Mason, Texas – Adult Protective Services is honoring distinguished citizens who have provided extraordinary care and service to APS clients during the past year. Designated as “APS Honors”, the awards are a special project of the Regions 2 & 9 APS staff (60 county area) and four volunteer boards. APS Honors was created over six years ago. Since that time, APS has honored over 100 community members including judges, law enforcement, social workers, volunteers, businesses, units, banks and doctors. Although each job is diverse, they all share the passion to help others. The individuals chosen are ones who go way beyond their job description and demonstrate an impressive dedication and care for the elderly and persons with disabilities. Often they work behind the scenes. They are humble and will tell you they are just doing their jobs. Because APS has witnessed their work and seen that they are special, they want to acknowledge that and share their stories.
Local honoree, Judge Jerry Bearden, Mason County judge, will be honored for his distinguished service to the aging and persons with disabilities population. The award will be presented during the Commissioners Meeting at 201 Ft. McKavitt in Mason. The presentation will be at 9:00 am on Monday, May 13, 2013.
Judge Bearden is very proud and passionate about his county. He states that the county members take care of each other and are dedicated to that mission. He, in turn, feels that same desire to ‘pay them back for our raising.’ He believes this so much that he makes weekly calls to various community members to check on them. He declared, “We owe them everything!”
“Our collaboration with many service providers gives us opportunities to see outstanding people”, states Tommy Reed, Regional Director, Adult Protective Services, Regions 2 & 9. “We simply want to recognize excellence. We want to show our appreciation and honor our community partners who provide extraordinary care and service and demonstrate the core values of our agency. APS Honors is our way to say thank you and to help the community recognize these persons for outstanding efforts”.
Adult Protective Services is a program of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. The APS mission is to protect the elderly and persons with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation by working with clients, families, and communities. To report abuse, neglect, or exploitation of the elderly or persons with disabilities, call 1-800-252-5400.