Koinonia Senior Care (KSC) was birthed in response to our personal caregiving experiences and the growing need we see for fellowship, respite, and non-medical assistance provided from a distinctively Christian perspective. We have witnessed the powerful impact of home visits, phone calls, and mail from church members, letting the senior know they are valued, thought of, and prayed for. We have witnessed the willingness of congregations and neighbors to use their talents and availability to help out the elderly with small home/yard projects, check-ins, or errands. And sadly we have seen lonely seniors who live as though they have no purpose and no friends. Some home-bound have been forgotten by their church and receive very little spiritual encouragement. Some have no church. Others are primary caregivers with very little time away from their loved one. Care giving is taking its toll on them. They need respite, time away, encouragement, and to know their role has significance. There are also new widows who are grieving and need a helping hand, a call, a note or a hug that says, “I care.”

Marty and Christine’s care-giving became even more personal when, in 2001, they had Christine’s grandparents move in with them. Over the years they have dealt with home safety equipment, long-term care policies, in-home healthcare (medical and non-medical), financial issues, driving privileges, hearing aids, physician involvement, medication  reminders, daily check-off sheets, daily vitals, diabetes, dementia, Parkinson’s, many hospital visits & overnight hospital care, nursing home choices, death & dying, funeral preparations, and after-death legal issues.

Christine has been a cosmetologist since 1983 and uses her skills in the homes of clients who cannot physically get to the salon. She also holds a degree in Christian Recreation since 1994 and uses this daily as she plans activities for persons at various cognitive stages and physical abilities. In order to better serve her grandmother, Christine went back to school to obtain her CNA, CMA, and HHA certifications. These skills have been so beneficial that Koinonia Senior Care is looking for ways to set up a scholarship fund to financially help KSC employees and volunteers who desire to pursue a career as a CNA and touch the hearts and lives of seniors with Christian care!

Marty Brisco is the volunteer Finance Manager for Koinonia Senior Care. Marty’s background is in Business Administration and accounting from WSU in 1980. He has worked for 27 years maintaining financial, accounting, administrative and personnel benefits and services. In 1998 he completed his Personal Financial Planning from WSU and completed his teacher/counselor training from Christian Financial Concepts. He and his brother developed, owned, and operated Yogurt Heaven, which was in business for 12 years before selling their last store. He was treasurer for many years at his church and is a man known for his integrity, loyalty, and faithfulness in the church, at home, and in the workplace.

Christine feels that God has been preparing them for such a time as this.  As they continue to live out care-giving on a daily basis with her grandmother in the home while raising their own family, they are constantly reminded of the need for honor, purpose, patience, understanding, encouragement, significance, respite and support.  From their personal journey, they have been called to encourage others traveling a similar path of care-giving as well as bring awareness to the needs of the aging and their care-givers.

Christine’s grandmother, the inspiration and poster queen of KSC, passed from this life into Heaven on July 25, 2013.  This ministry is dedicated to her.

 

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