Provocative one-act play, ‘Mercy Killers,’ to tour Eastern Panhandle
Broadway actor Michael Milligan brings his gripping one-man play, “Mercy Killers,” to our area for six free performances March 28 – April 2, 2014. The play presents the heartbreaking dilemma of a young couple when faced with a life-threatening illness.
The play opens just after Joe has been hauled into the police station. He is being questioned about the death of his wife. In emotional statements to the officer, he reveals their deep love, their affection for the wild places of West Virginia, the anguish of her illness, and their inability to afford treatment. We empathize as we see how Joe’s beliefs in self-reliance and the American dream are shaken.
“Over 60% of all bankruptcies in the U.S. are the result of medical debt — and in a majority of these, the person actually had insurance” says Milligan. “I wrote ‘Mercy Killers’ to put a human face on those statistics.”
Each performance will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions of the actor/playwright and by a moderated discussion of the issues for those who wish to stay.
Admission is free. Donations to cover a small stipend for the actor will be gratefully accepted.
We keep getting favorable comments from members about their experiences as SAIL members. Here is a sample:
What a great opportunity to write a well-deserved testimonial for SAIL. SAIL membership contributes greatly to my feeling of being well-supported as, at age 85, I continue to enjoy living in my Shepherdstown home among good friends and neighbors. (more ...)
I moved to Shepherdstown from Allentown, PA, at the end of 2006, after my husband died, to live next door to my younger daughter and her family. I had heard about the Beacon Hill project many years ago so was immediately eager to find out more about SAIL when it was first announced.
Sherman and I are some of the first people to join SAIL. We are almost 86 and 89 years old, and hope to remain in our home on 10 acres here in Shepherdstown. SAIL is sort of a security blanket for us. (more ...
Hi! My name is Melinda Landolt. I became interested in the Village concept several years ago when I heard that an Aging in Place group might be forming in Shepherdstown. When I was invited to join this group, I was happy to add my voice to the effort. (more ...
SAIL's creation is rooted in the "village movement," a neighbor helping neighbor system developed around the country by seniors who are assisted by other members of their community. SAIL provides members with help going to and from the grocery store and appointments, with simple home repairs, with access to reliable service providers, with organized outings to cultural events, and fun activities such as walking groups, board game and card groups, and more.
SAIL membership is open to anyone interested in its services who lives in the 876 and 870 telephone exchanges.
All About SAIL Volunteers
During the first full year of operation, the SAIL volunteers have made a real impact on the lives of SAIL members. Just in the last half of 2012, member and non-member volunteers have given SAIL over 650 hours of their time. Non-Board members alone racked up 327 hours providing transportation, running errands, making home visits, preparing meals, and doing office work.
Linda O’Brien coordinates this ever-growing corps of volunteers, as well as provides training for home visits, transportation issues, and related concerns. Volunteers going into members’ homes wear an official SAIL Volunteer ID name tag.
Some volunteers focus on office work: sending out mailings, monitoring the phone during hours the office is not open, organizing and maintaining files, and providing computer support.
The Newsletter Team is currently designing a publication to be distributed to members, friends and the public, with input from members and community partners.
The Website Team updates content and plans improvements for www.shepherdstownSAIL.org.
Home visit volunteers provide respite for caregivers and company for the home-bound.
Membership volunteers plan the small group “coffee and conversation” sessions for potential new members; call members to remind them of an event or offer a ride; and make sure there is coffee and dessert for the monthly Brown Bag Lunches.
Volunteer members of the Activity Committee have added some new activities, from Trivia Tuesday evening get-togethers at the Clarion Hotel and trips to the movies, to the well-attended Mah Jongg, Board Games, and Walking Groups.
And let’s not forget those who always pitch in to set up and clean up after events, bring fabulous foods to the potlucks, and do countless acts of kindness, often as unsung heroes, to make it possible for us to continue to build and sustain our Village.
That’s what makes SAIL so special. We couldn’t do it without our volunteers. And to those of our members who have moved on to communities offering a higher level of care, we hope we helped you remain in your homes longer and that we were and will continue to be able to assist in the transitions life requires.
Assisted Living (AL) is probably the most misunderstood of all the options in senior care perhaps
because it has grown so quickly, is unregulated and facilities vary widely in their offerings. For
individuals who feel they are unable to remain in their homes, it may be a good option. AL is
generally for people who need help with activities of daily living. Options range from small, boardand-
care homes with a few residents to full-service communities with hundreds of residents. Many of
these locations specialize in Dementia Care, including Alzheimer’s. Assisted Living Overview to read the complete article.
“Keeping the wind in our sails!”