Senior Services of Belmont County which assumed chief responsibility in the delivery of a myriad of critical and much needed services to the senior population of Belmont County circa November 1, 2013 has, I feel, adopted a very positive pro-active approach to service delivery under the leadership of Program Coordinator, David Hacker.
The newly formed agency, which has been created by and will operate under the auspices of the Belmont County Board of Commissioners, has been able to essentially transition employees from its earlier configurations, namely the Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services and Belmont Senior Services, Inc., respectively, which has greatly contributed to the smooth transition that the agency has realized, without any, even temporary, disruption or decline of services.
Actually, even at this early date, service levels have been maintained or even further enhanced, which, I consider to be quite encouraging, indeed.
In addition to services currently provided, the Agency is already pursuing possible options to further enhance services available to local seniors, including T.R.I.P.S. (Transportation Resources and Individual Planning Services) for the further development of available transportation options and R.A.S.K.A.L. (Random Simple Acts of Kindness Affecting Local Seniors), a volunteer program to provide home repair, clean-up and landscaping services to eligible seniors.
I feel the work done earlier by the Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services and Belmont Senior Services, Inc., to have been praiseworthy, and individual service provides to Belmont County's seniors through those entities should be commended for their dedication and accomplishments over the years, as well.
In addition, Mr. Hacker, as program coordinator, is stressing collaboration and co-operation between his and other county agencies and has reached out to such entities outside Belmont County in order to secure and share information that would prove beneficial to serving area seniors.
With the agencies attitude of always placing the needs of the seniors first, while emphasizing collaboration and transparency, I am optimistic that Belmont County' Seniors will continue to be in "good hands" for many years to come.