Here you can read excerpts of Letters of Support that we have received in response to CareWheels presentations. Please click on the Read Letter links to see the full pdf versions of these LOVE Letters.
Ann Adrian, LOACC Manager:
The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center serves 4,700 clients per year and offers a variety of services to the community, including: assistive technologies, emergency services and outreach services...Several of our volunteer programs connect “young” with “old” seniors, so I am especially interested to learn how information and computing technologies may be used to empower our seniors to better care for themselves and each other through peer to peer social support networks and peer-delivered services. This model has great potential to incubate in Lake Oswego... Read Letter

Brenda Durbin, Director, Clackamas County Social Services:

Clackamas County Social Services serves thousands of clients a year, providing planning, coordination, advocacy, and funding for programs serving low-income families, older adults, and adults with disabilities. We participate in and support a community network of services which include senior centers and nonprofit organizations...I wish you success with the Lake Oswego Value Exchange project, understanding that the methods you develop in this demonstration may have broader applications that reach beyond Lake Oswego into our county and state… Read Letter


Richard Devlin, Senator, Oregon State Senate:
Oregon has led the nation in improving the quality of care and life for our disabled and elderly populations. During periods of economic turmoil, the demand for social services increases while state funding declines…Short-term frugality may incur long-term costs if the present needs of our most vulnerable Oregonians are deferred until they require much more expensive care...I support greater public-private collaboration that responds to reductions in social services and high unemployment with solutions that help create social care networks…Lake Oswego could lead our state and the nation in deploying in-home health care monitoring technologies, by remunerating people who provide the monitoring and response services through a time bank. This will help to build social capital by fostering a local marketplace to exchange community-based senior services, by providing better care with limited financial resources... Read Letter


Chris Garrett, Representative, Oregon State House:
At its core, LOVE is built around a time bank. Members of  the community who provide monitoring or response services to the elderly receive time credits as compensation. These time credits then foster a local marketplace for the exchange of these senior services. At the same time the time bank strengthens the ties within our community...LOVE offers a way to close this gap in services without increasing the demands on the state budget... Read Letter