to Neighbor-Abilene   (785) 200-6750.

Donations can be mailed to or dropped off at:

Neighbor to Neighbor-Abilene
803 N. Cedar—PO Box 442
Abilene, KS 67410

Tom Schwartz, Chairman               Sister Loretta Jasper, Executive Director


December article provided by Sister Loretta Jasper, Director

As Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene approaches our third year in January, we are totally delighted to have our Abilene/DK Co. neighbors join us in exceeding our goal to provide a PURSE FOR MOM for each of the 114 Angel Tree households.  Yes! We received more than 300 purses filled with various and sundry treasures–scarves, gloves, socks, jewelry, lotion, gift cards, etc.. We also shared with Moms among, the Solomon School families; two churches in Chapman; and, women receiving gift cards through the Church Women United outreach.

We asked, through our Facebook site, for help in furnishing an apartment for a gentleman transferring from Larned State Hospital to Abilene to continue support through OCCK. Gifts received include: bed, kitchen, and bath linens; along with kitchen and dining supplies.

This past year we distributed approximately 80 Comfort Kits for Kids in Distress within the Abilene School district.  All supplies and time have been donated: fabric for pillows, tote bags and cozy blanket; hygiene and journaling items; stuffed animals; and backpack. Our 2019 goal is to include Solomon and Herington in this outreach which includes first responders.

Stay tuned: Groundhog Day is Sat., February 2, 2019. We are launching our very own Fun(d)raising Spelling Bee.  We are looking for teams of two to six persons comprised of all ages to entice the groundhog into the sunlight so we can delve into Spring.  Plan to be bamboozled with words by our very own Board President, Mr. Tom Schwartz!  Prizes, raffles, food!

Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene is supported by grants awarded to not for profit organizations, time provided by volunteers of all ages and walks of life; monetary and in-kind donations; our Board of Directors; and guests.  Each component within NtoN Abilene assists in our day-to-day upkeep and sustenance on behalf of each neighbor: volunteer and guest alike.

Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of this place.


November article provided by Sister Loretta Jasper, Director

We recently hosted our 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Potluck dinner for any of our neighbors in Abilene/DK Co.

Our numbers doubled since our 2017 dinner and our guests ranged in age from 12 months to 90 years of age. Guests representing diverse socioeconomic levels were sitting side by side, eating delicious food carried in by each other.

It is most pleasing to experience, in the flesh, that NtoN Abilene is truly a place where any woman of any walk of life is welcome: that Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene is a safe, welcoming and comfortable place for friend making and mutual support through the classes and activities we offer.

Yes, men were present for this meal. Why not? It was a holiday meal for any of our neighbors in Abilene/DK Co.

We are now in the mix of the Christmas holidays: a season of celebration and joy and giving currently designed for believers and non-believers alike.

Try to shop locally.

Let’s try to keep our giving: first of all, from the heart; and, second, within our financial means.

Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene is supported by grants awarded to not for profit organizations, time provided by volunteers of all ages and walks of life; monetary and in-kind donations; our Board of Directors; and guests.  Each component within NtoN Abilene assists in our day-to-day upkeep and sustenance on behalf of each neighbor: volunteer and guest alike.

 

Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of this place.


October Article by Sister Loretta Jasper, Director

The “village” of Abilene and Dickinson County participates in Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene in multiple ways. We could not exist without the kindnesses of the many individuals, church and civic organizations  who cross our threshold in the course of each day. Your time, your talents, financial and in-kind donations(produce, craft, fabric) help to create a difference for the individuals and households we serve.

Your giving, hopefully enhances your own purpose in your day as well.

This is the time of year we receive produce from local gardeners which we are able to can and freeze for use in our daily lunches; in making jams and pickles; in providing our classes in Healthy Cooking, and Cooking for Persons with Diabetes.

One local couple keeps us supplied in cookies, which is popular among kids of all ages who walk into Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene, and for our lunches.

We have a cluster of volunteers who provide transportation for Dickinson County residents who lack the resources to get to appointments within 50 miles of Abilene.

