Eva Veitch has joined the Region 10 League for Economic Assistance & Planning as Program Coordinator of Community Living Services, a newly-created position designed to bring together and enhance the services offered through the non-profit organization to older adults and people living with disabilities. Veitch, who formerly served as Director of Outreach for Volunteers of America, believes that she will now be able to more directly impact those who need services.
“We really want to make sure that the people who need resources are aware of and have access to them,” Veitch said. “Those of us who work in senior care are well aware of the gaps that exist for people who are not yet age 60; there are many resources for those over 60, but we field so many calls from people who are 55 and desperately need things like income-based housing.”
Over the next five years, Veitch said that she hopes to effectively fill those gaps in service.
“I believe we have the core infrastructure to create some amazing programs,” Veitch said, “but we need to generate more community involvement. I look at programs like Welcome Home Montrose, Haven House and the Abraham Connection—all serving our diverse community—and I think it is absolutely amazing what can happen when people get on board.”
As a past executive director of All Points Transit and numerous assisted living facilities, Veitch is known for bringing success to her endeavors. She began her career with City Market, and was one of the team who helped to open the market in Downtown Montrose as well as other stores across Colorado.
“I fell into elder care when I began working for a health care facility in Grand Junction,” Veitch recalls. “It was just one of those things; within two weeks, I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be, working with the elderly to promote a better quality of life.”
Region 10 welcomes the skills and expertise that Eva Veitch brings to the table, notes Executive Director Michelle Haynes.
“Eva is capable of accomplishing great things, and she brings not only a strong background and practical experience, but the ability to listen and learn from the individuals she serves,” Haynes said. “We see this new staff position as one that will be essential to our efforts to move forward and bring even greater resources to this region.”
A non-profit organization, the Region 10 League for Economic Assistance and Planning was formed in 1972 and serves six-counties (Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Ouray, Hinsdale and San Miguel), operates an Enterprise center (300 North Cascade) administers the Enterprise Zone tax credit and marketing grant programs, oversees the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and Community Living Services, coordinates regional transportation planning, and offers a loan program for small business. To learn more about Region 10, call 970-249-2436 or visit the web site at www.region10.net.