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Under the Magic Pine Tree announces sponsorship of the Child Care Food Program. The program is available without charge to all eligible participants. Children are served the same meals at no separate charge.

The United States Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability or political beliefs. Persons with disabilities who require alternate means for communication or program information such as Braille, large print and audio tape should contact USDA’s Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD.)

For more information contact Under the Magic Pine Tree, 2111 South Ave., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. Call (530) 541-4848.

CAPE: A voice for the vulnerable

In 2000, the Honorable Judge Patrick Riley convened an elder abuse task force to discuss current issues and concerns regarding the elderly in our community.

Citizen Advocates for the Protection of Elders was formed at the request of Judge Riley as one of the subcommittees associated with the task force. Similar to the premise of CASA, which represents the needs and concerns of children, Riley hoped CAPE might serve as a voice for vulnerable older adults. The statewide Long Term Care Ombudsman program fills that role for those in skilled nursing facilities and residential care homes. These are the individuals CAPE tries to assist.

There are many vulnerable people living in isolated, substandard or unhealthy conditions, or individuals struggling with various levels of health problems and/or dementia trying to live independently.

CAPE receives referrals from concerned family members, neighbors, friends or the senior themselves. CAPE volunteers work in teams of two. They visit the home of the person that has been referred to assess their needs. When necessary, CAPE follows up by making further referrals. CAPE will continue to monitor them until assured they are receiving appropriate services.

CAPE is under the supervision of Debra Brown, employed by El Dorado County Human Services. The program has expanded to enlist the help of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees, volunteers and soon the city of Placerville Police Department’s Seniors Helping in Enforcement-Like Duties volunteers.

CAPE continues to be the eyes and ears for the elderly who may not have family to help them stay in their homes safely and free from abuse. It is a wonderful chance to volunteer in your community and make a difference in elders’ lives.

To volunteer or find out more about the program call Brown at (530) 642-4860.

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