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Posted on: April 15, 2014

Social Security benefits help people with a ticket to work

Individuals with disabilities encounter numerous barriers to employment. Those frustrating walls hinder gainful employment and reduce self-sufficiency. But Social Security provides many effective work incentives that can be... Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2014

Long term care insurance: Get the impartial facts

Only about 10% of adults have long term care insurance. Given that Medicare does not cover long term care, how smart is that?

Long term care can be expensive. Long term care insurance is expensive. Pierce County Read on...

Posted on: March 31, 2014

Community Connections Citizens Advisory Board seeks members

The Pierce County Department of Community Connections is seeking citizen members to serve on an advisory board that makes funding recommendations for community development grants.

Members of the Pierce County Citizens’... Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2014

Knowing how to make a Will saves problems later

The Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center has scheduled an additional “Writing Your Will” workshop for Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m.

The free event will be held at the Jim and Carolyn Milgard Family HOPE Center... Read on...

Posted on: January 27, 2014

Workshop explores successful family caregiving

The vast majority of health care provided in the United States – 89% of it – happens at home. Nearly one in three households is involved in family caregiving – either directly or indirectly. But for most caregivers, there is... Read on...

Posted on: January 21, 2014

Bonney Lake remembers father of 3 killed by man with earlier vehicular homicide conviction

With the erection of two roadside memorial signs and a special DUI enforcement this weekend in Bonney Lake, family members urge the public to remember the life of Gary Slick, who was killed in one of Pierce County’s most... Read on...

Posted on: January 14, 2014

Community Connections Grant keeps Parkland kids smiling

Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children (LDCC) in Parkland is doing their part to make a positive impact in Pierce County for low-income children with unmet dental needs. Thanks to a grant from Pierce County Community... Read on...

Posted on: January 13, 2014

Learn how to maximize Social Security benefits

As the economy changes and the needs of consumers change, knowing how to make the most of Social Security benefits is becoming more and more important. For people preparing to start their Social Security benefits, a few... Read on...

Posted on: January 9, 2014

Homeless Coalition seeks volunteers

For those of us living in the northwest, the cold, damp winter seems endless by this time of the year. Imagine being one of the 670 homeless individuals who slept outside or in an emergency shelter in your neighborhood last... Read on...

Posted on: January 9, 2014

Volunteers sought for youth violence prevention program

The Department of Community Connections seeks volunteers to serve on the Allocation Advisory Committee for Prevention Programs, an advisory body to Pierce County government on the use of tax dollars set aside for youth... Read on...

Posted on: January 7, 2014

Knowing how to make a Will saves problems later

There are some topics that people are reluctant to think about. While 60% of adults said they believe everyone should have a will, only 44% said they have one. The reality is that a Will is an essential document for any... Read on...

Posted on: December 10, 2013

Tow companies, volunteers and cops team up to keep holiday roads safe

Law enforcement officers who began removing impaired drivers from Pierce County roads Thanksgiving Day are urging potential drinking drivers to call taxis and line-up sober designated drivers again this weekend.

The... Read on...

Posted on: November 21, 2013

Dangers of holiday scams and frauds highlighted

December always sees a spike in the number of scams, frauds and identity thefts by crooks taking advantage of the fast paced holiday season. Many of these crimes happen because shoppers are a little less attentive to their... Read on...

Posted on: October 11, 2013

How Community Connections helps a family coping with dementia

Lonnie and Rannah

Every day is a good day for Raanah Aanstead. But three days each week, she is in the best place. “People make me smile,” she said. “They make me feel special.”

For a little over a year, Raanah has been coming to Cascade... Read on...

Posted on: September 27, 2013

Help provided for individuals and families suffering addiction

Many individuals and families suffer silently under the shadow of addiction. When alcohol or prescription drugs take over a person’s life, those nearby are impacted too. It can happen in any family – rich or poor, large or... Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2013

DUI task force's taxi program kicks-off Sept. 28

Fun-seekers heading for 6th Avenue’s nightclubs this Saturday night in Tacoma will have help scoring a taxi ride home if they’ve had too much to drink.

The rides - the first 25 of which will be free for groups sharing a... Read on...

Posted on: August 27, 2013

Grandparenting has a new look in 2013

Grandparenting these days presents many new opportunities. But it also requires some approaches that were unheard of twenty years ago. The advent of technology and the experiences that youngsters have today create a whole... Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2013

Workshop prepares businesses for the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is moving closer to full implementation. Washington State has chosen to establish a Health Benefit Exchange, a marketplace where individuals and businesses (with less than 50 employees) can shop... Read on...

Posted on: June 27, 2013

Film explores depths of what makes us who we are

The Alzheimer’s journey is just another story – until it hits home. When Ann Hedreen’s mother began the battle with Alzheimer’s, it was only natural for the daughter – a professional filmmaker – to pick up her camera and... Read on...

Posted on: June 7, 2013

Learn how to maximize Social Security benefits

As the economy changes and the needs of consumers change, knowing how to make the most of Social Security benefits is becoming more and more important. For people preparing to start their Social Security benefits, a few... Read on...

Posted on: June 6, 2013

Get the facts about sun safety before summer arrives

Even the Stone Age people knew the sun brought life on Earth and that is one reason they used to worship it. But the sun can both heal and destroy. Sunlight can be the kiss of life or death. It depends on the way we use it.... Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2013

Cops step-up Cinco de Mayo DUI and liquor enforcement

As communities throughout King, Snohomish and Pierce counties bring out their sombreros and Mariachi guitars in anticipation of the coming Cinco de Mayo weekend, law enforcement is making its own plans.

Beginning on... Read on...

