We are in the midst of the season for making lists. The naughty and nice; the year’s best; the person of the year; and things to do now and next year.
I took a giant step forward in my discerning process when Betty Ericson emerged on several lists.
If you know her from church, her career or as a Racine born Packer backer, you will validate that she is thoroughly nice and near the top of any compilation of effective leaders, hands-on helpers, sophisticated problem-solvers and deeply caring servers of others.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed when there is someone in your family circle who needs a safe and comfortable living situation? Are you confused or challenged trying to reach out for programs that could be helpful?
Betty has been involved with Senior Services, offering information and assistance and doing case management since 2007. She laments that there are still many who aren’t aware of – or connected with – available services.
Here’s a look through the window into the offices of the local Senior Services agency located at the Geneva Township Senior Center at 400 Wheeler Drive or to Betty at 630-752-2737 or 630-399-6185.
This nonprofit agency was established 40 years ago as a federal program. The charge was to determine how much help was needed to keep a senior at home, independent and safe.
Possible assistance comes in the form of homemakers, access to an emergency response system and adult day care.
Consider Senior Services as an advocate for such needs connected to deciphering Medicare issues, elder abuse and the previously suggested tools for maintaining seniors in a safe and sane home situation, and suggestions for assisted living.
Is that a sigh of relief I heard?
Involvement in all of the networking on the job could be exhausting, yet Betty keeps up a steady stream of leadership and service to others.
The United Methodist Women group is widely known for mission work locally and throughout the world. Betty serves at the regional level as vice president.
There’s Betty in action when she and other women visited India to celebrate the anniversary of Isabella Thoburn College. She recently returned from Zimbabwe after working to build better relationships among women and keeps up her volunteering with prison ministry.
Betty does have some spare time.
I hear she is in a bowling league, and I know for sure that for each UMW bake sale I have a standing order for one of her world-famous pecan pies.
Hint for 2014 – put Betty Ericson and Senior Services on your list.
• Joan Arteberry is a longtime resident of St. Charles. Her columns are featured in the Kane County Chronicle’s Neighbors section every other Friday. Write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.