We also have persons who: provide free haircuts to individuals and families; mow the lawn, help tend our booth at the local fairs; and prepare for events; and help with childcare. We have persons who sew pillows and blankets for our Comfort Kits for Kids in Distress. Persons of all ages and all walks of life are part of the Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene community.

 

Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene is supported by grants awarded to not for profit organizations,  time provided by volunteers of all ages and walks of life; monetary  and in-kind donations; our Board of Directors; and guests.  Each component assists in our day-to-day upkeep and sustenance.

This project is a verification of neighbor honoring neighbor.

Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of this place.


August Article by Sister Loretta Jasper, Director

Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene is the recipient of an outstanding project newly completed by Grant Weishaar, son of Toby and Julie Weishaar,  as part of the steps required in being awarded his Eagle Scout badge.

Our need was to have a  more space efficient way to store non perishable and frozen foods,  and supplies for our on-site meals and cooking classes .  Grant’s need was to have a project which would increase his skills in leadership, organization, fund-raising, and oversight of his crew of peers.

Designing and crafting a room in our annex meets city codes and more than meets all of the expectations of not only Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene, but also that of Grant, and that of his key mentors, Toby and Julie Weishaar.

The village of the Weishaar family, Scout Troop 40, and numerous donors transformed the draft of the pantry into a reality. This village was also fully engaged in balancing the details of daily family life, school and church  commitments, employment and summer camp.

The mission of Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene: “ a safe place, an enhancement of daily life for woman (and families), with or without children”  is more than marquised in Grant’s endeavor.

Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene is supported by grants awarded to not for profit organizations, private donations of time provided by volunteers of all ages and walks of life; monetary  and in-kind donations; our Board of Directors; and guests.  Each component assist in our day-to-day upkeep and sustenance.

This project is a verification of neighbor honoring neighbor.

Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of this place.

 


July Article  by Sister Loretta Jasper, Director 

“It sure is hot!” “When will the hot Summer temperatures end?”

Granted, the outside temperatures and heat are definitely out of our control. What we do have in our control is the way we self manage ourselves and those in our custodial care in the midst of the heat.

Water hydration, water hydration, water hydration is crucial both indoors and outdoors to prevent heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and other complications.

Consider these couple of tips:

If you are feeling weary, or getting a headache consider that a sign of needing to drink more water.  Plan to use the restroom least four times/day since this can be one cue that you are maintaining your level of hydration.

Avoid drinking caffeine based and sweet beverages. The sweetness and caffeine may perk us for the moment but they ultimately can increase the potential for dehydration.   If water is not a “tasty drink”, add a flavor: lemon, lime, fruit to enhance the flavor.

Wear a hat when outdoors to help keep the cool in our body.

Sunglasses protect our eyes from the boldness of the sun’s rays as well.

Wear lightweight layers of clothing, since the one layer serves as an insulation and coolant with our perspiration.

 Wear sunblock when outdoors even when it is cloudy, and apply it to exposed areas every couple of hours.  Sunburns for some of us convert into lovely tans, but years later may also result in skin cancers.  Consider slow and moderate tans if possible. Prevention, prevention, prevention.

If your home is without air conditioning and/or fans, Neighbor to Neighbor Abilene still has fans donated by Westar Energy.  Stop by Mon. through Fri., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. if we can assist with a fan, or with being in a cool house where ice water is always available.


Plan to visit our booth and look for us in the local parades during July: Herington parade, July 12, 5:45 p.m.; Chapman Street Fair, July 21, 11:00 to 5 p.m.; Abilene Central KS Free Fair/rodeo/parade, Aug. 2.


For questions, more information, interest in volunteering and/or participating–

Follow us on: FacebookNeighbor to Neighbor Abilene; and, www.N2NAbilene.com;

            Contact us: via Messenger; Text: 785.342.1692; 785.200.6750; or

             e-mail:  neighbortoneighbor803@gmail.com

 


  • NtoN-Abilene is a not-for-profit organization
  • which is supported by grants, financial and in-kind donations;
  • a Board of Directors, volunteers and guests.
  • NtoN-Abilene is a place where women of all walks of life, with or without children, can find mutual support in an encouraging and safe environment.

     Take care of yourself.
                                                    Take care of each other.
                                                    Take care of this place.