Covenant Home Care serves on a team of professionals known as HCRN (Health Community Resource Network). This group assists citizens and non-profit organizations throughout Greater Richmond with volunteer hours and monetary donations. One of those projects is the annual empty plate luncheon hosted by Senior Connections The Capital Area on Aging.
Senior Connections provides services (meals, wellness, transportation, insurance counseling, respite, care coordination, and volunteer opportunities), information/referral, education and advocacy for older adults, persons with disabilities and caregivers. The organization works with partner groups to enhance quality of life, supporting dependence and plan for the future. It has served Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and Richmond since 1973.
This year was the 13th Annual Empty Plate Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. It was held at Trinity Family Life Center, 3601 Dill Road, Richmond. The Mistress of Ceremonies was Sabrina Squire who is the evening anchorwoman for Richmond television station NBC12. Sabrina Squire hosts weekday newscasts and writes the “Acts of Kindness” segment that is presented weekly at NBC12. She is also a multiple Emmy award winner, and a 2012 inductee into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. Ms. Squire has supported the Empty Plate Luncheon since 2014. She is both an advocate and ambassador for programs that support “successful aging” and she supports numerous organizations in the Richmond Metropolitan Region.
Several awards were given out during the event. The Phoebe and Frank Hall Humanitarian Award for Service to Vintage Virginians was given to Mr. Felix Sarfo-Kantanki, Jr., Deputy Secretary of Administration, Commonwealth of Virginia. The Richard Hogan Memorial Award for Volunteer Service was given to three recipients this year: Mr. G. Andrew Nea, Jr., of Williams & Mullen, Senior Connections Choral Group, and Mr. Franck Lamy, Volunteer. The Mary Creath Payne Leadership Award was given to two recipients. The first being Dr. Pamela L. Parson, Associate Professor and Director of Practice and Community Engagement, School of Nursing Virginia Commonwealth University. The other recipient was Mr. William “Bill” Hicks, Directory of Community Relations Richmond City Sheriff’s Office. The Eva Teig Hardy Award for Corporate Service was received by Mrs. Deborah Johnston, CEO, Care Advantage.
Covenant Home Care is proud to work with such a great community of people who truly care about the Greater Richmond Area and the older adults who live here. We consider volunteering our time to such worthy efforts to be a significant part of our charter to the community.