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July 2019
Charles Roberts

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This month we’d like to give thanks to a familiar face, but one you might not know of in relation to the Highland Senior Center. Charles Roberts is the former editor of the Highland Community News, where he was a big supporter of the Highland Senior Center and would often visit the center to cover our events and activities. However when he retired at the end of 2017, he continued to support our center, but in a different capacity. Before retiring, he asked Jeff, the Outreach Director if we could use some volunteers, as he did not want to become bored. Well, he asked the right person, as he was immediately made a Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) driver. He volunteers to drive just about every weekday, and sometimes on weekends as well. Yet his helping us out doesn’t stop there. He also helps out in our Food Program, three days a weeks. He sorts outs the food we bring in and then helps us to pass it out to our seniors. We would also like to thank his wife, Myrna, who gives him time off from his retirement Honey Do list to help us out.


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For many of you who know or come to the Highland Senior Center, you might begin to think that the Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) is the only Outreach program we have here. While it may be the largest Outreach Program, there are others that are just as important and useful as the TAP.

The Friendly Visitor Program is a free program designed for those who trouble getting out of the house on their own, to make friends and maintain social interaction. Our volunteers will go and visit people in their own homes and let them know that someone does care about them. Sometimes they will simply talk or play a game of cards. Other times they will go out to lunch or a movie.

Our Phone Pal Program is similar to the Friendly Visitor Program, but is more designed for those who dont want or need someone to come over to their house. They are happy with a simple phone call. Some enjoy long conversations, while others just want someone to check in on them once a week. This program has come in handy several times when a senior could not be contacted. We physically checked on them, along with emergency personnel, and discovered they had fallen and were unable to reach a phone.

If you could benefit from any of these programs, or if you know of someone who could, please feel free to contact us at (909)862-8104 and ask for the Outreach Office.