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
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
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
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.
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Participant being helped at home before surgery.
Participant being helped at home before surgery.

One of our male paticipants is 82 years old, very poor and do not have relatives.  When he was collecting empty cans near the street a car hit him and had a fracture in his left knee.  Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza helped him with the ACAA (gubernmental office who is in charge of managing car accident insurance cases).  We were able to get him medical appointments and transportation in our official vehicle to Mayaguez which is 21 miles away from our town.  He needed a knee surgery and we provided the transportation to the surgery and the post-surgery appointments.  The whole process went from January to February 2015.  The participant is at home, doing well and we continue providing follow up during his recovery.

We continue with the meal distribution during the Saturday's and Sunday's actually to 45 participants.  The nurse visits them regularly to verify their health status. 

The volunteers are an important part of the Elderly Program.  One of our volunteers is an employee to a private company located in our town but comes from the Czech Republic.  He's been doing meal distribution during Sunday's since about 2 years ago and he's very enthusiastic.  We are sharing his experience below:

"It's something I will never forget and I will have always remember my "clients".  These people became kind of my elder friends, there are one weekend in good mood (despite all the circumstances), another one with health troubles looking for any possible help. I really appreciate the support your organization provides to them because in case of any troubles they have nobody to ask for help.  I enjoy distribution of lunch indeed, it's my Sunday routine."

Participant in official vehicle going to surgery.
Participant in official vehicle going to surgery.
Our Volunteer from Czech Republic.
Our Volunteer from Czech Republic.
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
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
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
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
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza, Inc

Location: San Antonio, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Xiomara Méndez-Ruiz
San Antonio, Puerto Rico
$47,806 raised of $60,000 goal
 
746 donations
$12,194 to go
Donate Now
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza, Inc has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.