The GRACE Friends & Family Program aims to make the lives of seniors and disabled clients more enjoyable. From commodity deliveries to friendly visits, there is a volunteer opportunity for everyone at GRACE and local seniors need you…

seniorAs the population ages and more people are living alone, social isolation amongst older people is emerging as one of the major issues facing the industrialized world because of the adverse impact it can have on health and wellbeing (Cambridge University Press 2003). Loss of mobility, health, independence and even family members inhibits seniors’ ability to “get out and about” and socialize.

In 2010, the AARP conducted a National Survey of adults 45+ regarding loneliness. They found that loneliness was a significant predictor of poor health and that a little over one-third (35% of 3,012 adults age 45+) were categorized as lonely.

The GRACE Friends & Family Program seeks to bridge the gap between isolation and aging, but they need the help of volunteers to do so. Do you have a heart for the elderly? Take advantage of the opportunity to be matched with a senior or disabled client in our community. Assistance includes:

  • Deliver prepared bags of groceries to a route of clients the third Wednesday of every month
  • Become a “friendly visitor” – call them to chat or stop by their home for a cup of coffee
  • Provide transportation, run errands, and light housekeeping
  • Provide maintenance, yard work, moving services (as needed)

holding_hands-1418The seniors and the disabled that participate in this program cherish the people who give their time to make their lives a little easier. Here’s a letter to one of our GRACE staff members from a client who is currently in GRACE’s Friends & Family commodities route and received assistance through the GRACE Christmas Cottage this past year:

“I wanted to write a “thank you” note to say how grateful I am for GRACE. You have been a great blessing in my life. The help I receive from GRACE is very much appreciated. I also want to thank you for the volunteers who gave us a wonderful Christmas. It gave me so much joy and appreciation in my heart. I haven’t had a Christmas for me and my daughter in over four years. To receive the gifts was so exciting and very much needed. I am humbled to have been blessed. Also, thank you for the food. I appreciate the food and clothing very much.”

Your acts of kindness go a long way in making a real difference in someone’s life. Please contact Friends & Family Coordinator Maryann Waddell at mwaddell@gracegrapevine.org if you’d like to get involved.

 

More information on the facts behind senior hunger can be found here.