Compassion, listening, and presence are three hallmarks of a Caring Connection relationship. Trained adult volunteers, age 55+, are matched with an elder in the community to provide friendship and support through regular one-to-one visits (generally two to four times a month for about an hour). A Caring Connection can be a special gift during times of transition, loss or social isolation. Most Caring Connection relationships last from several months to years. The care receiver and volunteer determine how they will spend their visit time. Often the relationship becomes a mutual gift.
Caring Connection is made possible in part under the federal Older Americans Act through an award from the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. under an area plan approved by the Minnesota Board on Aging.
If you’d like to “open the door” to this experience, contact Joyce Kolbet at (507) 386-5583.
Click below to learn more about volunteering for Caring Connections and VINE.
Sue is a super nice person and for every story I’ve got about ‘way back when,’ Sue’s got one to share too.
I definitely receive more from Don than what I think I give him. When I leave I have a smile on my face and in my heart.
Donations are greatly appreciated to help organize Caring Connections at VINE.