Special to The Hays Daily News

Ella Dechant, Roberta Feary, Norma Rogers, Gloria Vogel, Millie Karlin, Delores Bisterfeldt and Shirley Lindsey were recognized for their service as Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent volunteers at the in-service meeting Sept. 3 in Hays.

Rogers has served 12 years, Vogel celebrated one year, Karlin was honored for seven years, Bisterfeldt has served 14 years and Lindsey was recognized for three years as Senior Companions, assisting adults with special needs, providing companionship and personal attention to enable persons to be as independent as possible.

Dechant has served with Hays Head Start for 10 years and Feary has served four years, helping children with special needs. These Foster Grandparents were honored for serving as trusted mentors, confidants and friends to young people, working one-on-one with them, offering guidance and support. They read to the children, serve as role models, help with homework and provide friendship to those needing a little extra attention and support.

Senior Companions and Foster Grandparents must be at least 60 years of age or older and be willing to make a commitment of serving a minimum of 15 hours each week. For their service, these seniors are provided benefits which include a tax-free stipend, transportation allowance, accident and liability insurance, paid orientation, monthly training, sick leave, vacation, holidays and recognition.

The Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent Programs are sponsored by Fort Hays State University and funded by the Corporation for National & Community Service. Ellis County also provides support to the Programs.

For information, call FHSU at (785) 628-5809.