Support Elders in San Antonio, Puerto Rico

by Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza, Inc
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New volunteer in meal distribution
New volunteer in meal distribution

Many services were given to the elderly during the last three months.  We continue providing meals so that our participants can receive a nutritional and healthly food.  One of our participants told us about the meal she received describing it as "delicious".  Nutrition and prevention is very important for a good health and we were able to do so with the meal and medical equipment distribution.

A new volunteer, was able to share his experience distributing the meals.  This is what he said:  "I recently graduated from Biology at the University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla Campus.  In my free time, I enjoy helping people in the community.  As part of the Honor Program Committees I had visited home care centers for elders and abandoned children.  I learned about Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza as a non-profit institution that has the mission to improve the quality of life of a low-income population, specially the elderly.  This really caught my attention and decided to sign up for a day as a volunteer in the meal distribution.  The person in charge was glad to show me all the procedure.  After my first experience, I liked the way the elderly were treated and the happiness it brought to them, some with physical limitations, others health medical conditions.  The elderly showed their satisfaction with the meal service and expressed their gratitude.  This experience was definitely the determinant factor for me to be a frequent volunteer."

During this year we've been able to provide a new service to the elder by providing medical equipment  Many of our participants are fragile or with health conditions such as:  high blood pressure, diabetes, among others.  Some of them received medical equipment to monitor the blood pressure and glucose.  Instructions on how to use the equipment was given by the nurse to the elder and his/her family.  She  explained the importance of doing a check up regularly.  They were able to understand that this will help them to keep their illness in control or to avoid future health complications.  The nurse will monitor the elderly health conditions which will help us to evaluate how effective is our elderly program.

 We are grateful that we can improve our services thanks to our donors contributions.

Participant says meal is delicious
Participant says meal is delicious
High blood pressure equipment
High blood pressure equipment
Participant with equipment
Participant with equipment
Participant & nurse (how to use glucose equipment)
Participant & nurse (how to use glucose equipment)
Volunteers-University Students
Volunteers-University Students

Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza is aware of our elderly participants needs because the Case Manager visits them to inquire about their situation.  Nutritional, health and some basic ones are identified.  We want to express our gratitute to our volunteers who help us with the meal distribution during the weekends.  Nutrition is very important to keep in good health.  Since the beginning of January 2016 some students from the University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla Campus, has been doing this task.  They started motivated with their classes, got related with the service and elders and has been regular volunteers.  The students said that they are doing something positive for a group of our society that is growing and has several limitations both physical and economic.

Last month we delivered articles for some participants needs:  blue pads for bed and elderly diapers.  The participants received them with joy because they didn't have enough money to buy these articles.  These items are needed in a regular basis and made an impact in their low budget.

We also provided some items for their personal hygiene like soap, toothbrush and toothpaste.  The Social Security and the food coupons are our participants income and in some cases must decide between buying a medicine or any of these articles.   

Thanks to our donors we are able to supply our elderly needs so they can have a better quality of life.

Meal for the elderly
Meal for the elderly
Eldery with blue pads for bed
Eldery with blue pads for bed
Participant with blue pads & diapers
Participant with blue pads & diapers
Elderly with basic items
Elderly with basic items
Mother
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
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
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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Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza, Inc

Location: San Antonio, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico
Project Leader:
Idalia Acevedo
San Antonio, Puerto Rico

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