Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza, Inc

To offer services that help an underprivileged community acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the social, economic and educational areas by serving as a liaison between the community and private and government agencies.
Dec 9, 2014

Healthy Food for the Elderly

Groceries
Groceries

Our goal is to maintain the elderly health and one way is to provide them a balanced meal.  We continued with our regular meal distribution in the homes of our participants.  A Case Manager visits the participants on a regular basis to verify their needs.  She identified eight (8) participants that are in a very critical situation.  For those we prepared some groceries so they could cook some meals on their own which was in addition to the weekend meals.  The goods were:  oatflour,  pancakes flour, evaporated milk, rice, beans, sausages, sardines can, vegetables, chicken noodle soup, macaroni and cheese, mashpotato mix, applesauce, fruit cocktail dessert.  These goods are easy to prepare as some elders do not have the skills to cook complicated meals.  They can prepare these groceries during weekdays as they need, so they can be nourished in the days that we do not distribute the meals.  The participants were happy and said:  "We are grateful because we were short on groceries as our low income and food stamps are not enough for the month." 

We also have one handicapped participant that has only one leg.  She had a old portable toilet that was on a very bad condition.  She cannot use the bathroom during the night.  Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza was able to provide a new portable toilet.  She said:  "Thank you a lot, I really need it and couldn't affort to buy a new one."  Her husband is also an elderly participant.

One of the participants who received groceries
One of the participants who received groceries
Participant who received portatil toilet
Participant who received portatil toilet
Sep 9, 2014

Meal on wheels for the elderly

Volunteer with participant
Volunteer with participant

The meal on wheels for the elderly provide services for those with low income, are living alone or have chronic diseases.  We have two official vehicles to deliver the meals to their homes during the weekends.  There are two routes and volunteers deliver the meals every week.  Each route take one and a half hours (1 1/2 hr) to deliver the meals.  Volunteers use the vehicles which require regular maintenance in order to ensure a secure travel.  During this period, two tires on one of the vehicles had to be replaced.

One of our volunteers works for a private company (see photo).  She expressed the following regarding her experience:  "I have been worked like a volunteer for "Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza" more than two (2) years but every time when I do the meal distribution, it is amazing feeling to see smiling faces of all people, even they suffer with pain, and to hear from them "Dios te bendiga" (God bless you).  Thanks for the opportunity to work with you and to help the elder people."

Thanks to the donations received, we were able to get the tires for the vehicle (see photo) and buy more food so the elderly can receive the meals on time.  We are always looking for healthy and balanced food for our participants. The meals help them to improve their health conditions.

Official vehicle with new tires
Official vehicle with new tires
Jun 10, 2014

Basic Need Items for the Elderly

Participant# 1-"I
Participant# 1-"I'm very happy with these items".

The participants income are basically from the Social Security or other governmental aid for food so they don't have enough money to buy articles for their basic needs.   For this reason they frequently need items like:  soap, shampoo, deodorant, tooth brush, tooth paste, towels, blue paths, disposable diapers and hand sanitizer.  For those who has diabetes we give them alcohol, gauze sponges and insulin syringes.  As their income is very low they usually do not buy their medication and this impacts their health.  In some cases we gave them clothes, shoes, pijamas and/or slippers for those who are going to be hospitalized.  Our organization helps them because of their economic limitation. As soon as we identify their needs we prepare a small kit for distribution.  We are grateful to our donors who support our elderly program and who  help us to continue providing our services.

 Participant# 1 - He lives with his brother and both are participants, they need help with personal hygiene.  When he received his basic need kit he said:  "I'm very happy with these items."  He got shampoo, soap, deodorant, shaving foam, tooth paste and brush. 

Participant# 2 -  He is a blind person who lives with his brother and said "Appreciate these items".  His kit contains shaving foam, tooth paste, alcohol pads and soap.

Participant# 3 -  "Just  what I need, I was getting short of these items and don't have enough money to buy them this week" was the expression of this participant who lives alone. 

Besides the basic need items kit distribution we continue with the meal distribution during the weekends and the nurse realizes regular visits to follow up the participants health.

Participant#2- "Appreciate these items".
Participant#2- "Appreciate these items".
Participant#3-  "Just what I need."
Participant#3- "Just what I need."

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