February 12, 2009 // Franchising.com // Wyomissing Hills, Pa – To help meet the growing demand of older Ohioans who want to remain in their own homes and stay as self-sufficient as possible, Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Services (SHS) has established a new franchise between Columbus and Dayton that will serve west central Ohio.
Seniors Helping Seniors--which has five regional owners and some 50 franchise partners in Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, Washington, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Michigan and Florida is a national caregiver and companionship organization and the only one that matches seniors who need in-home care services with seniors who provide them.
The newest franchise—the first in Ohio--is owned and operated by Kelly Evans-Wilson, Mechanicsburg, Ohio. She will serve Champaign County (Mechanicsburg, St. Paris and Urbana), Clark County (Springfield, South Charleston and New Carlisle), Logan County (Bellefontaine and West Liberty) and Madison County (London and Plain City). Evans-Wilson most recently served as executive director of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce. Before that she was income development director and Ohio Relay For Life trainer for the American Cancer Society.
Recognition for her community leadership includes being named to the Springfield News-Sun's "Top 20 Under 40 Business Leaders for 2007." She also served as president of the Johnny Appleseed Montessori Center board of directors in 2007 and for the Junior Service League in 2004.
Evans-Wilson received a BA in political science from Wittenberg University; an MBA from Franklin University; a master's degree in public health and Certificate in Gerontology from The Ohio State University.
"Seniors Helping Seniors is an opportunity for me to use my educational and professional backgrounds to help seniors connect with the resources they need to live independently. In addition, having cared for my uncle in our home for five years, I experienced the joys and challenges of caring for a senior loved one at home. I know that having an organization like Seniors Helping Seniors will be an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of seniors in my community," she explained.
Evans-Wilson said she believes that the Seniors Helping Seniors mission of connecting seniors with seniors makes the organization unique. "To my knowledge it is the only service dedicated to serving and hiring seniors." She continued, "I believe that seniors want to remain in their homes, however, often they just need a little extra help. Through my business I can lend that helping hand by connecting them with another senior who wants to continue contributing to society and wants to help others. Seniors want to make their community stronger and serving those that need a little extra help enables them to continue making a difference in the lives of others and in their own life." "My goal is to make a difference in the lives of seniors by developing a network of loving, caring, and compassionate seniors to help one another." stated Evans-Wilson.
Her franchise is part of the state of Ohio's Seniors Helping Seniors master territory owned by Peggy Conlon and Cheryl Williams, Columbus.
"We are pleased to welcome Kelly as a franchise partner," said Conlon. "She comes to our Seniors Helping Seniors community with many years of business, community and senior care experience and a deep personal knowledge about what it means to be a caregiver."
Added Williams, "She will make an excellent franchise partner, one who is dedicated to providing the Seniors Helping Seniors brand of loving, giving, caring and compassionate service. We look forward to working with Kelly and have no doubt that she will fulfill the Seniors Helping Seniors' mission in west central Ohio."
Philip Yocom, and his wife, Kiran Yocom, co-founded Seniors Helping Seniors In-Home Services (SHS), which began as a non-profit organization serving Reading and Berks County, Pennsylvania. That first non-profit organization today encompasses more than 250 senior providers helping more than 600 senior receivers. In 2007, the non-profit Seniors Helping Seniors provided nearly 17,000 hours of service.
Philip Yocom said, "What began as a heartfelt mission to fill a need that was not being served by our local community is now being recognized as a prime business opportunity being fueled by the fastest growing demographic in our society."
He said, "We want the existing Seniors Helping Seniors organization and our franchises to be the first place that seniors in need of non-medical services and those seeking extra income call."
"We support all of our franchises with all of the expertise we have gained in running Seniors Helping Seniors. We also provide marketing, sales, management, and technology support."
He added, "We believe we have found a practical, cost-effective way to help seniors remain independent and to continue contributing. As we grow nationwide, we remain committed to providing our brand of loving, giving, caring, compassionate service."