December 2, 2011 > Man to Man, LIFE ElderCare Needs You!
Man to Man, LIFE ElderCare Needs You!
Submitted By Mary Anderson
Friendship is a social bond that makes living more enjoyable. Friends help each other through life's journey and serve as personal and community sources of connection. The development of close ties of friendship can ease the sense of isolation, particularly for homebound seniors.
LIFE ElderCare knows a lot about the importance of friendship in the lives of older, lonely adults. Since 1985, the organization has been bringing people in the community together through its Friendly Visitor program. There are currently 140 volunteers making weekly visits to people, age 60 and older, in Fremont, Newark and Union City. But the need for volunteers is always greater than the demand.
There are currently ten men in the program who have been waiting a long time for someone to stop by for a little conversation, a card game or a walk around the neighborhood. Here are three of them:
TERRY, 72, was born and raised in Ohio and current lives in Fremont. He is alert, talkative, pleasant and eager for a new friend. He worked for 30 years installing mainframe computers for various industries and has traveled extensively in Europe, French Morocco, the Belgian Congo and 40 states. He also served as a Boy Scout leader for 30 years. Terry has led a full life and has some great stories to tell.
LEWIS, 96, lives in Fremont. He is alert, friendly and quite adept at many skills - electronics, keyboard and organ. He worked for 50 years in advertising. His wife of many years passed away in 2005 and he misses her very much. Lewis has had many adventures and would like to share them with a new friend.
JOSE, 63, lives in Union City and speaks English and Spanish. He was born and raised in the Canal Zone. He worked 30 years as journeyman carpenter and layout expert. Due to diabetes his mobility is limited to using a cane, walker and power chair. Jose is interested in finding a new friend for socialization, brief walks and outings for lunch and shopping.
If you have two hours a week to visit a person who would love the gift of your friendship, please contact Bernie Thien at 510-574-2097 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. At the current time our greatest need is for male volunteers.