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Donation means transportation for local seniors

Members enrolled in the Sheriff’s Senior Citizens Awareness Network may now receive transportation vouchers to doctor’s visits after a $1,000 donation from the Villages of Murfreesboro.

The Villages of Murfreesboro Senior Living conducted a silent auction on decorated trees and wreaths with proceeds donated to SCAN, said the Villages Executive Director Terri Deal.           

“My goal was to raise awareness for the (SCAN) program,” Deal said.

Vendors for the auction were Amedisys Home Health, Gordon Food Service, Boulevard Terrace Rehab Nursing Center, Willowbrook Home Health, Senior Solutions Home Care, Suncrest Home Health, Adoration Home Health Hospice, Avalon Hospice, Home Health Care of Middle Tennessee, Twelvestone Health Partners , Kindred at Home, Smith Family Funeral and Cremation Service and Dr. and Mrs. John Long.

Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said donations from organizations like the Villages allow the Sheriff’s Office volunteers to care for seniors through the SCAN program.

SCAN coordinator E.T. Guice said the Villages donation will allow Murfreesboro seniors who need transportation to doctor’s visits to ride Rover and county senior citizens vouchers for Uber and Lyft.

SCAN is a Sheriff’s Office program where trained volunteers care for seniors by delivering food donated by Midland Baptist Church’s Journey of Hope, checking their safety needs and conducting home visits. About 80 seniors are enrolled in the free program.

More volunteers are needed to care for the seniors. Volunteers are asked to donate 20 hours a month. People interested may call Guice at (615) 904-3139.

“There is always a need for volunteers,” Fitzhugh said.

Guice’s husband, Clarence, who is a co-coordinator, said SCAN needs dedicated volunteers who want to work with seniors.

“I can do this seven days a week,” Clarence Guice said.

E.T. Guice said there is always a need. She mentioned a 90-year-old woman who called her last week and said, “I need you. I need to talk to you.” The senior needed food that Guice delivered.

“She just hugged me and cried,” Guice said.

Guice replied to the senior, “You call me anytime.”

 

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