Caring Hearts, our parish group of Interfaith Caregivers, provides a vital link between the frail elderly and disabled and the parish community, and serves as a very real example of the "time and talent" our parishioners are willing to devote as basic tenets of our faith to those less fortunate or unable to care for themselves without much needed assistance. You don't need medical expertise to volunteer for this ministry, as the Caring Hearts volunteers provide non-medical services, such as visiting, transportation, shopping, reassurance calls, and chores to our homebound elderly and disabled neighbors.
...An 83-year-old widow who no longer drives needs someone to pick up a few groceries for her once a week. She worries that without this help she might not be able to live on her own.
...A polio patient who walks with a brace was relying on her neighbor to carry her trash out each week, but he will be away for 3 months this winter and she needs help while he's gone.
...A retired gentleman is unable to keep up with all the small repair jobs needed around his house. His hands no longer have the strength they once had and his vision is failing.
...A working woman in her forties is caring for her elderly mother and also for her two young children. A weekly visitor who could stay with Grandmother for two hours would give Mother some special time with her children.
Sometimes help with a small task or just a little companionship can make a world of difference to someone who is temporarily or permanently homebound. Interfaith Caregivers is a group of religious congregations working together to help elderly, disabled, and chronically ill people remain in their homes and stay as independent as possible.
If you would like more information on joining this satisfying ministry, either as a caregiver or a care receiver, contact Anne Kantor at 586-6956.