As the Development Director for the Sheridan Senior Center, I get excited when the time rolls around for our annual Operation Independence Campaign. We are so thankful that your contributions and support help those who utilize the Center’s services to find comfort, strength and camaraderie. There are many, many great stories that we hear and see take place every day.
“Literally 365 days a year our services to older adults, elders, families and the Sheridan area community as a whole, are just too vital to take for granted,” Executive Director Carmen Rideout says.
Many community members throughout Sheridan County have seen what having services for older adults can do for families and have supported the need in advance. We are humbled by and so grateful for the many contributions that have been put forth over the past four decades.
Here is to a campaign that means something to everyone.
The following is a story we would like to share about two people who have experienced first-hand what a positive difference services from the center can make.
Julester Grant, known to her granddaughter as Granny, once founded the Postal Street Academy in San Francisco, Calif. and taught literature at San Francisco State College and was a Girl Scout leader. She was the first African American woman to serve on the Police Community Relations board in San Fransisco. Julester had grown up for a brief time in Sheridan and 28 years ago she and her husband, Laverne, decided to move back.
When their granddaughter Tatiana was orphaned at 6 months old, they took her in. Tatiana grew up here in Sheridan. When Tatiana was in junior high, Laverne passed away and so the two now grown women only had each other. It was soon after, that Tatiana began to notice changes in her grandmother’s behavior.
“She started losing things like her keys or purse,” Tatiana said.
It turned out that Julester was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Tatiana with the help of an aunt and some research found Stella Montano the family caregiver services director, who with the enlistment of Sheridan Senior Center services has been able to get Julester caregiver support and respite, loan closet equipment, Mini Bus transportation, meals, chore services and even assistance to get a ramp for the house.
Although Tatiana still is unable to work because Julester can’t be alone, she has begun to take classes as she can afford them.
“I’m glad that I reached out to the Senior Center and I’m thankful to everyone who has helped me and my grandmother on this journey,” she said.
To read the full details of this heartwarming story, please visit our website at www.sheridanseniorcenter.org. It is a true testament to the value of community and the services offered here at the center. This site also has links to all of our programs and services as well as full details about the third annual Keystone Awards, which were held in April honoring Ky Dixon, Neltje and Homer “Scotty” Scott.
Wow, it was yet another great experience in celebrating service to community!
We would also love to have you join us for some fun this summer. For example our Fun Department Travel Program trips to the Tongue River Canyon June 27 or to the HF Bar Ranch Tour and Lunch July 23. These are just a couple of the many activities that the whole family can attend. We love to have a great time; come on down and don’t forget to check us out on Facebook. We are proud of Sheridan County seniors and would appreciate your support of our annual Operation Independence Campaign. Our goal is to raise $20,000.
Rindy West is the Development Director at the Sheridan Senior Center. Center Stage is written by friends of the Senior Center for the Sheridan Community. It is a collection of insights and stories related to living well at every age.