Janice Kennedy, a retired staff member and Jamestown resident, was recently recognized for her many years of volunteer service at the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers Inc., Taft Center. Her recent award was in honor of her 10 years of volunteer service for the Senior Companion Program, sponsored by the New York State Office For People with Developmental Disabilities. The Senior Companion Program, authorized by the Federal Corporation for National and Community Service, began in 1979.
Currently there are approximately 500 Senior Companions funded by the NYS OPWDD. Through this program, senior citizens who volunteer have an opportunity to know the personal satisfaction that results from caring for another person and assist adults with developmental disabilities get more out of their lives.
Kennedy became a Senior Companion in the spring of 2003 and was presented and honored with a plaque from Central Office in Albany for her "dedicated and outstanding service to the individuals who receive services at the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers Inc." The annual awards and recognition luncheon was held July 26 at La Galleria Restaurant in Orchard Park in honor of Kennedy of Jamestown for 10 years of service along with others who have given many years of service for the community.
Pictured, from left, are: Karen Lucks, Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers Inc. associate director; Janice Kennedy, awardee; and Benita Simmons, Senior Companion program coordinator.
In addition to this recent award, Kennedy has been a dedicated staff member at the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers Inc. for many years. Since 1988, she has worked there as a volunteer, senior aide and senior companion.
Said Karen Lucks, associate director, "Janice has been a true asset to our program providing quality of life for its participants. She has been very dedicated and has touched the lives of many individuals. It is an honor to have her as a part of our team and we are excited that she has been recognized for her many years of service."
In addition to her recent award, Kennedy has been recognized by the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers Inc. as a United Way agency Volunteer of the Year.
Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers Inc. offers senior day programs for adults 60 years of age and older who live in the community. The centers provide socialization and offer many opportunities for clients to participate in activities during the day in a caring, friendly atmosphere. Senior Day Programs provide supportive staff, a secure group setting, supervision, meals, social work services, recreation and companionship. In addition, the agency now has a Saturday program in Jamestown that focuses on participants being involved in attending local events and outdoor recreation every week as well as eating home-cooked meals.
The Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers Inc. is a nonprofit United Way agency that provides an affordable option for older adults in the community to remain independent and at home.
For 30 years, Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers has provided day programs that enable seniors to have quality of life through socialization and activity programming. The sites provide breakfast, snack and a hot noontime meal for participants. There is also a Community Recreation Program that helps persons participate in outings in the community, and the sites offer pet therapy, ceramics, music programs, arts and crafts and much more on an ongoing basis.
Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers has four sites throughout Chautauqua County located in Westfield, Jamestown and Dunkirk. One of its sites in Jamestown, the Present Center is a program specifically for older adults with Alzheimer's Disease. For information visit www.seniordayprograms.com or call Westfield at 326-6842, Dunkirk at 366-8786 or Jamestown at 664-9759.