Testimonials from a
“All my married life, I did everything and made all of the plans. I am a very independent person. I moved in here with eyesight, so this [losing her vision] was such a let down. I am overwhelmed. I am still really sharp with my memory. With the condition I am in, the volunteer is really helping me. Without my eyesight, I am down enough. I wouldn’t want to go out shopping. I need somebody. It’s worth it for me to go with her. I wheel the carriage and ask what aisle we are in. This is just remarkable and never knew it existed until I lost my eyesight. It really is a benefit. She could move in with me, that is how much I think of her. She is so caring; we can’t understand this. Just can’t beat the service. People are volunteers here. That’s the bottom line. Is this remarkable or what? I just love her.”
“To me, I get more out of it than the person I am doing the service for. I look forward to doing it every week. It’s a self-esteem booster; it makes me feel so good about myself. It is a pleasure for me to do it. You have to experience volunteering to feel what we feel from doing it. When I volunteered to take one of the ladies and got so close to her, I told Paula I was going to adopt her as my family.”
Friendly Visitor (Adopt-A-Grandparent) Program
Some elderly Bloomfield and Glen Rigde residents have little to no human contact. Others are struggling to stay independent as they age or deal with disabilities. Friendly visitors provide companionship and a listening ear to homebound elderly residents who lack the support of family and friends. Friendly visitors are not obligated to, but are welcome to assist with grocery shopping, errands, minor home care, errands, etc.
The goal of the Friendly Visitor program is to connect each volunteer to a senior who they can develop a meaningful relationship with.