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Executive Director’s Blog: March 2019

Senior Connections extends best wishes to all for a successful, happy and fulfilling year in 2019, which is well underway with numerous opportunities and challenges. We appreciate the tremendous support we receive from program participants, community partners, funders, contributors and supporters. As we embrace 2019, we reflect on our rich history and plans for the future. We touch the lives of more than 24,000 individuals each year in important ways and provide critical services to approximately 4,000 older adults and caregivers annually. As in the past, we have received another “clean audit” without findings or recommendations for the period of October 2017 to September 2018. We have talented staff and volunteers who eagerly serve and support the needs of older adults and caregivers in communities throughout the Region. We are extremely pleased to have numerous successful collaborations with community partners.

In the coming months, we look forward to many challenges and opportunities. These include:
• Senior Laws Days for Legal Documents (Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advance Care Plans)
• Input Sessions for a New Four Year Plan for Services (Home and Community Services for Older Adults and Caregivers)
• Open House at Senior Connections on Tuesday, May 21 (10 a.m. to Noon)
• Five Year Capital Campaign for the Building at 24 East Cary Street, Richmond ( Safe Environment, Work Efficiency, Accessibility, Appearance and Visibility)

In April each year, time is set aside to recognize the special contributions of Volunteers. This year, we are using the theme “Celebrate Service.” The value of volunteer service for Senior Connections is “priceless” and we celebrate them year round. You will see reflections about volunteer service in many of the articles in our newsletters and other publications. Thank you for joining us as we celebrate and thank the many volunteers who give generously of their time, talent and expertise.

During 2019, we will give considerable attention to continuing to “transform” our very popular, newsletter from Mature Life to Engage at Every Age as part of the wide distribution of Fifty Plus. While we are extremely pleased to distribute our Newsletter as a part of FiftyPlus, you may find our newsletter on our website at seniorconnections-va.org. Also, a final copy will be mailed to those on our mailing list. Additionally, copies will continue to be distributed locally at Friendship Cafes and other locations. Please share your comments and suggestions about the newsletter with us by calling Penny Jordan at 804-343-3046 or emailing her at pjordan@youraaa.org. Thank you for your support and interest.

Sincerely,

Thelma Bland Watson, Executive Director

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