Sophia (Volunteer) and Mrs. Maureen Newby (Elder Friend) met for the first time in July 2021 and their relationship clicked right away. Yet this type of volunteering was new to Sophia and she would never have considered it if it weren’t for her awareness of the sad reality of isolated seniors.
“I didn’t pay much attention to the elderly until recently. In fact, I had a very good friend who was 70 years old when I met her. I used to visit her regularly, but as time went on, my life became busier. I did not contact her for many months. She passed away at the age of 94 and I didn’t find out until a month and a half later. I was so disappointed that I wasn’t there to share her last moments with her. That’s when I thought that I had to do more for seniors.”
For Maureen, 89, being accompanied by Little Brothers and paired with a volunteer was also a new experience in her life.
“I never thought that a stranger could do something so important for me and become my friend. When Little Brothers came into my life, it was like opening a Pandora’s box of emotions.”
The two women are still getting to know each other, but they have already formed a strong bond. The complicity that is gradually developing between them is of great help to Maureen.
“We talk about everything. She helps me with new technology, like the time I had to book my vaccination appointment. I’m sure there are many people like me who have difficulty using the internet. It’s not easy to learn! There are a lot of people you can’t trust, but I do trust Sophia.”
Sophia feels equally privileged to have developed this friendship and now hopes to inspire others to get involved with seniors.
“I would like to see more people get involved and learn about Little Brothers. I would like those who are alone to have the chance to be part of this loving family, both volunteers and seniors.”
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