The distribution of meals for the elderly during weekends continued with the help of our volunteers. Some of them came with their children to teach them about taking care of those in need. One of our volunteers came with one of her sons and said: "I learned about service with my mother who used to help others in need and took me with her when I was a girl. We walked long distances to bring breakfast to the sick or elderly, helped with their personal hygiene, prepare lunch for them, washed their clothes, among other things. My mother did it because she cared for others, it was a voluntary work. We need to help each other. That's the reason I teach my children in the same way my mother taught me." Photo#1 is the volunteer with her son and participant.
In January 2016 we also had the opportunity to help an elderly who lived with his sick brother and had lost most of their belongings due to a fire in their home. We provided them with emergeny groceries like rice, beans, cereals, juice, sausages, crackers, applesauce and some clothing. Photos #2 & 3. They were very grateful for what they got from Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza who helped them in a critical situation.
During this period the Case Manager took some of our participants to different appointments in our official vehicle. Those participants didn't have anyone who can take them or were without transportation. One (1) was taken to APS (mental health appointment), one (1) to a TANF renovation (economical help), two (2) to PAN renovation (food coupons) and three (3) to Medicaid renovation. Thanks to the transportation provided the participants didn't lose their benefits. Photo# 4 shows one of them going to his appointment.
We are very grateful for our donors for their support. Our goal is to continue and improve our services for the benefit of the elderly community.
One of Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza main objectives is to provide nutritional meals to our elderly participants as their income is low. This means that usually they don’t have enough money to buy the food that will provide them a balanced diet. The meals distributed by our organization to the elderly homes are prepared locally in our kitchen. The delivery is made by volunteers every weekend. The menus are different each week and we receive feedback from the elders.
As a non-profit organization volunteers are very important to us. Being a volunteer provides a way to get related to our community problems. To be able to help them in any way is a benefit for the one who receives the service and a wonderful satisfaction to the one who provides it.
During this period, Idalia Acevedo, Executive Director, went to the University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla site, to make a presentation of our services to the students. The purpose was to motivate them to participate in our volunteer program. The students were from the Social Department and this was an opportunity for them to get related to our elderly community situation. They organized an activity to provide some food and basic need articles.
About 20 students and a professor participated in the actitivy. They integrated the university mascot, (a student dressed as a shark) and the elders enjoyed it a lot, they were all smiles. The activity was a great experience for all.
We appreciate all our donors which make possible that our services can impact our elderly community.
Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza continue providing a meal to the elders during the weekends. Volunteers distribute lunch to all of our participants in their homes so they can improve their nutritional needs. During the last three (3) months a total of 1,154 dishes were delivered.
Additional services were provided. The Elder's Coordinator visited our participants to follow up in their needs and for assistance. Some of the elders need transportation for medical appointments because they don't have someone who can take them to a doctor or because a lack of transportation. Others must visit a government agency but don't understand the procedures and we take them to the agencies and help them in the process. Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza provide such services in our official vehicles. The agencies visited and the number of participants were: mental health services (4), medical appointments and medicines (3), food coupons office (4), to renew health cards (3).
We also provided glucose strips and lancets to five (5) elders with diabetes. Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza identified five (5) elders that need some clothing and we were able to provide it. The Coordinator also visited one participant who was hospitalized.
We were able to take our two official vehicles to maintenance. A mechanical problem was identified in the gray one. Maintenance is very important to deliver the meals and provide assistance to the participants. The vehicles must be a safety one for the participants, employees and volunteers.
All these achievements were able thanks to our donors.