Northland Non-profit Offers Free Dementia Caregiving and Virtual Dementia Course

Memory change can affect seniors in a wide variety of ways. Learning how to communicate with those with dementia and how to manage unexpected behavior changes is essential to maintaining quality of life for both the senior and their caregivers.

Dementia care courses are offered at no cost once a month at The Gardens At Barry Road. Attendees learn positive approaches to caring for their loved ones at home, gain a better overall understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and what to expect, and are given the opportunity to participate in the Virtual Dementia obstacle course while wearing dementia sensory gear.

The Gardens At Barry Road is a faith-based nonprofit organization under Bethesda Ministries with both assisted living and memory care apartments. The next class is scheduled on Sunday, July 21 at 11:00am. To reserve your space or sign up for another class time, contact Ashley Ollier at 816.584.3205 or

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Northland CAPS Board Announces Selection of New Executive Director

The Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Brett Kisker as the new Executive Director. He will fill the vacancy left by Ms. Sandy Henshaw’s resignation earlier this year and begin his new leadership role on July 1, 2019.

Northland CAPS provides high school students in the Northland with a professional, innovative and entrepreneurial education through full immersion in high demand/high skill careers. Mr. Kisker comes to the program with years of experience as a Project Lead the Way teacher and coach in the Liberty Public School District. 

Kisker has a passion for igniting the life-long learner in all students by inundating them with exposure to potential careers, connections with mentors in STEM professions, and hands-on projects that help develop 21st-century skills.

His vision fits perfectly with the Northland CAPS strategic focus of providing relevant experiences that support college and career readiness for students.


A Night of Hope Gala Returns in September

Hillcrest Hope will ‘Paint the Town Red’ at Arrowhead Stadium for its Night of Hope Gala on September 7th. The gala raises funds to support Hillcrest Hope’s mission–alleviating homelessness and teaching financial literacy to keep people on their feet. 

The event will feature food and drink, along with casino games and live and silent auction items. All proceeds help to empower local families in need. 

To buy tickets, visit and click on events/night of hope gala.


Julia Bargman Hope Foundation Presents $15,000 to Saint Luke’s North

On May 16, the Julia Bargman Hope Foundation presented a check in the amount of $15,000 to the Saint Luke’s North Breast & Imaging Center, located on the Saint Luke’s North Hospital campus.

The donated funds were raised at the Julia’s Warriors Run for Hope 5K event, which took place Oct. 13, 2018, at Smithville High School. The run was established as a living testament to Julia Bargman and her battle against breast cancer. Julia grew up in Smithville, and with an accomplished high school career in track and field, she was a teacher and track-and-field coach with the Smithville School District. This year’s run will again take place at Smithville High School on October 19, 2019.

Julia’s sister, Jodi Green, and other family members and friends established the Julia Bargman Hope Foundation. This organization has raised over $100,000 since its inception. The fund has donated $75,000 to the Saint Luke’s North Breast & Imaging Center to support programs that provide screening, diagnostic mammograms, and ultrasounds to uninsured and underinsured women living in Platte and Clay counties.