EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 10, 2012

Lawrence resident honored for work as personal care assistant


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — BOSTON — Vicente de la Rosa of Lawrence worked in a hospital in the Dominican Republic for 10 years before emigrating to the United States and becoming a personal care assistant. As a PCA, he provides daily care to two clients, who are able to live independently because of his help. De la Rosa was honored last month by the state for his dedication. He was one of five individuals from across the state receiving the third annual Paul Kahn Award for PCA Service at an event at the State House.

PCAs support elders and individuals of all ages who have disabilities by assisting them with activities of daily living that they are unable to do themselves, such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation and shopping. PCAs also make it possible for many people with disabilities to go to work by helping them prepare for a day in the workplace.

“This award acknowledges the vital role that PCAs play in assisting more than 20,000 Massachusetts residents with tasks of everyday living. PCAs make it possible for people to live independently, with varying amounts of assistance,” said Elenore Parker, president of Rewarding Work Resources. De la Rosa was nominated for the award by both of his employers, Juan Cosme and Juan Santos, both Lawrence residents, who say that De la Rosa goes out of his way regularly. De la Rosa attends medical appointments with the men, gives out medications, and trains other PCAs to work with them. When Cosme was hospitalized with severe pneumonia for two weeks, De la Rosa visited him and provided care to him during his hospital stay, even though he could not be paid for those hours. De la Rosa commits a portion of his free time to improving the quality of PCA work, is a member of the collective bargaining committee for the PCA Worker’s Union 1199SEIU, and also serves on the labor management committee.

The award ceremony was sponsored by the Massachusetts PCA Quality Home Care Workforce Council, 1199SEIU Health Care Workers East, and Rewarding Work Resources. The idea for this event was initiated by Rewarding Work, which created and manages the Council’s innovative, web-based directory (www.mass.gov/findpcas) for finding and hiring PCAs.

Cultural Council seeks funding proposals

NORTH ANDOVER — The North Andover Cultural Council has set an Oct. 15 postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

According to Council Chair Linda Ann MacDonald, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in North Andover — including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.

The North Andover Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 local cultural councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the state. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

This year, the North Andover Cultural Council will distribute about $4,400 in grants. Previously funded projects include: Anne Bradstreet 400th Birthday Festival, Anne Bradstreet a Portait, Imagine That: Celebrating Reading, and assisting the North Andover Council on Aging Cultural, Social and Educational Programs.

For specific guidelines and complete information on the North Andover Cultural Council Programs, contact Linda Ann Mac Donald Chair at 978-273-0999. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at http://www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public.aspx.

Tag sale Oct. 27

at Baptist Church

NORTH ANDOVER — The Board of Missions at First-Calvary Baptist Church on Massachusetts Avenue is sponsoring a tag sale Saturday Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Refreshments and a light lunch will be available at a nominal fee.

Breakfast and politics on Friday in Andover

ANDOVER — The Service Club of Andover will host a breakfast-time political forum Friday at the Andover Country Club. Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m. with the forum scheduled to begin at 7:30. This event is open to the public and the breakfast is on the club. Scheduled to attend:

Barbara L’Italien and Jim Lyons candidates for the 18th Essex District

Sen. Barry Feingold and Paul Adams, candidates for the 2nd Essex and Middlesex Senate Seat

Kevin Cuff and Frank Moran, candidates for the 17th Essex District

Jack Wilson, Paul Iannuccillo, and Brian Corrigan, candidates for the Register of Deeds, Northern Essex County.