Winners of Senior Services’ annual awards were announced at the Senior Services’ Annual Meeting on November 8.
Chris Shirk Receives Individual Champion Award
The Everett N. Luce Community Champion Award for an Individual is given to recognize a person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and advocacy toward improving community conditions or services provided to older Midland area citizens. The 2018 award was given to Chris Shirk of Home to Stay (formerly Midland Area Homes). Chris works closely with agencies, older adults and their families to complete complex home repairs for older adults. He secures funding and uses his expertise as an engineer to resolve challenging projects. Chris ensures that the jobs are completed at the highest standard while meeting the needs of the older adult. Often the projects completed have made the difference in helping older adults safely live in their home. Congratulations, Chris, on this honorable recognition.
The Arnold Center Receives Organization Champion Award
The Everett N. Luce Community Champion Award for Group or Organization seeks to recognize a community organization or business which champions senior causes and has made positive contributions to improve the lives of older adults in Midland County. The 2018 award was given to the Arnold Center. Stacey Coin from the Arnold Center worked with the Senior Services Volunteer Coordinator to determine how Meals on Wheels (MOW) routes could work into the Arnold Center’s client activities. This resulted in five MOW routes that are driven by Arnold Center staff with their clients. This collaboration helps provide a basic human need—a nutritious meal delivered to older adults who are unable to prepare their own meals—while also providing a meaningful activity for Arnold Center clients. It is a win-win situation. Congratulations, Arnold Center, on receiving this honor!