Senior Companions Program of South Dakota


Sponsored by the Good Samaritan Society  

28th Annual Benefit Concert and Raffle

Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m.
Good Samaritan Society National Campus, Great Room of the Jerstad Center (4800 W. 57th St., Sioux Falls)

The Senior Companion Program is happy to announce that the Beverly Gibson Duo will be performing at this year’s benefit concert and raffle! They will be performing a selection of jazz and show tunes from the Great American Songbook. Beverly Gibson is a clarinet professor at Northwestern College, Orange City, IA and Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA, as well as the chamber music instructor for the Dakota Academy of Performing Art at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. She is the bass clarinetist with the SD Symphony Orchestra and principal clarinetist with the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra. Read more


Senior Companions of South Dakota is a volunteer program that provides in-home assistance and respite care to the elderly and disabled in more than 50 communities across South Dakota. The program has been called one of South Dakota's most positive senior programs. It allows low income, healthy volunteers an opportunity to provide companionship and in-home assistance to those who need help to live independently.

Senior Companion activities might include companionship through visits, transportation, meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping, playing cards, reminiscing or just enjoying the friendship of a peer. Senior Companion volunteers receive an hourly stipend, mileage reimbursement, meal allowances and other benefits. These benefits do not reduce any governmental assistance and are not taxable.

The Senior Companion is valuable in the care and support of our clients, especially in our rural communities. There is no charge for our services to the client or a client's famiy. Clients report that Senior Companions help prevent or delay long-term care placement, increase the client’s ability to live alone, reduce loneliness and isolation, and reduce stress levels.

Senior Companion Program by the numbers... in 2012: 

125 Senior Companion served clients statewide
541 clients served
70,215 hours of care given to clients
169,363 miles driven by Companions to reach their clients.
82,882 miles driven by Companions providing transportation needs to their clients
71 percent of the clients served stayed in their homes six months or longer—promoting the purpose of the Program to provide services to adults who need some assistance to maintain their highest degree of independent living