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For over 40 years, CareLink, a private nonprofit, has served older Arkansans and their families. Their mission is to help older people remain active and independent by providing valuable resources. This includes meals and home care as well as legal advice or Medicare drug plan reviews. Luke Mattingly, president and CEO of CareLink, has been with the organization for 16 years and is extremely dedicated to the organization’s mission. “I’m blessed to have an awesome staff who work tirelessly to help older people, even during the pandemic,” Mattingly says. “We were up and operating through the whole COVID-19 pandemic as more and more older people reached out for help. I am so impressed by my team and their efforts to help older people remain healthy, independent, and in their homes for as long as possible. The people who stay on the team at CareLink are here because, like me, they love the mission. No matter how difficult the day has been, I can rest easy knowing my team has made a difference in the lives of the people we serve.” As a private nonprofit, CareLink relies on grants as well as their dedicated volunteers and generous donors to help further their mission. It’s only through this support that CareLink is able to make a remarkable difference in the lives of people in our community. “Sometimes, people don’t ask for help until their situation is really dire,” Mattingly says. “I remember one woman who was in her late 80s and had been living alone since her husband had passed away a decade before. She called us in February and when our care coordinator arrived at her house, they found that she’d put a shower curtain over the kitchen door and was using an electric hot pad to keep warm. Her gas line had broken and because she didn’t have the money to fix it, she’d been without heat for six months. She’d been using the hot pad to heat water to bathe and cook with. “CareLink was able to go in and, thanks to our emergency fund and the extreme generosity of one of our donors, we got in touch with the gas company, fixed the pipe, and got gas turned back on at this woman’s house. She had heat and her gas stove again. Stories like that really reach out to me and tell me how important CareLink is to help older people.” The remarkable thing about CareLink is that they are able to help folks on this level every day. Their team is out in people’s homes daily, helping with their personal hygiene, getting them from their wheelchair to their recliner, driving them to doctor’s appointments, and providing countless other services that sound so simple but make a world of difference.


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Learn more about CareLink and how you can support their mission at CareLink.org .

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