Michigan Association of Foster Grandparent & Senior Companion Programs

Stories of Service

Sharing Smiles while Serving Seniors and her Community

Mary Taylor

Senior Companions - Wexford County

Caring, active, and thoughtful is our Senior Companion Mary Taylor!

Mary has been serving as a Senior Companion for over 13 years in the Wexford County! Talk about making a real commitment! We are so appreciative of Mary’s dedication to the program!Mary is a great volunteer that is loyal to her clients and makes a difference in their lives!

What prompted you to get involved? -I had retired and 3 years later I just felt I needed something to do with my time. I found the ad for Senior Companions and decided to try it and have been doing it since.

How has volunteering as a Senior Companion benefited you? -I get a lot out of this program. I feel I stay younger and healthier. I have made some great relationships, and some are like family to me.

What keeps you volunteering year after year?  -I enjoy the friendships I make, I love to drive and get out and go. I get to get out with my clients and take them where they need to go and I love getting out.

What is one of your most memorable moments as a Senior Companion? -Over the years there have been so many different moments it’s hard to think of one. One of my current ladies is in the hospital and she called me and on the phone she said “I love you”, so many heartwarming  moments like that.

What other community services/organizations are you involved in? -I have served on the Advisory Council for the SVP, I have been an advisory member for the Area Agency on Aging of NWMI, I also had been the Vice President of the Manton Senior Center for many years.

What are some of your hobbies that keep you busy outside of being a Senior Companion? -I like to keep active and get out a lot. I also play in a pool league every Tuesday night. I have 5 kids, 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren that keep me busy.

What would you say to someone interested in being a Senior Companion? -I would say to go for it. I have told many ladies about the program and gotten them to get involved. It is great to be a part of and I would recommend it.

Thank you so much Mary for your devotion to this program! We appreciate you and all that you do everyday! We are thankful for the time that you give!