JFS Perspectives

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Such Good News From the Volunteer Department, We Just Had to Share!

Elene and ElliotWe don’t mean to boast, but the volunteers at Boulder JFS are some of the most giving, creative, thoughtful, and dedicated human beings you will come across. Here are some of the most recent snippets of how JFS volunteers go above and beyond and make a meaningful impact in the lives of JFS clients. Photo: Volunteer Elaine with Elliot.

A request for a ride turns into lunch and more…
When a client recently called Boulder JFS to say she had an opportunity to move into a new living situation, but she didn’t have a ride to go check it out, Boulder JFS offered to help. Elene, one of our advisory committee members, not only volunteered for the job, but after they visited the new place, Elene took her out to lunch and talked through the pros and cons of the move. 

Some things can’t be forgotten…
While we can’t always match clients who have dementia with Friendly Visitors, as memory loss can pose challenges to forming a new friendship, there are exceptions.  Evie, who has been a JFS Friendly Visitor for more than two years, now visits Dick, a client with dementia, on a weekly basis. On their most recent visit they sang Purim songs together, from memory.

You’re never too old to dance…
The same goes for the relationship with Bill and his friendly visitor, Sue. Although Bill has Parkinson’s and memory loss, they spend their hour together each week by dancing and singing. Sue says, “Bill also loves to make up songs and sing. He is such a sweetheart. We sat outside in the sun and he loved that, too.”

When one door closes, another one opens…
Boulder JFS had the privilege of hosting a chaplain intern a few months ago, who visited JFS client Rebecca on a regular basis. They formed a strong bond, and when the internship ended, Rebecca became a candidate for the Friendly Visitor program. We matched Rebecca with Barbara and in a short amount of time the two of them have become close, spending their time together knitting and visiting.

More than Hamantaschen… 
Congregation Har Hashem recently donated Purim goody bags to 50 JFS clients. Boulder JFS then asked volunteers to deliver the bags to clients the week before Purim. JFS is so honored to continue this tradition, thanks to the generosity of Har Hashem and our wonderful volunteers. Photo: Volunteer Vickianne delivering mishaloch manot.

Flowers brighten the day
Julie, one of the volunteers, called client Linda to tell her she was going to drop off the a Purium goody bag. When she called, she learned that Linda’s husband had been hit by a car and was just discharged from the ER. While he was pretty banged up, he did not suffer from major injuries. When Julie dropped off the goody bag, she also brought Linda and her husband flowers.


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