Occupation: Owner, Seniors Helping Seniors Residence: East Lansing Family: Husband, Jim; Sons Jason and Paul Hobbies: The outdoors, fishing, biking, trying to become a golfer and music Romy Crawford, along with her cousin Robin Crawford, recently started a Seniors Helping Seniors franchise in Lansing. Seniors Helping Seniors is an organization where seniors, who are able to drive and take care of themselves, help care for their fellow seniors. If you are interested in volunteering call (810) 229-6400 or visit www.seniorshelpingseniors.com.
Q: What are you hoping to gain from the experience of running this organization? A: I am hoping to gain a reassurance that I have helped empower men and women, and to help them feel respected, appreciated and valued …. our culture doesn’t always send a kind message to elderly people. Q: What are your goals for this organization? A: To serve the community, and I guess personally also to feel that I’ve done what I’m supposed to do. My faith is important to me, and I just want to have the belief that I’m going to hear “well-done” once it’s my time. Q: How does this organization benefit those involved? A: Relationships come from shared experiences. Our care providers, because they are older and because we match them personally, provide a social network for seniors who often have a hard time getting out of their home. I don’t know how you put a value on that.
Ellen Dowling is a student at Lansing Community College. She plans to transfer to a university where she intends on studying journalism. She loves photography, poetry, art and exploring the city she loves with her dog by her side.