Photo by Leslie Dominquez
Photo by Leslie Dominquez

Querencia at Barton Creek retirement resort has named Eva Church as a recipient of the Querencia “Salute to Seniors” Award. Church was nominated for the honor because of her commitment to caring for seniors and their caregivers through her work with Austin Groups for the Elderly, as well as her years of volunteer service in the Austin community.

The Querencia “Salute to Seniors” Award is presented quarterly to honor an individual who is making a difference in their community. Qualified nominees are active adults age 62 and above who volunteer their time and talents to their communities, and who also exemplify leadership, spirit, and citizenship.

“Recognizing and honoring senior volunteers for their contributions is very important to Querencia,” said Julie Marceaux, community relations coordinator of The Plaza at Querencia. “The ‘Salute to Seniors’ Award is our way of showing appreciation for those volunteers and encouraging other seniors to give back to their community.” Church, 78, has worked with Austin Groups for the Elderly since its opening in 1986. Currently, she serves the organization as the director of the caregiver resource center. In addition to her full time position with Austin Groups for the Elderly, Church also serves on the board of North Central Caregivers, oversees the Interagency Council on Aging, and delivers communion to the homebound through her church—Saint Louis Catholic Church.

“I love the work I do with seniors and their caregivers. Whether it is through my position at Austin Groups for the Elderly or through my volunteer service, I always feel so much reward knowing that, at the end of the day, I have helped those who need help,” said Church. “In addition to the whirlwind of emotions caregivers must go through, they are often thrown into a very confusing situation. It brings me great joy to help them through that very difficult time and provide them with the tools necessary to give their loved one the best care possible.”

Church is originally from Claremorris, Ireland. She received her nursing degree in London, England, and then immigrated to Canada and then the United States. Later, she received her degree in health care administration. Church has been serving the Austin community for more than 20 years.

Founded in 1986, Austin Groups for the Elderly is a nonprofit organization committed to providing resources for the growing number of Austin area seniors, adults with disabilities and those who care for them. Its aim is to help middle-aged generations prepare for their senior years and to embrace the journey without fear. In addition, the organization provides seniors and caregivers with the support needed to live the most vibrant lives possible. Austin Groups for the Elderly provides services through four interrelated programs: Elderhaven Adult Day Centers, Caregiver Resource Center, SeniorNet® Computer Learning Institute and AGE Building.

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