Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico

by Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza, Inc
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Mother's day present
Mother's day present

The elderly has been receiving meals during the weekends thanks to our volunteer who distributes a lunch at the elderly homes.  We are very aware on how a balanced meal avoids malnutrition and other health problems.  Our organization prepares different menus for each day. Nutritional meals improves their energy, their quality of life of them. 

On May 8, 2016 was Mother's Day and  22 participants received a present bag which included a towel, a soap, a robe, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, tooth paste and brush.  They were very happy to receive it besides the meal.  Some of the participants said that it was the first present they received early that day.  We were happy to share a something  that shows that we care.

The Case Manager drove three (3) participants to medical appointments.  This service is provided to those who do not have someone to take them to the appoitment or because of the lack of transportation.  The Case Manager also went to some government offices to help seven (7) participants in the process related to the food coupons and health plan documentation.  

One of our male participant celebrate his birthday during this period.  A small present was given to him which included some basic necessities (towel, body wash, shaving foam and razors).

We appreciate a lot the support of our donors who can make possible that we continue providing these services.

Participant receiving present
Participant receiving present
Participant with surprise present
Participant with surprise present
Participant, meal and a present
Participant, meal and a present
Participant at medical appointment
Participant at medical appointment
Participant with birthday present
Participant with birthday present
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Participant with volunteer and her son
Participant with volunteer and her son

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. 

Emergency groceries
Emergency groceries
Elderly who received emergency groceries
Elderly who received emergency groceries
Participant & Case Manager going to appointment
Participant & Case Manager going to appointment
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Meals are prepared in our kitchen
Meals are prepared in our kitchen

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.

Meals distributed by volunteers
Meals distributed by volunteers
Student with basic need articles
Student with basic need articles
Sharky, the mascot, with elder
Sharky, the mascot, with elder
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Participant who received our services.
Participant who received our services.

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.

Our official vehicles
Our official vehicles
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Participant # 1 received emergency groceries.
Participant # 1 received emergency groceries.

Our participant's nutritional needs are different because of their health and economic situation.  All of their income are from food coupons.  We have a couple who are both participants of Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza.  The husband had a critical health problem and was hospitalized twice for more than a week and in the same month.  He had a stomach condition among other ones.  His wife, 81 year old, with other health conditions was at home very worried.  Because of this situation our organization provided her (Participant #1) with emergency groceries necessary for her husband condition.   She got milk, ingredients to prepare soups, juices, desserts and breakfast ingredients.  We also provided medicines that were not covered by her husband medical plan.  The Case Coordinator took him to the medical   follow up appointments and the nurse visited him during his recovery.

The couple was very grateful for the assistance that Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza provided during this critical time in their lives.

We are distributing about 390 to 400 meals during Saturdays and Sundays at the participant's homes.  A youngster and his mother, both volunteers, were with this task last month.  Participant #2 who is handicapped, received a stew (rice and meat).    

Constant visits to a group of participants that because of their age and health required additional follow up.  They had the following conditions:  diabetes, dialysis patients, heart conditions and high blood pressure.  Visits had been made to different offices to coordinate services as part of the elderly services follow up.  The official vehicles were used to provide all services.

Participant # 2 with youngster volunteer.
Participant # 2 with youngster volunteer.
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Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza, Inc

Location: San Antonio, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico
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Xiomara Méndez-Ruiz
San Antonio, Puerto Rico
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