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November 2019
Linda Sowell

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This month we’d like to shine the light on a new, yet not new volunteer. If you read last month’s newsletter, specifically the Activity Spotlite, you would have read a bit about Linda Sowell. Well this month we’d like to shine an even larger spotlight on her as our Volunteer of the Month. Linda is the new Gadabouts Trip Coordinator. She had been working in the Thrift Store and was asked to be a relief in the Trip office. When a vacancy occurred she was asked to take over, which she was more than happy to do. Since then she has been busy scheduling new trips, chaperoning trips on occasion, and generally managing our hustling and bustling trip office. Linda also serves on our Board of Directors. If needed she also helps out at our special events. Originally from Chicago, IL, she moved out to California with her husband who was in the Navy. Once out here she was not content to stay at home raising her two kids (who themselves provided her with five grandkids), but worked in numerous types of jobs. Her main career was in Food Service. She started out at McDonalds as a cashier, and worked her way up to manager. Then she transferred to the school system where she became the Director of Children’s Nutrition for the Bear Valley School District before retiring. Thanks Linda for helping to take our members on trips of a lifetime.


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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.