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2019

WellCare Champions

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC

Julia Penson

BakerRipley

Katie Scott

Houston Aphasia Recovery Center

Dr. Rita Justice

Rebuilding Together Houston

Donald Miller

Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels

Sue Lang
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2019 WellCare Champions

Julia Penson

Julia Penson – Evelyn Rubenstein JCC/Senior Companions Program

Julia Penson works tirelessly to better the lives of older adults by providing companionship and support to isolated seniors in the Houston area. Serving as a senior companion program volunteer for the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, Julia often arrives early and stays late, and always puts her clients’ needs first. Her peers and those she works with recently crowned her Queen of Senior Companions at the annual holiday recognition luncheon. Julia’s contagious energy and endearing spirit are positively affecting Houston’s homebound, disabled or hospitalized seniors’ health and well-being.

Katie Scott

Katie Scott – BakerRipley

Katie Scott lives and breathes advocacy for older adults and family caregivers, and particularly for those coping with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Her compassion for persons with dementia (PWD) that sets her apart. Katie has developed new programs that focus on improving the quality of life for PWD; trained and counseled on how to identify and best serve PWD; and, secured more than $2 million in federal demonstration grants for the Houston area. Those who have worked with Katie say there is “no stopping her when it comes to finding new ways to fight the stigma of dementia.”

Dr. Rita Justice

Dr. Rita Justice – Houston Aphasia Recovery Center

Rita Justice saw a need to help those with aphasia, a disorder that affects all ages but especially aging adults who have had strokes or brain injuries after a family member was afflicted with it. Unfortunately, while there is no end to the recovery process for persons with aphasia, there is often a limitation of resources. To raise awareness, she founded the Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC) to serve and advocate for the disability rights of those aging adults with aphasia. Dr. Justine, through her steadfast determination, is helping those dealing with life-changing illnesses have a voice.

Donald Miller

Donald Miller – Rebuilding Together Houston

Donald Miller has been volunteering with Rebuilding Together Houston since 1996. Rebuilding Together Houston connects Donald to low-income seniors, who often do not have the resources to stay safe and secure in their homes. Having served as an educator for 35 years, most of his efforts with the organization have concentrated on leading groups of high school volunteers in home repair projects. He and his volunteers make crucial repairs to woodwork, protecting the home from weather, rot and pests, and will make safety improvements such as wheelchair ramps. Through Donald’s knowledge and service, he has touched the lives of more than 1,400 volunteers and helped 55 Houston seniors continue to live safely in their homes.

Sue Lang

Sue Lang – Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels and Much, Much More, Inc.

Sue Lang’s role with the Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels is to deliver meals to seniors in Sugar Land and Stafford twice a week, but she does so much more. Sue connects and engages with the seniors on her routes, giving each the opportunity to share their unique stories. If she sees an additional need, whether picking up an extra item from the grocery store, offering a ride to a doctor’s appointment or helping around the house, she immediately steps in to lend a hand. Sue has also been personally responsible for bringing more volunteers to help the increasing number of seniors the organization serves.

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