VPAS Listening Session Scheduled

The Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS) serves the needs of older individuals in Virginia, ages 60 and over, in the cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, Buena Vista and Lexington and the counties of Highland, Bath, Augusta and Rockbridge . Their mission statement is to play a key leadership role in advocating for, establishing, and sustaining communities beneficial to older persons and adults with disabilities and their families. Actively participate in providing services needed by these individuals, including coordinated and accessible healthcare; maximum independent living and affordable housing options; support to family caregivers; transportation; and opportunities for vibrant engagement in life, active citizenship, and enhanced quality of life.

VPAS receives Federal, State and local funding to provide these services.  As such, VPAS reports to the VA Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services. The VPAS Board of Directors and  administration place emphasis on serving its communities with efficiency and accountability, and  meeting needs now and into the future. To accomplish this, the program is beginning the process of developing its Strategic Plan for the next three years.  As part of this endeavor, the Board of Directors wishes to engage stakeholders in each of the ten jurisdictions through planned listening sessions and round table discussions. A session is planned for Highland County on Thursday, January 21st, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, at the County Modular Building in Monterey. If you are interested in attending, please contact Harmony Leonard,  Senior Service Coordinator for Highland County, by January 20th. She can be reached by calling (540) 468-2178 or emailing harmony@vpas.info.

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Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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