January 2014

Assistance to help manage energy costs

Friday, January 31, 2014

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The Ohio Development Services Agency and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) want to remind Ohioans that the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus can help manage energy costs during these cold winter days.

The Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus) allows eligible Ohioans to pay their utility bills based on a percentage of the household income. This makes monthly payments more affordable year-round. To be eligible for the PIPP Plus program, a customer must receive his or her primary or secondary heat source from a company regulated by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and must have a total household income which is at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four the total annual income must be at or below $35,325.

Eligible Ohioans that heat with gas pay 6 percent of their monthly household income to their gas company and 6 percent to their electric company. Ohioans that heat with electricity pay 10 percent of their monthly household income to their electric company. After signing up for the program the local energy assistance provider or utility company will inform the customer of their PIPP Plus installment. When a Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus household pays the monthly payment on-time and in-full, some of their old debt and the rest of that month’s bill goes away in the form of a credit on their utility account.

To learn more about the program or to enroll call the toll-free hotline at (800) 282-0880, Monday through Friday (hearing impaired customers may dial (800) 686-1557 for assistance) or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov for more information. A program application can be downloaded at the Ohio Development Services Agency website. When applying, customers must provide proof of their gross monthly household income for at least the last three months.


ODSA Contact: Penny Martin at (614) 644-8774

PUCO Contact: Jason Gilham at (614) 644-6231

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business, and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe, and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.

– See more at: https://www.puco.ohio.gov/puco/index.cfm/media-room/media-releases/assistance-to-help-manage-energy-costs/#sthash.KqzLFo7J.dpuf

Where can seniors take middle school students on a field trip during a cold, snowy day? On Monday, January 27, 2014 this intergenerational group visited the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. as a Catholic Schools Week activity. Jennings Center for Older Adults hosted the students and used videoconference technology for a live, interactive program. Together they explored the shadow-world of espionage through the unique artifacts and tradecraft that only the Spy Museum can uncover. From the shoe-heel listening device to the WWII German Enigma machine, the audience learned about the secret history of history and moments when spying changed the course of history.

The intergenerational students studied a scene to spot suspicious and possible spy activities. They discovered top secret spy tricks, like stones that hide keys, cans that hold cameras and parts of nature that look like transmitters. Using critical thinking, observation, and analysis skills we tested our spy skills on a sample surveillance video while seeking an undercover agent in a brilliant disguise. Most importantly, the audience understood some additional Internet safety when we discussed the type of research online that can offer a stranger more information than is safe. It is an honor to participate in Catholic Schools Week with the students! Find some activities of your own when you explore the International Spy Museum web site: https://www.spymuseum.org/

Spirituality and You: Self-Esteem

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sister Valerie Sweeney’s topic this week is SELF ESTEEM: Self esteem means valuing ourselves for who we are, with all our unique gifts and talents. Here are three powerful quotes about self esteem:

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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Spirituality and You: Joy

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sister Valerie’s brief reflection this week is JOY! “Laughter is the jam on the toast of life. It adds flavor, keeps it from being too dry, and makes it easier to swallow.” — Diane Johnson quoted in Zen Soup by Laurence G. Boldt
To Practice This Thought: Make sure laughter is part of your menu.

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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

According to the National Eye Institute, more than four million people in the United States have glaucoma, a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve and result in vision loss. Unfortunately, nearly half of those with glaucoma are not even aware that they have it. Are you one of them? You owe it [more…]

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Mission and Ministry Matters: Discovery of Potential

Monday, January 6, 2014

It’s a new year, and a great time to reflect upon our core value of DISCOVERY OF POTENTIAL. Many of us make New Year’s resolutions, hoping to improve ourselves in some area, such as health, finances, relationships, etc. But we don’t need to wait until the New Year to discover our potential and make the [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Serve the Lord with Gladness

Monday, January 6, 2014

“Serve the Lord with GLADNESS!” –Psalm 100   This quote from the psalms was the motto of Mother Josephine, the foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, who have sponsored Jennings Center for Older Adults since its beginning 72 years ago. Mother Josephine lived her motto daily, in spite of hardships and challenges that [more…]

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