ELDERLY SERVICES INC. Executive Director Joanne Corbett, left, will step down from her position this spring after 33 years at the helm of the Middlebury nonprofit. She will be succeeded by Assistant Director Kristin Bolton, right. Corbett will continue to serve ESI as a part-time social worker. Independent photo/John Flowers

By John Flowers
for the Addison Independent

MIDDLEBURY — Like its beloved golden-aged patrons, Elderly Services Inc. (ESI) has witnessed and experienced a lot of changes since birth.

The much-revered nonprofit was launched in 1981 to offer basic daycare services to seniors in one big room in the Middlebury United Methodist Church basement.

ESI now delivers comprehensive counseling, educational programming, entertainment and daycare to around 80 elders at its own spacious and modern Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elderly Services at 112 Exchange St.

Still, one thing has remained constant at ESI during the past 33 years: The able stewardship of Executive Director Joanne Corbett.

But just as a book moves its storyline through chapters, ESI will begin another one this spring with a new executive director — Kristin Bolton.

It’s a new era that will continue to include Corbett, this time in a new capacity: As a part-time social worker providing direct care to a demographic she’s now joined. At age 70, Corbett is ready for the professional transition, a gig she’d like to see last for the next 10 years.

Then it’s on to the next chapter — most likely as an Elderly Services client.

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