Person of Interest: Monica Wright
Title: Executive Director, Caddo Council on Aging (CCOA)

SB: What makes you passionate about your new position at CCOA?

I love that I get to help seniors. It’s a population that’s so innocent. They gave everything to the community throughout their years, and now we need to give back to them.

SB: What kind of services does CCOA offer?

We offer in-home services, such as home delivered meals. Our Respite/Sitter Program gives caregivers a break by bringing someone in to care for your senior while the caregiver takes some much-needed personal time to himself or herself. We set up congregate meals for seniors in collaboration with the City of Shreveport where it gives seniors the opportunity to socialize with their peers. We have Tech Talks on Fridays where we teach seniors how to use technological devices such as cell phones and computers so that they can communicate with their loved ones. Our Aging and Disability Resource Center helps improve entry into the long-term care system. We also offer an Ombudsman Program where men and women who are trained to respond to the problems and needs of nursing facility residents work to ensure that residents receive the best possible care and they’re treated with respect and dignity. As you can see, we offer many programs to aid in the betterment of our seniors’ lives.

SB: What would you say is your main objective right now in your new position?

We’re currently facing budget cuts, so I’m making it my goal to find new funding sources whether they’re private, through foundations or grants…I’m determined to make up for the cuts that are being made.

SB: What can the community do to help at CCOA?

We’re always looking for volunteers to deliver meals and make donations. We love when people promote the agency on Facebook to bring more awareness to the community. CCOA wants to hear the community’s input on our matters. We want to see involvement and we want partners.

SB: How would your friends and family describe you to someone who doesn’t know you?

They think that I’m very talkative. My kids will tell you I can start up a conversation with a stranger in the grocery store like I’ve known them all my life.

SB: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I’m a very active member of Mt. Canaan Baptist Church. I volunteer for VBS. I’m on the usher ministry and I love being involved in the community events my church helps out in.

SB: What are you most proud of so far in your life?

My new position at CCOA is a great accomplishment. I want to be a great example for my two girls, Terica and Jazmine. I want them to know that it’s important to be proud of whatever it is they choose to do. I’m also so proud to say that I’ve been married to my husband, Terry, for 24 years now.