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10:37 PM Fri, Sept. 21st

Mevis to head Prescott People Who Care

The board of directors of Prescott People Who Care has elected Fritzi Mevis executive director. The organization provides volunteer support services to homebound and disabled adults in Prescott and Chino Valley.

Mevis joined the group as office manager in April 2000 and about one year later became interim director.

She formerly worked as a U.S. Army community services volunteer helping military personnel and their families with needed services.

Volunteers from Prescott People Who Care make it possible for aging and ill adults to maintain their independence as long as possible. They help neighbors with chores such as picking up groceries, fixing a leaky faucet or providing transportation to the doctor's office.

Volunteers also assist with personal business, such as organizing bills and helping with paperwork after a death. They also provide some respite care.

"We provide these services, and we also refer each person we're helping to other local agencies that can help meet their needs," said Mevis.

More than 600 volunteers have worked to provide services for neighbors in Prescott and Chino Valley since the organization's founding in 1992. The group will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year.

Prescott People Who Care also established Neighbor to Neighbor, a Prescott Valley organization that provides similar services to people in that community.

Citizens interested in volunteering or learning more about the organization may call Mevis at 445-2480.