October 23, 2020
Friends Care Community Celebrates 40 Years!

Did You Know?

The Resilient Friends Care Community Staff, Families, and Board Celebrate a Significant Milestone!

In His Own Words—Executive Director, Mike Montgomery

COVID-19 has been tough on everyone from the residents, their families and our great staff at Friends Care Community (FCC). Despite how hard it has been, I am very glad to report that we are all hanging in. I believe that in time, we will look back at this very terrible time, as the time when we as a community pulled together and overcame some very tough obstacles.  

Despite the obvious isolation that our residents have been experiencing, they have shown strength not previously seen and have been resilient, understanding, and very patient. It is both great and uplifting to see the smiles on our residents’ faces as I walk down the halls while visiting with them.

I can say the same with our families, because they have had to be resilient, understanding, and patient as well. But in addition to this, they have also been supportive of us and the many tough decisions that we have had to make during the last few months. This experience has been even more meaningful to me and the staff at FCC, considering that they have been so negatively impacted by this. It breaks all of our hearts knowing that these caring families and loved ones have not been allowed to visit directly with their loved ones at FCC. The day this changes, we will all be rejoicing. 

What I cannot say enough about is our great staff. Everyday there is a new challenge that they have to meet. Not only have they met these ongoing challenges head on, but they have met them with class, professionalism, and a sense of duty and responsibility that is second to none. What they do every day surpasses anything that can be humanly expected from them. Of course, we are very proud of each one of these heroes. Actually they are not just heroes, they are SUPERHEROES!!! 

Every day is a challenge, and unfortunately we do not see an end to the pandemic anytime soon. But because of our fantastic residents, our supportive and caring families, and our superheroes that work here, we will stay vigilant and continue to serve our residents to the best of our ability.  

Together we know we will survive this. In fact, it is my sincerest belief that we will come through this even stronger as a group and organization than we were before all this pandemic started.  

To Donate: Friends Care Community  

For more information: Friends Care Community/Friends Healthcare Association, Inc.  

As the weather shifts to colder days and nights, the basic needs of housing and food security become more acute. In the village, there is a small but significant number of individuals and families who have few to no resources to establish a home in Yellow Springs—yet the village is their home.
The YS Police Department's Community Support Specialist, Florence Randolph, is now working full-time to reach out and provide resources, including $25 cards for food at Tom's Market, connections to local and county housing and mental health services, and even sleeping bags.
The next few months will provide challenges to us all, but especially to those who struggle to meet their basic necessities. Your generous support continues to help the Foundation provide essential supplies for the YSPD's outreach in our community. 
We are in this together.
Donate to the COVID-19 Community Support Fund to help support those in need of shelter: YSCF COVID-19 Community Support Fund
You can note “YS Homelessness” if you choose.
Staff Member Highlight
Kat Walter


In large part because of living in Yellow Springs, I have come to learn that the three Cs—community, collaboration, and creativity—require intentionality. 

Throughout my work, writing has suffused the different hats I've worn, early on as a content editor and then as a freelance writer of K-12 educational material. Needing to engage with people doing hands-on work, I became a community organizer for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, later forming my own nonprofit with a colleague doing similar work throughout Ohio. This intriguing work included teaching Democracy Schools and writing lesson plans for K-12 teachers about democracy in U.S. history, leading me to teach at the high-school level after earning an M.Eds. from Antioch Midwest. My earlier bachelors and masters studies at WSU were full-on liberal arts, and I am a better human because of this.

I intentionally left teaching to work in this village, pulling along the embers of my writing, community organizing, and teaching, realizing the crucial role collaboration plays. I currently coordinate the YS Repair Café, which is aligned with my interest in building interdependent community relationships. The YSCF challenges me to apply all of these experiences systematically and organically as program manager, through the Foundation Friday newsletter, and in countless ongoing and new ways as they emerge. For all of the crises the pandemic has created or exposed, it is evident that we have become a more interdependent village. 

As a former board member with Community Solutions and an Encore Fellow with the Foundation, and as a current  board member with the Glen Helen Association, the intense joy from deep commitment by all involved is evident. This I see throughout our many YS nonprofits.

  Our Journey
Our community passionately cares about our children's education, and we know the commitment of the our Schools administration, teachers, staff, and volunteers is unwavering. 
Even during the shifts caused by the pandemic, the schools are addressing equity in the classroom. This Race Forward video about racial equity in schools describes how Racial Equity Impact Assessments help determine the potential impact of a policy decision on different communities before it is made.
Race Forward— Making an Impact: Advancing Racial Equity in Schools

You're welcome to Join Us on our journey.
We would love to hear your thoughts on how we and the community can make these structural changes:

Thank You Again & Again to Our Many Wonderful Volunteers! 

100 + in all, supporting: Child Care - Data Support - Faith Community - Food Security & Bread Runners - Logistics - Mask Makers - NBCs - Research - Senior Care - Committee Members
Interested in joining us in support of our community? Become a volunteer or committee member:


Thank You Generous Donors!
You are vital to our village and township!

COVID-19 Emergency Fund Donors (week of 10/21) Lori Askeland & Frank Doden - Bob & Tia Huston - Robert Oldham - Allison Paul

Donors to Community Foundation Funds (week of 10/21) Zoey Bryant - Jeannamarie Cox - Jim & Kay Cox - Marc Holser - Frederick Mullins (Jasmine) - Ann Poortinga - Jane & Stephen Revak

Donors to Save the Glen Fund (week of 10/21) Chris Adams - Robert Oldham

Join us! To donate to funds at YSCF:

Events & News

DONATE to the YS Community Children’s Center Capital Campaign, Give for Today, Plan for TomorrowYSCCC Capital Campaign

SUBSCRIBE to our Foundation Friday Newsletter:

WE WEAR A MASK to protect you. Please wear a mask to protect us and your neighbors.

Our Mission 
Entrusted with the responsibility of enhancing community life, we are a catalyst and resource for local charitable giving and grant making.


Lisa Abel, President, Richard Bullock, Vice President, Matthew Denman, Treasurer,  Todd Leventhal, Vice Treasurer, Kayla Rothman-Zecher, Secretary, 
Theresa Graham, Angie Hsu, Artie Isaac, Ellis Jacobs, Joanne Lakomski, Joshua Mabra, Roger Reynolds, Kathryn Van der Heiden 

Jeannamarie Cox, Executive Director
Kimberly Kremer, Financial Administrator
Kat Walter, Program Manager
Melissa Heston, Outreach Manager
Harvey Curran, Volunteer Project Manager

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