For I was lonely and you visited me... (New Testament of Matthew)
The Elder Services program at Good News Outreach serves senior citizens who live at home. Our services include spiritual companionship, checking in via phone calls, material goods such as food, and help with practical needs. Kindness, personified by our tireless volunteers, taps on the front doors of our elders and delivers a sense of friendship and hope through regular visits. If a personal visit is not practical or necessary, volunteers are just a phone call away, as they touch base through the phone pal program.
We want to thank our friends at Good Shepherd Catholic Church for their special Christmas presents for our senior clients, and for the Christmas Dinner Boxes they supplied to 150 of the clients on our delivery routes. Both programs take a lot of loving work from the Good Shepherd Volunteers, and we appreciate their support.
"...The residents were so appreciative! We had many calls and many residents came to our office thanking us for the wonderful gifts along with the food items that they recieved. Thank you seems small, but we sincerely thank you from the bottoms of our hearts.
The compassions shown by you rcompany each year is an inspiration to us all..."
Willa Denard, Activity Director, Bethel Towers, A Senior Independent Living Facility
Although each senior client is unique, they do often share typical concerns. Many struggle financially; many have few or no friends or family who remain involved in their daily lives; and many languish on waiting lists for other social service programs. The hug, handshake, or phone call to say hello, along with an attentive ear, and compassionate smile offered by devoted volunteers goes a long way toward addressing the most pressing need that many have: social interaction and friendship.
In turn, Good News Outreach volunteers develop friendships, create memories, and enjoy the benefits of living a life that includes service to others. Taking a moment to assist with small tasks or chores while chatting about grandchildren or current events can make a world of difference to a senior who struggles with the challenges of aging in our society.
How to Report Elder Abuse
If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse, please report it to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). Many seniors suffer in silence with only 1 in 14 cases of abuse being reported to the police. Advocates are available 24 hours a day, waiting to help anyone who is dealing with abuse, mistreatment, or neglect.