Posted on: April 18, 2013

Birthday party leads to 24 underage drinking arrests

A Party Intervention Patrol on April 6 coordinated by the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force resulted in the arrest of 24 youth, ages... Read on...

Posted on: April 9, 2013

Forum provides opportunity for caregivers to brainstorm

People who care for an individual with Alzheimer’s or other dementias are faced with heavy responsibilities unlike other caregivers. Sometimes the work can become overwhelming, especially when new and difficult behaviors and... Read on...

Posted on: April 4, 2013

Community Cafe's will help guide services in Pierce County

Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources (ADR) will host a series of three Community Cafés to help draft the 2014-2015 Area Plan Update. The Area Plan... Read on...

Posted on: March 25, 2013

Universal Design Workshop shows how to stay at home

People buy homes to suit their practical needs – kids, hobbies, interests, neighborhoods and more. But those needs invariably change over time. In order to stay in a home and enjoy the benefits, careful thought has to be put... Read on...

Posted on: March 7, 2013

Free special needs transportation expands in rural Pierce County

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Community Connections is expanding special needs transportation in rural Pierce County. The “Beyond the Borders Connector,” a four-month pilot project, provides eligible riders with a link to services in rural communities.... Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2013

Forum offers tips for businesses to combat cyber crime

Leaders in combating cyber crime and business identity theft will talk about trends and solutions for local companies at a forum on March 20 in Lakewood.

The forum, jointly sponsored by the Economic Development... Read on...

Posted on: March 4, 2013

Going to – and leaving – the hospital takes planning

A stay in the hospital used to be a pretty simple thing. Patients went in when they were sick and left when they were better. Today, a hospital stay is much more complicated. Patients leave the hospital with ever more... Read on...

Posted on: February 1, 2013

"Drive sober or get pulled over" Super Bowl weekend

Be sure to plan a safe ride home this weekend. The Target Zero Teams in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties will be out this Super Bowl weekend looking for impaired drivers.

“Football fans look forward to spending the... Read on...

Posted on: January 31, 2013

Film explores Alzheimer’s from the inside

One of every eight people over 65 years has Alzheimer’s. Over half of all families are touched by Alzheimer’s. There is no cure for the disease. But there is hope.

“HOPEless” is a special showing of two documentary... Read on...

Posted on: January 16, 2013

Learn how to maximize Social Security benefits

The Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center will host an additional presentation of “Social Security After Retirement” on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Pierce County Soundview Building, 3611 S. D Street in Tacoma, from 4... Read on...

Posted on: January 23, 2013

Learn the ins and outs of Medicaid

Health care costs continue to climb. Many people presume that in one way or another Medicare and/or Medicaid will pay for care, especially long term care.

Medicaid, a program financed jointly by the federal and state... Read on...

Posted on: January 9, 2013

Volunteers Needed to conduct Pierce County's annual homeless survey

The Department of Community Connections and Tacoma-Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness seek volunteers to gather census data of the homeless population and those on the verge of becoming homeless in Pierce County.... Read on...

Posted on: January 2, 2013

Workshop offers guidance for aging parents of children with disabilities

Parents of children with a life-long developmental disability, chronic illness or mental health condition often face a lifetime of challenges, successes, sorrows, and joys.

But what happens when aging parents develop... Read on...

Posted on: December 12, 2012

Holiday revelers can get a free ride home instead of a DUI

The Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force, in partnership with the Pierce County Tower’s Association and Aloha Cab Company, is kicking off... Read on...

Posted on: November 7, 2012

County seeks applications for community grants

Pierce County is soliciting applications for $800,000 in federal grants aimed at improving living conditions in lower income areas.

The grants will be offered to nonprofit, public and government agencies from the U.S.... Read on...

Posted on: October 29, 2012

Workshop prepares families for difficult conversations

Monday Oct 29 2012 11:42 AM

The holidays bring families together. It's a chance to catch up and share news. But it's also a chance to check up on older relatives and other loved ones who may be at risk... Read on...

Posted on: September 27, 2012

DUI Patrol and Home Safe Bar Program hits Tacoma streets

Thursday Sep 27 2012 9:56 AM

Pierce County's Target Zero law enforcement team dedicated to reducing the number of people killed by impaired drivers is headed for Tacoma the weekend of Sept. 29.

The team has arrested... Read on...

Posted on: September 21, 2012

Allocation Advisory Committee for Prevention Programs volunteers sought

Friday Sep 21 2012 10:29 AM

The Pierce County Department of Community Connections is seeking new members to serve on the Allocation Advisory Committee for Prevention Programs, an advisory body to Pierce County government... Read on...

Posted on: April 11, 2012

County helps convert Orting funeral home into food bank

Wednesday Apr 11 2012 2:19 PM

Say good-bye to candelabras and flower stands. Today, the rooms of the former Power's Funeral Home in downtown Orting are lined with shelves and bins of food, fruits and vegetables. The... Read on...

Posted on: March 6, 2012

Free job fair for students and those with developmental disabilities

Tuesday Mar 06 2012 11:54 AM

Job seekers and students with disabilities can attend a free conference called "Tools 4 Success" to help prepare them for their job searches and employment.

The half-day employment... Read on...

Posted on: February 14, 2012

Youth violence prevention experts needed

Tuesday Feb 14 2012 3:09 PM

Money is available from Pierce County's Department of Community Connections for organizations to develop Youth Violence Prevention Programs.

Community Connections recently announced the... Read on...

Posted on: August 1, 2012

Pierce County breaks ground on Energy Star certified housing

The Woods

With one ceremonial dig in an empty lot, County Executive Pat McCarthy kicked off construction of a new community in Pierce County – The Woods at Golden Given. Volunteers, contractors and community partners will now begin... Read on...