Patty Bennett dedicated her professional career to improving access to legal services for those in need. On June 10th, Bennett, Program Coordinator with Uncompahgre Volunteer Legal Aid (UVLA), received the “Above and Beyond” award during a ceremony at Region 10’s office in Montrose. Inscribed with the phrase “legal with love”, this award was given by Region 10 in recognition for Bennett’s dedication to the legal services for 28 years.

“’Legal with love’ is an accurate description of the way Patty has always done this important work for our region,” states Eva Veitch, Region 10’s Community Living Services Director.

UVLA currently provides legal support to over 300 older adults each year through the Older Americans Act program. The mission of UVLA is to supply low-income, older adults with meaningful access to high quality legal advice, mediation, negotiation, and representation. In addition to legal services, UVLA offers free monthly legal seminars.

“Patty has been instrumental in recruiting dozens of area attorneys to provide pro bono services to older adults throughout Region 10,” Veitch continues. “Region 10 Community Living Services is proud to give this well-deserved special recognition to Patty and UVLA.”

Bennett and her many legal partners provide a wide range of legal services in the areas of family law, housing rights, public benefits, consumer issues, elder law and health insurance.

“I am honored to receive the ‘Above and Beyond’ award,” Bennett comments. “The support of Region 10, our legal partners, and the wonderful people we serve is thanks enough, but being recognized for these efforts is a wonderful thing.”

On July 1st, Bennett will step down from her position at UVLA; Valarie Dickson will take over Bennett’s role. For more information about UVLA, please contact Dickson at (970) 249-7202.