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Northwest Tenn. volunteer retires

Northwest Tenn. volunteer retires

Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 9:48 am

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Robert Thompson of Huntingdon has retired from volunteering for the Northwest Tennessee Ombudsman Program after 10 years of dedicated service and seven years of service to the RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program). Thompson has served Carroll and Gibson counties, visiting residents in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living facilities, advocating for their rights, listening and relieving their concerns over care and other issues. The residents have always and will continue to look forward to his visits – always smiling and uplifting. The Ombudsman Program presented him with a plaque and other special recognition for his years of service.

Thompson said, “I will be 87 if I make it to Jan. 21, I know it will not be very long until I will be in a home. I have learned much by being an Ombudsman. I had some hope that I could help others and I have made many friends over the last 10 years. Sometimes I think I have not helped, but then a resident tells me things are better because of something I did for them; I realize being there has helped.”

NWTHRA Ombudsman Director Marchell Gardner said, “Robert was here when I started this job, he has been an invaluable part of our team. We are going to miss him, but the residents have always and will continue to be his focus. It takes a special kind of individual to volunteer with this program and Robert is the epitome of what kind of spirit it takes to advocate for Resident’s Rights. We are really going to miss him, but we wish him well in all he does. We want him to enjoy his next ‘retirement.’”