Native American Church
“Like my mom would say, I’m just being a good citizen,” said René White
The Medicare Cafe' currently serves citizens in Virginia from the City of Winchester and nearby counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren and Loudoun.
2016 Medicare Café
We Care! We Help!
We listen to our seniors and try to understand their likes and needs. It is also about respecting their dignity and uniqueness.
We do this not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly.
Our Native American Church President René White is a certified non-profit VICAP Counselor for the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging. VICAP is the Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program, the official state program designed to provide individual and confidential assistance free of charge.
René founded and organized a free Medicare Café held monthly at the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9760 in Berryville, Va. in partnership with VICAP.
"Thanks to VICAP, the VFW and a host of volunteers, we have literally "saved the farm," said René describing the thousands of dollars that has been saved through the initiative.
The Medicare Café is a unique Medicare Café that offers local residents help in saving money and understanding their personal Medicare benefits. Individual counseling blocks are available on a first-come first-serve basis.
VFW Post 9760
425 South Buckmarsh Street
Berryville, VA 22611
You do not have to be 65 years old or older to attend the Medicare Café. Everyone must know someone who is aging or have aging loved ones, aging friends and neighbors?
By better understanding Medicare, individuals may be eligible for “Extra Help,” lower premiums, in-home nursing care, lower prescription costs or even therapeutic shoes, or you may find satisfaction in knowing you helped someone else.
“We are proud to offer this free service to our residents at the VFW,” said Marty Sheller VICAP specialist. “This is the only Medicare Café of its kind that we know of and is made possible because of volunteers. It’s an idea by our newest trained VICAP volunteer counselor René White. René is a military veteran, President of the Native American Church of Virginia, Clarke County resident and member of the Berryville VFW Post 9760.”
The Medicare Café idea is to have a safe place where neighbors can go to get free information to help make Medicare easy, while enjoying coffee, tea and cookies with neighbors. Understanding the benefits can be complicated, especially for those without Internet capability. The VFW is wired for free-Wi-Fi, so everyone is welcome to bring their computers or just come to listen.
The Medicare Café helps distinguish Parts A, B, C and D, Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plan and share benefits people may not know about.
“Like my mom would say, I’m just being a good citizen,” said René. “As a volunteer, my personal goal is to help our neighbors, honor our elders & veterans and connect Medicare and military benefits to those who need it and earned it,” she said.
“I’d also like to help recruit others to help me increase awareness. We have a lot of people to reach and we could use your help.”
With population growth in the area, more people getting older and seniors living longer the need for understanding Medicare is growing. Those interested in volunteering to help with VICAP can reach Marty Schiller at 540-635-7141 ext. 5.
This program services City of Winchester and counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren.
The official Medicare web sites are Medicare.gov and shenandoahaaa.com/services/medicare-cafe
“We don’t have the right to claim that we have done anything on our own. God gives us what it takes to do all that we do,” – 2 Cor 3:1-5