Fulfilling Dreams at Carolina SeniorCare PACE

June 14, 2019

Carolina SeniorCare, a program of all-inclusive care for the elderly in Lexington, continues to shine light on seniors.  On June 13, the program became an assembly of supporters as thirteen participants walked for their graduation certificates.   

“In the spirit of graduation season, Carolina SeniorCare realized they needed to acknowledge their participants and their accomplishments,” shared Misty Polston-York, Chaplain for the program.  “This was a graduation like no other,” she shared.

The ceremony was set for thirteen graduates. Each donned a cap and gown and was presented a certificate.  In addition to the pomp and circumstance of the event, the commencement speaker will be Dr. Ken Clapp, Vice President of Catawba College. Dr. Clapp shared the importance of education and persistence.   

Carolina SeniorCare serves seniors 55 years or older who have disabilities or health concerns and wish to remain in their homes while receiving needed medical and supportive services.  Two of the participants recognized during the graduating festivities have continued classes while at the Carolina SeniorCare day program and were honored for furthering their studies – Ms. Betty Dixon has been studying courses through Vintage Bible College and received a Master’s in Biblical Counseling and Ms. Linda Shields has been taking courses from Colorado Christian University College of Adult and Graduate Studies and was honored for her continuing studies.

The eleven additional graduates recognized are participants in Carolina SeniorCare’s adult literacy programs.  Carolina SeniorCare offers programs to assist participants in mathematics and English to enrich their lives and enhance their quality of life.  Those participants being recognized:

English and Mathematics participants:  Ray Clifton, Marty Clarkson, Beverly McLemore, and Charlotte Adams.

English participants: Dolores Johnson, Brenda Reist, Vera Carter, Patricia Bolen, Curtis McMillon, Joyce Woodruff, and Iris Ingram.

“Each of these participants has a unique story and a unique background,” shared Polston-York.  “One participant, Ray Clifton, joined the English class so he might learn to write his wife’s name.  He has continued to progress.  A touching highlight of the ceremony, was Clifton reading a love note to his wife that he composed in class.  Another participant never finished elementary school and could barely read or write before entering the literacy program; today she is reading devotions at the Center.”

“We created an unforgettable day for those graduating and those attending,” shared Thomas Chang, Executive Director.  “At Carolina SeniorCare we provide hope for all that we serve; this is proof that it is working.”

Participant’s recognized in the Carolina SeniorCare Commencement Ceremony: Betty Dixon, Linda Shields, Charlotte Adams, Patricia Bolen, Vera Carter, Marty Clarkson, Ray Clifton, Iris Ingram, Delores Johnson, Beverly McLemore, Curtis McMillon, Brenda Reist, and Joyce Woodruff.