Archive for 2022

09/16/2022

Michele Driver – Discovering Purpose Within Hardship

For Michele Driver, one phone call changed everything. A year and a half ago, in the middle of the night, Driver answered a call. Waiting on the line was DFCS. They asked if she would come pick up Kendall, her six-year-old granddaughter.  Kendall had lost her mom three months before, […]

09/16/2022

Meet Elizabeth Thompson

Thirteen years ago, Elizabeth Thompson started volunteering in our Adult Day Health program. She loved it so much she eventually became a full-time Adult Day Health Aide. She loves her clients deeply and has dedicated her life to caring for others both through her job and in her home. We […]

08/05/2022

Samantha and Sybil: Foster Grandparent program brings generations together

In fall of 2021, Samantha Yvzellez was starting her first year as a teacher, ready but nervous to invest in her first grade class. Meanwhile, Sybil Sloan had recently moved from her hometown of Woodstock to live with her daughter in the Athens area. Although Sloan enjoyed being closer to […]

08/05/2022

From Giving to Going: The story of a donor who also became a volunteer

It all started with a jewelry store. For forty years, Jack Stephen Hollis designed one-of-a-kind pieces for his clients and later their children. He loved interacting with each customer, working diligently to bring their ideas to life. Hollis never expected for his job to connect him to giving back to […]

07/25/2022

How We’ve Grown: Q&A With Current ACCA President and CEO, Eve Anthony

To celebrate our 55th anniversary, we sat down with ACCA Director Eve Anthony. Here is our story. Q: How has ACCA grown and thrived over the past 55 years? Initially, our founders in 1967 recognized in the Athens community that there was not an organization that specialized in serving older […]

07/22/2022

Connections, Summer 2022

Aging well and living well – what does that look like to you? In this summer’s issue of Connections, you’ll hear from community members who are advocating for older workers, our former executive director about the past and present of Athens Community Council on Aging, and experts on starting the […]

07/12/2022

Kathryn Fowler: Age Well, Live Well

Throughout Kathryn Fowler’s career (did you know she was our former executive director?) and life she’s learned a lot about aging well and living well. Here’s her story. What was your early life like? I was born in Columbia, South Carolina. From age three, I lived in Florence, South Carolina. […]

06/23/2022

CNA, more than a job

It does not matter whether Shayla Smith is sick or on vacation – the letters still come. “I have one client who will write me a letter every single day until I come back to work. He’ll say ‘I really do miss you, hope you come back soon’,”said Smith, a […]

06/13/2022

A healthier lifestyle thanks to Meals on Wheels

Meet Phillip Riddle, one of our Meals on Wheels participants. Here’s his story in his own words. “I’m originally from Atlanta and moved to Athens in high school. After graduation, I went to college and then entered the Air Force. The many experiences I had there not only educated me […]

05/11/2022

More than a meal for this former Salvation Army administrator

A stroke left Roy Harris partially paralyzed, disabled and unable to work. That’s when Roy and his wife Patty decided to move from Montgomery, Ala. to Athens, living with their daughter and son-in-law until they found a place of their own.  Before the stroke, Harris had been an administrator and […]

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