Pictured from Left to Right: Bob McDonald, CedarStone Bank President and CEO, John B. Bryan, CSB Vice-President & Relationship Manager, Debbie Paré, Director Senior Citizens Awareness Network of Wilson County Inc., Sgt. Don Witherspoon, Wilson Co. Sheriff’s Office, and Melynda Bounds, CedarStone Bank Lebanon Office Manager.
Each month CedarStone Bank “simply salutes” an influential leader in the region. This month the bank is proud to recognize SCAN – The Senior Citizens Awareness Network of Wilson County Inc.
SCAN is a 501c3 non-profit organization developed by the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office to take a proactive approach in addressing the needs of senior citizens. Wilson County SCAN Director Debbie Paré leads the agency, while Sgt. Don Witherspoon acts as the SCAN liaison for the Sheriff’s office.
Reports show Americans age 55 and older will double between now and the year 2030. As our senior population increases in record numbers so do issues related to addressing the needs of isolated, lonely, at risk and financially-challenged seniors. The challenge to address these needs falls on everyone in the community — including first responders.
“We are showing them that the community cares,” Paré said. “We want them to know we are there to help.”
SCAN conducts in-home checks and makes phone calls each day of the year to ensure that program recipients are safe and well. SCAN Officers are uniformed representatives of the Sheriff’s Office and drive to the homes of program members, making personal contact while providing home security surveys, crime prevention information, and information on local social and community services. SCAN volunteers visit program members to check on their safety and security, often assisting with groceries, transportation, air conditioners in the summer, heaters in the cold winter months along with various other identified needs.
The SCAN program was started more than 15 years ago under the direction of former Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe. The program took off and has continued under the leadership of current Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan. Currently, the SCAN team consists of 30 volunteers; even Paré, who works 40 to 60 hours a week, does so for free.
“My nursing career, for the most part, was in geriatrics,” Paré said. “It’s just something I’ve always loved. It is a segment of the population I’ve enjoyed working with so to find an organization like this to be able to be a part of and put a personal touch on was the perfect fit for me.”SCAN is funded by private donations and is absolutely free to its participants. Anyone interested in receiving SCAN services, making a donation or becoming a volunteer should contact Debbie Paré at the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department at 615-444-1412.CedarStone Bank is proud to salute Debbie, Don and the rest of the SCAN team for their dedicated efforts towards helping the senior citizens of Wilson County.