Welma Gann, of Rolla, was named Senior Companion of the Month for January at the Senior Companions’ monthly in-service held Jan. 18 at the Phelps County Courthouse.
As a Senior Companion, Gann visits several area residents in their homes each week to help them with basic household tasks and with transportation to doctors’ appointments and errands.
Gann is originally from the Roby and Plato areas and worked in manufacturing before becoming a Senior Companion. She is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and she enjoys a number of hobbies including sewing, reading, traveling and collecting Beanie Babies and state cups. She also spends time doing raffles and benefits to help other people.
She says that what she enjoys most about being a Senior Companion is meeting so many nice people and hearing the stories about what it was like for them growing up.
As the Senior Companion of the Month, Gann received a floral arrangement and the recognition of her fellow Senior Companions.
There are more than 70 senior citizen volunteers serving as Senior Companions all over Phelps County in private homes, residential care facilities and skilled nursing facilities.
Sponsored by the Phelps County Commission, the Corporation for National and Community Service, as well as several local groups and individuals, Senior Companions’ greatest work is to help their peers maintain the independence they have worked for all their lives.
If you know a Phelps County resident who might benefit from the services of a Senior Companion or would like to be a Senior Companion, contact 573-458-6180 for further information.