Valley Program for Aging Services

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When was your organization founded and what is its mission statement?

Since 1974, Valley Program for Aging Services has provided services that support independence in the home and community for individuals 60 years and older living in the Shenandoah Valley.

MISSION: Play a key leadership role in advocating for, establishing, and sustaining communities beneficial to older persons and adults with disabilities and their families. Actively participate in providing services needed by these individuals, including coordinated and accessible healthcare; maximum independent living and affordable housing options; support to family caregivers; transportation; and opportunities for vibrant engagement in life, active citizenship, and enhanced quality of life.

Who is your director?

Jeri Schaff and Laurie Macrae Regional Director for Buena Vista, Lexington and Rockbridge County

What programs and services does your organization offer and to whom are they offered?

The following eligibility-based programs are provided to adults 60 years and older in the Rockbridge community: Meals on Wheels, Emergency Services, Personal Care Services, Homemaker Services, Case Management,  Legal Assistance, Congregate Meals, Socialization & Recreation, Transportation, Chronic Disease Self-Management Education, Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (Medicare Counseling), Senior Outreach to Services, and Local Long-Term Care Ombudsman.

Please list any available statistics demonstrating your organization’s recent successes:

In 2014, we served: 445 individuals, saving them over $122,000 by assisting with Part D Medicare Prescription Drug Planning; 135 individuals, providing 20,898 hot home delivered meals; 38 individuals, providing 4,079 hours of in-home personal care services; 6 individuals, providing 427 hours of homemaker services; 27 individuals, providing 1,226 hot meals at Maury River Senior Center (MRSC); 102 individuals, providing 16,410 hours of socialization and recreation at MRSC; 7 individuals, providing 719 rides on our van to get to and from MRSC.

Please list any important upcoming events/milestones and dates for each:

This Spring- Chronic Disease Self-Management, Diabetes Self-Management, Cancer: Thriving and Surviving programs.

Please list any community partnerships:

Maury River Home Care, Rockbridge Area Relief Association, Rockbridge Area Health Center, Rockbridge Area Transportation System, Project Horizon, Rockbridge Regional Library, Community Table, Campus Kitchen, Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital, Rockbridge Area Social Services, Rockbridge Area Community Services, Rockbridge Area Hospice, Blue Ridge Legal Services, Washington and Lee University, Rockbridge Area YMCA, Kendal at Lexington.

What volunteer opportunities are available at your agency? 

Packaging and delivery of Meals on Wheels; Transportation volunteers; Activities ie: weekly crafts with members, weekly exercise, yoga, current events with members, gardening; “brick and mortar” maintenance of building ie: painting interior/exterior, reconfiguring/remodel of space for greater efficiency, basement and shed clean-out.

Why is working for this organization important to you?

Paying tribute to the “wiser and senior sector” of our local communities is an honor. Living in a small community allows one to make a difference in the lives of others. By advocating for, providing crucial information to, and serving folks through our many programs, we build a foundation of awareness and caring for our aging adult population.

What is your favorite memory of working with this organization?

That’s easy! Hearing Miss Edna our 92 year old (paid) employee, share with me her delight in coming to work every day, having a purpose, and feeling as though she is never too old to learn new ways of communicating.

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