People Inc’s Senior Companion Program Honors 100-Year-Old Role Model

People Inc.’s Senior Companion program recently honored Prince Whitstone, whom they call Mr. Prince, with a surprise celebration of aging for his 100th birthday. Whitstone began volunteering at People Inc. 23 years ago, hoping to remain active and give back during his retirement. Whitstone continues to show up from 9 am to 1 pm four days a week for what he refers to as his job at People Inc.’s Delaware location, offering socialization, conversation, and housekeeping assistance.

“I have to keep moving. It keeps me out of trouble,” says Whitstone. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Whitstone worked at Acme Steel for 29 years, and at National Gypsum for 10 years. During that time, he also worked as a barber.

Alissa Yax, Senior Companion Program Coordinator, describes Whitstone as extremely independent, saying, “He is a great volunteer, and full of energy. When asked if he needs help, he politely declines. He is a role model for other volunteers, and everyone appreciates him.”

“We are grateful for Mr. Prince and his incredible dedication to People Inc.,” says Anne McCaffrey, People Inc. president and CEO. “He is an example of the strides people can make at any age when they have a purpose and others around them who care. That is true for both our volunteers, and the people supported through the Senior Companion program.”

People Inc.’s Senior Companion Program assists older adults with daily living tasks to help them retain their dignity and independence. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. They assist with errands, companionship, interfacing with families and physicians, and providing respite for caregivers. Learn more at, or call 716-768-2381.