A Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Dixon Family Services and I recently lost a very good friend, volunteer and long-time supporter, Ben Romero.  I attended his services and the funeral home was packed with many friends, family and fellow members of the Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.  The evening Rosary and service went overtime because so many people got up to share their memories of Ben and the reasons they all loved him so much.  Lightheartedly several pointed out that Ben would have been upset because he was always adamant about starting a meeting on time and ending on time.  This I witnessed myself for the years he took the lead role of the Advocates for Dixon Seniors and coordination of the annual Senior Resource Fair.

The next morning’s Mass was also highly attended by people who knew and loved Ben.  Hearing everyone’s fond memories and comments about Ben, I realized that all of his attributes that I admired were many of the other people’s reasons for their love and respect of the man.  I remember Ben saying “Work Smarter, Not Harder”, “Why pay someone to do what you’re capable of doing yourself” and to “Always behave and do your work as if someone is watching, because someone is, God sees all.”

Ben was such a smart man and a Jack of All Trades.  For this reason, when recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Dixon Chamber of Commerce he became known as the “Man of Many Hats.”  No matter what the situation may be, Ben was always the first one to step up and ask what he could do to help.

Ben was a mentor to me as well as many others during his lifetime, always happy to teach his self-taught skills to others, a model of professionalism, high ethics and positivity.  I never met another person that could see any situation for the silver linings as he could.  Ben was very encouraging to me when I needed it most.  Among many other wonderful acts of kindness, Ben helped my children and I through the adult catechism RCIA Program and then sponsored my son as he was confirmed into the Catholic Church.

I have many fond memories of Ben and I take comfort in knowing that he will not be forgotten.  He made a lasting impression on everyone in his family and circle of friends.

In a final act of kindness and show of support for Dixon Family Services, Ben strongly suggested that he preferred people make donations to our organization rather than buy flowers for his funeral.  Many people did as he asked and I know that would make him very happy.  He is up in Heaven smiling down on us all and I am sure that he is one of God’s best helpers.

Ben Romero will be missed by his loved ones and many people who were lucky enough to know him, and that includes me and my family.  Rest in Peace My Friend!

Sincerely, Cookie Powell

Collaboration to Assess Needs of Senior Citizens in Dixon/Vacaville

Solano Public Health, Area Agency on Aging, Dixon Family Services and Vacaville Family Resource Center Collaborate to Assess Needs of Senior Citizens in Dixon/Vacaville

Dixon Family Services is hosting a 90 minute Focus Group Discussion facilitated by Solano County Public Health and The Area Agency on Aging for Napa/Solano.  The purpose is to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment for seniors in the Dixon and Vacaville area.

The meeting will be held in the large meeting room at the back of Dixon Family Services on Tuesday, June 25 at 2PM.  This meeting is open to the public.  We do appreciate an RSVP if you can.  Feel free to let others know about the meeting.

In this particular meeting there is a focus on Spanish-speaking Latino seniors, to hear from them about their needs and other subjects related to being a Senior Citizen in Solano County.

With any questions about the focus group call Tara at Solano Public Health at (707) 784-8605.  You can also call Dixon Family Services at (707) 678-0442 if you want to make sure you have a seat at the table.

Refreshments will be served.


? Es usted una persona mayor?  Queremos escuchar de usted.

Acompάñanos para discutir los problemas que enfrentan las personas mayores y lo que podemos hacer para ayudarlos a estar saludable.

Martes, 25 de Junio, 2019, 2PM – 3:30PM

Dixon Family Services, 155 North 2nd Street, Dixon

Se servirάn refrescos

? Preguntas?  Llame a Tara, Salud Pύblica de Solano, al (707) 784-8605