For I was lonely and you visited me... (New Testament of Matthew)
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!
You usually bring me groceries one week prior to me recieving my SSI bank deposit. That means good meals for that last week. Thank you. God Bless Your Organization and all of your outreach programs.
KH, Senior Grocery Program
"...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 received. Thank you seems small, but we sincerely thank you from the bottoms of our hearts.
The compassion shown by your company 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.
The Senior Grocery Program delivered 2,442 bags to seniors in our community in 2019.
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.