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Two charities work together for youth, elderly

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Ron Malone, executive director of Assurance Home, pictured left, presents Monica Duran, executive director of the JOY Center, with a Trophy of Appreciation. (Submitted Photo)

One charity serves the elderly and one charity serves young people. These two programs love each other.

Ron Malone, executive director for Assurance Home, and Monica Duran, executive director for the JOY Center, have nothing but praise for each other.

Assurance Home, a residential program for mistreated, homeless and “at-risk” teens, administers a Summer Youth Project that allows their young people to hold down part-time summer jobs at various charities throughout the community.

The JOY Center provides many services for the elderly including meals, meal delivery, adult daycare, transportation, health, recreation, legal advocacy and other valuable services.

According to Malone, the JOY Center is one of the absolute favorite places for youngsters from Assurance Home to work during the summer. They enjoy being with older folks and they feel needed and important by doing a job that is both rewarding and helpful.

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The JOY Center gives high marks to the young people from Assurance Home who work at the center during the summer months. Monica talks about how professional and precise these kids are and how their presence enhances the service delivery of the JOY Center.