Arlene Schlyer and Jean Robinson of Hays were honored for their service with the Senior Companion Program at the June in-service meeting June 7 at Sternberg Museum of Natural History.
Schlyer was recognized for six years with the program, and Robinson has served one year as a volunteer.
Senior Companions provide personal support to frail, disabled and isolated adults, helping them remain independently in their homes. Among the types of service provided are assistance with daily living activities such as helping with meal preparation, shopping, light household chores and transportation assistance to appointments and for errands. Companions also can provide respite care for family caregivers to give much needed breaks to those who provide 24/7 care for their loved ones. There is no cost for the services provided.
The companions might receive certain benefits for their time helping others: a tax-free stipend, travel allowance, paid vacation and sick leave, and accident and liability insurance. The stipend supplements the income of the individual; the program helps to keep people active by providing meaningful community service.
The Senior Companion Program is sponsored by Fort Hays State University and funded through a federal grant from the Corporation for National & Community Service, Washington, D.C. Ellis County and the city of Ellis provide local support.
For information about the program, call FHSU at (785) 628-5809.