IVINS OUTREACH CENTER
The Ivins Outreach Center (IOC) is a registered 501(c)3 charity whose mission is to mobilize aid to youth, families and older adults in crisis. It has provided help, over 10,000 times since 2003, to people who live in Morrisville, Lower Makefield Township, Yardley, Falls Township and Langhorne, PA . It was started by MPC as community outreach. Darletta Berry-Johnson is the Executive Director. She reports to a Board of Directors. The name Ivins comes from a family named Ivins, who bequeathed a large sum of money to MPC, and ¼ of which was used to purchase and establish the IOC.
What Does It Do?
It helps people find and apply for existing services and programs offered by area social agencies;
It manages an after-school enrichment program for youth; and
It provides transportation and companionship for the older adults living in our local community.
Where Is It Located?
The IOC’s office is at 80 West Trenton Avenue, Morrisville, which is adjacent to the MPC parking lot.
What Is In Its Future?
This past year, the Board of Directors determined that a growing need within our community is enabling older adults living in their homes or apartments to remain there as long as physically and financially possible, i.e., Aging Gracefully in Place. Staying Put in Lower Bucks County is a new program based on over 100 similar programs around the country and built to use over 10 years of experience with our Faith In Action program, which has provided transportation to doctor appointments, grocery shopping and other necessary appointments and has provided companionship and friendly visits to home-bound individuals.
The IOC's Staying Put program will replace its Faith in Action program. The Staying Put program will offer, to members who join, the same transportation and companionship services that has always been offered but with a broader range of services. These additional services include: transportation to local train stations and to the Mercer County airport, assistance with shopping, contractor recommendations, older adult education seminars, respite services, accompanying members to medical appointments to take notes if pre-approved in writing by the member, home safety assessments and help with technology.
How Do I Get More Information About The Ivins Outreach Center?
Go to it’s website at www.ivinsoutreach.org
Annual Report for Morrisville Presbyterian Church
In August of 2014 we, through a generous donation from Presbyterian Women were able to give away backpacks with school supplies to Morrisville school students in need. In September 2014 we had a successful Golf Outing which raised approximately $11,000. These funds have been placed directly back into the community to support the Ivins mission of mobilizing aid to the local community. In October of 2014 we were able to service 60 families with about 120 winter coats as fall transitioned into winter. Throughout the months of November and December Our Toys for Tots Donation Program, along with private individuals, the Deacons and organizations which adopted families, was able to provide a wide array of toys and gifts to 37 families in our local community. In terms of holiday meals, Ivins, along with generous donations from the Rotary Club, was able to provide Thanksgiving dinner baskets to twelve families, and Christmas food baskets to four families. We have also, through the Faith in Action program provided over 250 “Acts of Kindness” to homebound, detached older adults. Throughout the year, our Older Adult Education programs were well received and attended.
Perhaps our biggest accomplishment of the year was the transition from the Faith in Action program to the Staying Put in Lower Bucks program. The Staying Put program offers a wide range of services that allow older adults to remain in their own homes and stay actively engaged in their local communities. This program serves all of Lower Bucks County. We are very excited to bring this new program to the community.
Our greatest challenge of the year has been the upstart of our Staying Put program. It has taken the effort of the Ivins Outreach Center Board of Directors, the Ivins Outreach Center Staff, Volunteers and partners within the community to make the program happen. We are still learning, somewhat through trial and error but we know that in the end the program is much needed in our area and we are continuing to push forward. Teamwork, as always, has been our response to the challenges we have faced in starting the new program.
Thanks to those who have supported your ministries/programs:
We would like to thank The Ivins Board of Directors for their continued support. As well, thank you to Drew Hunger for bringing us the idea of the Staying Put program and spearheading the effort. Additionally, we would like to thank Morrisville Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Women and the Deacons for their ongoing support of Ivins. As well, we would like to thank our community partners, St. Mary Medical Center, LIFE St. Mary, William Penn Bank and Lower Bucks Hospital for their contributions. Thank you to those who participated in the Ivins Golf Outing this past year. Finally, we would like to thank the community for their wonderful donations and support.
Our goal for the upcoming year is to grow and expand our Staying Put in Lower Bucks program. We are looking forward, as always, to new partnerships and connections in the local community. It is also our goal to scholarship low-income individuals into the program so that they too, may benefit from the program. We will be working hard at recruiting volunteers and new members.
It is also a goal to continue to spread the word about The Ivins Outreach Center and what good works in the community are done through our organization.
First Thessalonians 5:14 “And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.”