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We are excited to share the heartwarming stories that have emerged from our Connect Program, a beacon of light for isolated older adults in our community. The positive impact of this initiative is evident in the feedback we've received from both clients and volunteers, highlighting the profound connections and companionship being fostered.

One inspiring story comes from a volunteer whose matched client is battling dementia. Despite the challenges, the pair has found joy in exploring memories together. From looking at cherished photos to exploring a collection of figurines, including beloved unicorns and dragons, they have formed a special bond. Singing old tunes like "Meet Me in St. Louis" has become a cherished activity, bringing smiles and creating cheerful moments.

For many of our Meals on Wheels clients, solitude is a constant companion. Approximately 60% of them spend an average of 10 hours a day alone. The Connect Program plays a crucial role in offering a trusted confidant to talk to. For those navigating the difficult path of grief, having a sympathetic and attentive companion is invaluable. A recent widow expressed gratitude for her friendly visitor, noting a "sense of relief" after each visit. The volunteer, in turn, finds purpose in offering comfort and even helps with her client's furry companion.

The impact of regular interaction with a friendly visitor is transformative. It goes beyond mere companionship; it lifts the spirits of socially isolated older adults, providing them with a sense of connection and purpose.

How Can You Make a Difference?

If you possess good listening skills, patience, and a caring and friendly demeanor, we invite you to consider becoming a friendly visitor or caller for the Connect Program. Your commitment can create smiles, alleviate loneliness, and make a lasting impact on the lives of older adults in our community.

Visit SpectrumCS.org or scan the QR code to find out more information and be a part of this incredible initiative. Together, let's continue building bridges and creating smiles for our beloved seniors.

If you know of an isolated senior in need of companionship, please connect them with at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 510-916-1378