Mobile County Probate Court and Via! Honor Senior Guardians Program Volunteers
MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. – The Mobile County Probate Court, in collaboration with Via! Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center, hosted an appreciation lunch on July 14 to recognize those who serve as advocates or legal guardians for seniors in need through Mobile County’s Volunteer Guardian Program (VGP).
Currently, 53 volunteers serve about 130 Mobile County senior citizens each month through VGP. This program is often the last line of defense for vulnerable citizens against homelessness and worsening quality of life.
If a senior citizen becomes a ward of Mobile County Probate Court, Judge Don Davis appoints a volunteer guardian to protect that person’s health and safety. These volunteers are trained to advocate for senior indigent adults in long-term care facilities and group homes.
Mobile County’s Volunteer Guardians Program is the only program of its kind in Alabama. It was founded in 2010 by Judge of Probate Don Davis and is an important service, especially as the senior population continues to grow.
Mobile County’s Volunteer Guardians Program needs more compassionate, caring, and committed volunteers.
Those interested in learning more about the program or volunteering should contact Volunteer Guardian Coordinator Lynn Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-478-3311.
The volunteer commitment is about 4 to 6 hours per month. Requirements are that volunteers be at least 21 years old, have computer access, transportation, and the ability to learn basic legal and medical information. Each volunteer guardian must complete a background check and participate in training.
For more information on Mobile County’s Volunteer Guardians Program, go to https://viamobile.org/what-we-do/volunteer-guardian-program/.
Volunteer guardians in attendance were thanked for their service by Judge of Probate Don Davis, District 1 Commissioner Merceria Ludgood, and District 3 Commissioner Randall Dueitt, who each expressed the importance of their service to our community. Dr. Norman McCrummen served as the keynote speaker and offered an inspirational message about giving.