Teresa McCulloch, CEO, welcomed those attending, commenting briefly on the agency's vision for the coming year. She thanked the staff for their hard work and dedication throughout the past year and noted the happiness and safety of much of southeast Missouri is in the hands of VNA homemakers and nurses as they go about the day-to-day activities helping frail and aging adults remain in the place they love most - home.
"I receive letters so I know that you are appreciated, that you are making a difference in the lives of many. For this, I say thank you," she said.
Dorothy Siars of Charleston is the northern region's "VNA Homemaker of the Year." The northern region includes employees from Cape Girardeau, Mississippi, Perry, Bollinger and Scott counties
Ms. Siars specializes in meeting the needs of senior adults who desire to remain in their own homes despite diminished abilities to complete all the tasks necessary to daily living.
Lawanda Macke of Jackson was recognized for 15 years of service. Annie Ivy and Doretha Visor of Charleston, Christy Stevens and Sharl Smith of Sikeston and Margaret King of Cape Girardeau were thanked for 10 years of service.
VNA Community Services has been providing personal care and homemaker chore services for adults affected by disability or aging for more than 20 years. Specially trained staff prepare meals, provide assistance with grooming, clean homes and run errands for necessary items such as medicine and food for those no longer able to do so for themselves.