Lion Nancee DeVogel (left) is presented the Melvin Jones award by Rockford Lions President Jan Strauss (right).

Lion Nancee DeVogel (left) is presented the Melvin Jones award by Rockford Lions President Jan Strauss (right).

At a recent Rockford Lions Club meeting, Lion Nancee DeVogel was presented with the highest form of recognition by the Lions Clubs’ International Foundation. Receiving a plaque reading, “For Dedicated Humanitarian Service,” DeVogel was named a Melvin Jones Fellow for her service to her club, her Lions district and especially for her work with the Welcome Homes project serving the needs of the blind.

Welcome Homes, a project of the Michigan Lions Clubs, originated in Grand Rapids as a home haven for the elderly blind. DeVogel, an employee and a Lion, serves Welcome Homes as their liaison to the state organization. Recognizing that need had outgrown their facility, the Lions-with DeVogel spearheading the program-have expanded this service to include the normal retirement home through the training of staff to meet the specialized needs of the blind. Now, eight retirement homes are trained and capable of accepting blind guests with more homes on the way.

For more information on Welcome Homes or the Rockford Lions Club, call (616) 866-4193.

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