Founded by Brenda Reece in 2006, High Country Caregivers Foundation quickly became a model program for strengthening the quality of life for older citizens and their families through partnerships with government agencies, other nonprofit community agencies, private enterprise, and academic resources.
The High Country Caregiver Foundation began working to help the High Country Area Agency on Aging fulfill the mandates of the federal Older Americans Act of 1965.
In September of 2018, the High Country Caregivers Board of Directors, along with the local Area Agency on Aging, recognized the need for the High Country Caregiver Foundation to become a true standalone non-profit organization. The High Country Caregiver Foundation had grown into the leading resource for grandparents raising grandchildren in the High Country.
Both parties in agreement, High Country Caregivers Foundation became simply High Country Caregivers — the board of directors seeing the founders vision to be a true standalone, non-profit organization come to fruition.
In February of 2019, Brenda was able to realize another lifelong dream: moving to the beach full time. In May of 2019, High Country Caregivers hired Jacob Willis as the Executive Director. Jacob came to High Country Caregivers with 20 years of experience working with and leading nonprofits.
High Country Caregivers continues to take the lead role in the High Country for coordinating and advocating for the development of a comprehensive community based service to meet the needs of the region’s caregivers, and to respond to issues confronting the rapidly growing older population and their families.