From 1980 to 1982, S. Emily Oszewski was the director. The program continued with a staff of six, along with 36 volunteers to visit 130 older adults. The program was driven by the philosophy that "we do not live by bread alone; friends are a necessity of life. While bread nourishes the body; friends nourish the spirit, communicate self-esteem and a sense of worth, and give us a reason to smile."
In 1982, S. Brenda became program director. In its fifth year, the Senior Companion Program had more than 50 volunteers and several staff. Laverne Poplawski was coordinator of volunteers.
In April, 1984, 70 people attended an appreciation dinner at Siena Center. The program was serving 270 older adults with a staff of 9 and 75 volunteers.
In 1987, visiting dialysis patients at St. Luke's became part of the Senior Companion Program through Sister Brenda.
In May 1992, volunteers and staff on the Senior Companion were recognized by President George Bush as the 780th Daily Point of Light.
On January 1, 1994, St. Catherine's Infirmary closed and the sponsorship of the Senior Companion Program was moved to Racine Dominican Ministries Inc., which continues as the governing body of the program.
In 1997, the Senior Companion Program celebrated 20 years of caring presence. There were 302 visitees being served at that time by 137 active visitors.
In spring 2002, S. Brenda left the directorship of the Senior Companion Program, but on this day continues to be a very active volunteer.
On July 1, 2002, Gloria Brown became the fourth director of the program, which was relocated in the B-Wing of Siena Center. By spring 2003, the program staff included the director, an assistant and a bookkeeper, as well as four people who served the program through a "Senior Aide program" for 10 to 20 hours per week.
July 1, 2008 marked the 30th anniversary of the program.
July 1, 2010, Racine Dominican S. Joyce Ballweg became the fifth director of the program. It currently serves 200 individuals in their homes, apartments, assisted living facilities or nursing homes. There are 50 volunteer visitors, including sisters and lay people who visit, call and/or correspond with visitees. The program is supported by individuals, organizations and churches, which provide financial support, food, clothing, household items and spiritual or personal assistance.
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