Friday, May 14, 2010

Volunteers Help Shut-Ins

Phoning Elderly and Lonely (PEAL) is an initiative of our Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) that links volunteers who are eager to provide friendly phone calls with others who are isolated in their homes.

“Usually those who are being called are shut-ins and are unable to get out because of illness or disability,” says Barbara Wiederecht, RSVP Program Director. “But sometimes the caller is also a shut-in and is glad to make calls to others who are isolated and lonely. PEAL benefits people on both sides.”

PEAL is currently seeking both volunteers to make calls and people who would like to receive a regular phone call. For information, call Barbara at 201-489-9333.

Here is a success story from the program:

Dorothy, a PEAL client in Elmwood Park, recently sent us an email about her caller, Pat:

Whenever she calls it is a gift from God. She is the most wonderful listener and has such grace that I know Pat was chosen to be here for me. She is the most delightful and sincere person ever – she makes my life so lovely.

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