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October 2021
Don Harper

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This month we’d like to shine the light on Don Harper is one of our longtime Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) drivers. Don has been a member for about 7 ½ years, and has been driving for 5 ½ years. During that time he has become one of our go-to drivers driving multiple times a week, and sometimes several trips in one day. He first heard about the center from his mother-in-law, who is a Wii Bowler. She got him a membership and he came and joined the Wii Bowling league. He then remembered then Outreach Director, Holly Andrade, talking about TAP and how they needed drivers. He gave it a test drive, enjoyed it and has been doing it ever since. He loves driving, and loves the people. He thinks of this as his job, but a job he enjoys. The clients love him too and has clients who ask for him. Originally from Fort Worth, TX, his mom brought him out here when he was two. He inched his way over from Blythe, to Beaumont, to Highland. We are thankful that his travels brought him closer to us. Thanks Don for driving that extra mile for us!


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Maybe it was the prior rain, and gloomy skies. Or maybe it was the lack of a flu shot shortage, or concerns of a flu epidemic. Or maybe, just maybe, it was because of the seemingly year round availability of shots. Whatever the reason was the crowd was a bit thinner this year at the centers annual Health Fair. That made it a bit nicer for those who did show up at they werent standing in line for a hour, getting impatient and simply wanting to get their flu shot and go. Still, for free flu shots this year, when other places are charging $25 a shot, we thought more people would brave the cold weather.

This year people came in at a more leisurely pace and were able to stop at each table, talk to the various vendors, and pick up lots of useful information before getting their shot. It may have been a trickle, but at least it was a steady trickle with new people arriving all morning. The sad part is the inevitable amount of phone calls we will receive after the event wanting to know if they can still come in for a shot.

Thanks to the volunteers who came to set up and work the fair, all of our wonderful vendors who came out to make this a success. Additional thanks go our to the Highland Police Departments Citizens Patrol for their excellent traffic control. Mostly we would like to thank our event sponsors, the Physicians of Beaver Medical Group and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.