Kim’s Korner August 2018
As I sit here at my desk and think about the 40th Anniversary of Shelby Senior Services, Inc., I am thinking about the GREAT women who came before me, some of when I had the great pleasure to meet and others that I didn’t, and what they were able to accomplish and the knowledge that it took to accomplish so much. The staff that started with a few has grown to the 22 people and the number of volunteers continues to grow. I remember being fresh out of college and working with CICOA as a case manager with an office space in “the house” on Washington Street. This was the first time that I met Jewel Haymond, former Executive Director and I remember thinking she was a wealth of information. It was amazing the amount of services they could provide with the staff at that time. Shelby Senior Services has been fortunate to have dedicated past and present staff.
I remember when the Horizon Center was housed where the Shelbyville Parks Department is now and it was bursting at the seams. Once again we are busting at the seams at the Horizon Center. Now we have Centers not only in Shelbyville, but in Waldron, Morristown and Fairland. We continue to touch seniors in our community every day and impact their lives greatly.
I was looking at some numbers to see the growth in the services that are provided throughout the years. In 1985 ShelbyGo took 549 trips and the last fiscal year took 11,090 trips. In 1985 we had 790 activities logged and in last fiscal year had 19,367 logged. In 1985 we logged 120 volunteer hours and this last fiscal year we logged 33,842 hours. So many activities have evolved into what we have presently. It is amazing to me how these services have grown over the years and the number of seniors has continued to grow as well. The staff and the Board of Directors tries to continue to come up with new and different programming to continue to grow the services that we offer to the 60+ in Shelby County.
Shelby Senior Services is so appreciative of the community in Shelby County for all they have done and continue to do to help us maintain and grow with the ever changing needs and wants of the seniors. We are so blessed to have all of the support of the government, citizens and businesses in Shelby County who continue to help us with all our endeavors. With the encouragement and ongoing support from the community we are able to make so many things possible for the seniors. We want to say Thank You for all your support in the past 40 Years and for your continued support for the many years to come.