Region 10 Community Living Services Director Eva Veitch. Image by Cara Fandel.

Region 10 Community Living Services Director Eva Veitch. Image by Cara Fandel.

By Caitlin Switzer

REGIONAL—(July 16, 2013)  As the six-county Region 10 League for Economic Assistance & Planning pursues its mission of leveraging resources for stronger communities, a key Region 10 staffer has been tapped to fill a larger role.   Effective July 1, Eva Veitch has been named Community Living Services Director, responsible for overseeing the Area Agency on Aging (AAA), the ARCH (Adult Resources for Care and Help) and acting as ombudsman for the region. Veitch joined Region 10 earlier this year as Program Coordinator of Community Living Services.

“With the experience and vision that Eva brings to this position, we are taking our services to a whole new level for our community,” Region 10 Executive Director Michelle Haynes said, noting that Amy Rowan will soon be joining Region 10 as Options Counselor as well.

Veitch, whose resume includes successful stints as director of outreach for Volunteers of America, executive director of All Points Transit, and with numerous assisted living facilities, is a home-grown success story. She began her career with City Market, as one of the team that opened the market in Downtown Montrose as well as other stores across Colorado, though she quickly followed her heart into the field of elder care. She says that she looks forward to the challenge of her expanded role at Region 10.

“This is such an exciting time,” Veitch said. “There is a lot going on. And there is still so much we can do for ARCH clients and our seniors.”

Though the programs are not heavily funded, all provide essential services, she noted.

“Health care and support systems are complicated,” she said, “and people need help to navigate and learn what services are out there, and how they can access those services.”

Those seeking assistance can just call Region 10 at 970-249-2436, she said.

“Our program is called Community Living Services, and we support people’s needs so they can keep living in the setting they prefer,” she said. “We work with people over the long term, offering services and support. And acting as Long term Care Ombudsman will be a really exciting role for me; I will be advocating for people who need support. With Amy Rowan on board we will really hit the ground running—her experience will be a great resource for us!”

A non-profit organization, the Region 10 League for Economic Assistance and Planning was formed in 1972 and serves six-counties (Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Ouray, Hinsdale and San Miguel), operates an Enterprise center (300 North Cascade) administers the Enterprise Zone Business and Contribution tax credit programs, oversees the Area Agency on Aging (AAA),Adult resources for care and Help (ARCH) and Community Living Services, coordinates regional transportation planning, and offers a loan program for small business. To learn more call 970-249-2436 or visit the web site at www.region10.net.