On October 29, 2015, First State's Senior Companion Program held their 34th Annual Appreciation Luncheon at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover Delaware. Eighty-three (83) seniors (companions) were recognized for their dedicated volunteer service in the Senior Companion Program. Guests from the Corporation for National and Community Service, Delaware Division of Aging (Hospice), and Delaware Division of Volunteerism also provided greetings and encouraging words for the volunteers.
All afternoon, honorees shared moments of laughter and even a few tears of joy. City of Dover Mayor Robin Christensen was the guest speaker and kept the seniors laughing in their seats. Janice Young, a SCP service recipient gave heartfelt remarks on how the senior companion program is a valuable resource to Delaware residents and how her companion, Claudette Furst, has helped her accomplish and experience so many exciting things that she otherwise would not have enjoyed.
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The Senior Companion Program of Delaware is a statewide service that offers a gateway to betterment for the frail and elderly and the handicapped. Senior Companions, individuals 55 years and over, provide friendship, light housekeeping, light meal preparation, transportation and assistance with personal care to their recipients. The outcome of this service allows the recipients to remain independent in their homes, retain their dignity, and to make new friends. The provider’s benefits range from tax-free stipends, transportation reimbursements, free criminal background checks, accident and liability insurance. First State gives seniors the opportunity to be senior companions or recipients of companion services.