Minimum-wage workers in Argentine do not receive enough monthly social security to cover the cost of living. Housing these elderly necessarily falls to their families. And if they have no family? Hogar Santa Ana (HSA) houses fifty-one elderly and family-less women who would otherwise be homeless. Aside from room and board, HSA allows these elderly ladies to spend their final years in safety, in the joy of companionship and the dignity they deserve after a lifetime of hard work.
In Argentina, minimum wage workers do not earn enough to pay for their retirement and must depend upon family for shelter and care. Most of the 51 elderly ladies at Hogar Santa Ana home fall into this category, however they have no family on which to rely. Their plight would result in homelessness or other highly precarious situations.
Hogar Santa Ana not only provides these fifty-one ladies with room and board but it also helps them maintain their dignity, make friends and live in community, and find the time, after a life of work, to enjoy companionship and shared interests in a safe home environment.
These 51 senior women belong to the community and they have lots to give back to it. Some activities include singing to the hospitalized, knitting winter mittens and scarves for the poor and being pen pal grannies to many girls at DAC's Hogar San Jose (home for battered girls) and other such home. These activities are healing to both the recipients and the ladies themselves, who even at an advanced age (we have some 98 and 97 year old ladies!) they are full of life and caring.
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