Appalachian Senior Programs Continues to be a Community Resource for Five NC Counties

The Appalachian Senior Programs, directed by Program Directors Tammy Taylor and Debbie Wellborn, served 159 seniors and 554 children this past year. Located in Jefferson, NC, Appalachian Senior Programs is comprised of the Appalachian Senior Companions Program and the Appalachian Foster Grandparent Program. 

With the help of low and middle-income volunteers age 55 and above, the Appalchian Senior Companions program serves older adults with special needs, especially older persons living in their own homes, in order to prevent and delay the need for institutionalization. Services are also provided to seniors in the hospital or nursing home. 

The Appalachian Foster Grandparent Program gives volunteers the opportunity to also provide support services to children from infants to teenagers who have special emotional, social, or educational needs. 

Both programs serve a five-county area that includes Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Watauga and Wilkes counties. In total, both programs recruited 160 volunteers this past year. For their services, volunteers received a stipend, transportation, and meal reimbursements.

The Appalachian Senior Companion and Appalachian Foster Grandparent program are funded by grants from multiple agencies including the Corporation for National and Community Service, NC Community Foundations, Alleghany, Ashe, and Wilkes County Adminstrations, United Way of Wilkes County, United Way of the High Country, and the Boone Service League. Dr. W. Edward Folts has served as Executive Director of Appalachian Senior Programs since 2004.

For information about volunteering or how to make a donation, please contact Appalachian Senior Programs at (336)846-4898.

Staff from left to right: Debbie Wellborn, Tammy Taylor, Jennifer Russell, Sherry Lambert

Information provided by: Staff of Appalachian Senior Programs

Photo provided by: Jessica Donley


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