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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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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.