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Niwot High grad launches companion care program Mon Ami


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Mary Gillett and Mary Crawford at knitting club.

In 2018, Mary Gillett graduated from Niwot High School and headed west for Stanford University. During her first year, she joined a local volunteer program called “Mon Ami” that pairs senior citizens with college-aged companions.

Started by two Stanford graduates, Mon Ami - meaning “my friend” in French - places activity companions with isolated and lonely seniors to provide social engagement that the seniors may currently be lacking. Gillett was paired with a woman named Doris in the spring of 2019 and immediately knew the program was a great fit. She spent the next months getting...

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