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.
The last donation received was very useful. We were able to pay the gasoline for the two offical vehicles used for the meal distribution to the elderly. We also bought a variety of food: meat, rice, beans, vegetables, salt, oil, vinager, etc. This allowed us to provide the elderly over 60 years old of a balance meal during weekends. Most of our participants receive food coupons of aproximately $112 monthly and others a minimum amount from the Social Security. Due to this low income the variety of their meals is limited. We briefly interviewed some participants to get their inputs regarding the food program.
Participant#1 who has asthma and her son Participant# 2 who has diabetes and high blood pressure live together and are in the program since two years ago. They told us: "With our low income we have to pay for our medicines and food among other expenses. The meal program has lowered our expenses a little, otherwise we couldn't affort them all. We are very happy with the service."
Participant# 3 said: "I've been a participant since last year and I like the food a lot. My menu was very limited and now I've been able to have a variet menu, a well balance meal."
Participant# 4 told us: "I live alone and receive food coupons, used to cook a little, mostly can food. The service I receive from the program is very good."
We are pleased to know that thanks to our efforts and the donors help we are able to provide the elderly some of their needs.
The Elder's Food Program continue with the food distribution during weekends to our participants living in San Antonio and nearby areas. Thanks to the latest contribution received we bought meat, rice, vegetables, beans, cook oil, potatoes, food containers and utensils for the month of December. The regular menu consist of rice and beans, meat prepared in different ways and vegetables. For the Christmas holidays we prepare our typical menu of rice with green peas, rosted pork or turkey, potato salad and "pastel" which is a dish prepared with mashed platain stuffed with small pieces of meat, potato, sweet red pepper and olives. During December we will be distributing approximately 600 meals. In the attached photo you can see the groceries and two of our employees, Xiomara and Edwin, who purchase them and keep the wholesale inventory.
The elderly program provides them a health service at their homes besides the lunch distribution on weekends and holidays. A nurse evaluate the elders prior to start being a participant to determine their health conditions. Once he/she joins the program the nurse continue with follow up visits by priority as they are many participants. Most of them have health conditions: diabetes, heart diseases, high blood pressure or skin ulcers. The nurse refers the participant to a doctor if necessary. She also share prevention information with the patient and relatives. This service have been very effective as the participants health had become more stable, and chronic diseases and hospitalizations had decreased.
Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza has two official vehicles. One of them had some problems and went to the mechanic. The shock absorbers and brakes were changed. This is very important for the security of the drivers, volunteers and participants. Also the vehicle is used to deliver the meals to elders, visit them regarding their health follow up and to update their records. Other things we do in this vehicle is to buy the food for the pantry and to visit different agencies related to our services which in some cases are not near our office. We thank the donors for their support.
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