Updates and Announcements
Bookstock Presenter & Vermont Author
Comes to The Thompson
Join us as we help kick-off Bookstock on July 28th. Author Castle Freeman, Jr. will be at The Thompson Center at 11:00 am to discuss his latest book, The Devil in the Valley.
Set in the world of contemporary Vermont, this beguiling tale touches on temptation and greed, and explores what we’re willing to trade to obtain the things we most desire. A memorable story that explores the super-natural while staying rooted deeply in our world, The Devil in the Valley is a powerful novel from a master at his craft.
Castle Freeman, Jr., was born in Texas, raised and educated in Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. He came to southeastern Vermont with his wife, Alice, on a whim and is still here 45 years later. He is the author of seven novels, something like eighty short stories, two story collections, and more than 100 essays, historical articles, op-ed matter, journalism, nature writing, and other nonfiction, most of it related in one way or another to the life of our state and its people.
Join us for an opportunity to learn more about his book and to chat with Freeman about the writing process. All are welcome to attend.
Older Americans Month 2017: Age Out Loud
Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals, and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best.
While The Thompson provides programs and services year-round, Older Americans Month 2017 offers an opportunity to emphasize the way older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence, and passion while serving as an inspiration to people of all ages. Throughout the month, The Thompson will conduct activities and share information in celebration of older Americans.
Join us for lunch on Thursday, May 11 as we celebrate Older Americans Month. The menu includes lasagna, tossed salad, garlic bread, spiced peach cobbler. RSVP
MARCH FOR MEALS!
A Nationwide Celebration Of Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Each March, The Thompson Center participates in “March For Meals,” a national campaign held during the month of March initiated and sponsored by the Meals On Wheels America (www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org), to raise awareness about senior hunger and nutrition, and to encourage action on the part of local communities. Volunteers for the Thompson deliver between 30 – 35 meals each day (Monday through Friday) to seniors throughout the towns of Woodstock, Bridgewater, Barnard and Pomfret. Last year we delivered 8,424 Meals on Wheels.
The highlights of our March for Meals events this year:
- Community Champions Day, Friday, March 24th – town officials and local celebrities nationwide are asked to deliver meals during the nationally recognized week of March 20 through 24.
- Our 3rd annual Thank You Walk on March 8th. Join us at 1:30 pm as we “March” down Central Street to deliver special “Thank You’s” to local businesses for their support throughout the year.
- Watch for our Meals on Wheels column in the Vermont Standard and visit our Facebook page for pictures and testimonials from our recipients and volunteers.
- Pomfret residents: The Thompson will be providing lunch at The Pomfret town meeting again this year on Tuesday, March 7th, at the town hall. Enjoy a delicious soup, sandwich, and cookie prepared by our talented chef, and support the Thompson Meal program too!
Celebrating 25 Great Years at The Thompson and Looking Forward to Many More!
Join us at our 25th Annual Meeting in this building as we celebrate our accomplishments and look towards what the future holds. Outgoing Board President, Tom Weschler, will be sharing the exciting survey results from our “Aging at Home Survey.” Nearly 90% of people age 65+ report that they wish to stay at home as they age! The goal of the Survey is to help identify gaps in needed services that aide in aging at home in our communities. From home repair needs, to transportation, or computer support, we know that there are things missing that could really help people age more successfully in their home. We’ll use the results from the survey to help develop needed services with other partners and to guide our own strategic planning and future mission. It’s been a great 25 years in this building, but what’s next on our horizon? Give your input and come hear what others have to say at our Annual Meeting on October 26 at 10:30 am. RSVP to 457-3277.
Surveys are being collected until September 30th, so please complete and return the survey included in your newsletter if you haven’t already. It can also be found on our website.
The Annual Meeting is also an opportunity to vote on and welcome new board members and associate members, and pick up a copy of our Annual Report that includes information about operations and achievements at The Thompson during the year and includes recognition of donors, supporting foundations, grant awards, and year end (unaudited) financial statements.
Please join us following the meeting for lunch at noon.
Menu: Tossed salad, Multi-grain Spaghetti & meatballs, Garlic bread, Fruit Crisp.
With very limited public transportation in our rural area, getting around can be tricky, especially if you’ve given up your keys (21% of Vermonters over the age of 65 no longer drive).
Did you know that the Thompson transportation program provides on average 315 rides each month?
Here are some important details about our transportation opportunities:
Local transportation to and from your home to The Thompson Center and other local stops are provided Monday through Friday between 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. Please call the Center by 8:30 am to request rides for that day. Local stops can be arranged daily with the driver, and longer grocery shopping trips to Mac’s are accommodated on Wednesdays and Fridays. Suggested minimum donation: $1 per ride ($2 round trip)
Medical Rides daily to and from appointments to all Upper Valley providers can be arranged through the Thompson vehicles or with a volunteer driver. A minimum of 48 hours notice is required for scheduling. When scheduling your medical appointments, please be aware that we try to arrange Lebanon/Dartmouth-Hitchcock trips on Tuesday/Thursday. Suggested minimum donation per medical ride round trip): $10
West Lebanon Shopping Trips depart from the Thompson Center on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 9 am on the Stagecoach van (returning at approximately 12:15 pm). Stops at various locations throughout W. Leb. can be arranged with the driver on the day of the trip. Please sign up at least 24 hours in advance and a minimum of 3 riders must be booked. All ages welcome. The Thompson funds these trips with Stagecoach so any donation is greatly appreciated.
Please contact our Outreach Manager, Paula Audsley, with any questions or to schedule a ride. 457-3277
Please note: Although we give priority to seniors and disabled and those in our service area, we try to accommodate others on our routes whenever possible.