COAD’s Senior Companion Program has been providing volunteer opportunities to men and women age 55 and older since its inception in 1974. The COAD Senior Companion Program was one of the original 18 programs funded Federal Government. The Program currently operates in 14 the following Appalachian Counties in Ohio: Adams, Brown, Gallia, Meigs, Pike, Lawrence, Ross, Highland, Monroe, Noble, Harrison, Belmont, Tuscarawas, Jefferson.

Senior Companion Volunteers are healthy older adults who help other adults live independently. They assist with grocery shopping, providing support to family caregivers and with other task of daily living necessary to help their client maintain independence. Without the help of Senior Companions, many older adults would not be able to continue living at home and would need more expensive, less personal care.

You don’t need special medical or technical skills to be a Senior Companion. All you need to know is how to be a friend. Senior Companions offer other, older adults contact with the world outside of their homes and make their lives less lonely. Along the way, Senior Companions find out that few things feel as good as knowing that you are needed.

COAD Coordinators for Senior Companions can be contacted for these counties:

In Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Tuscarawas, Belmont or Jefferson Counties: 

Kirk Guisti, COAD Foster Grandparent Program and Senior Companion

 P.O. Box 266, Steubenville, Ohio 43952 Telephone: 330-987-7232


In Athens, Hocking, Muskingum, Perry and Ross Counties:

Teny Bannick, Foster Grandparent Program

I Pinchot Lane, P.O. Box 787, Athens, Ohio 45701 Telephone: 740-594-8499


In Lawrence, Jackson, Gallia and Scioto Counties:

Cher Bellar, COAD Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs

 P.O. Box 4371, Ironton, Ohio 45638 Telephone: 740-532-7725