Soup for Seniors began in October of 2006 as a Make a Difference Day Project for LOA’s Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs. That first year we had very modest goals of serving those within the program as well as the Meals on Wheels recipients. The community fully embraced the project. So much soup and crackers was donated that the LOA was able to service all of its clients, other needy seniors in the community as well as others in neighboring communities. In 2011, with new restrictions of the founding programs, the LOA took the project on as an agency-wide service and joined forces with AARP Virginia. Collection and distribution was moved to late January/early February in order to serve the senior population in the most vulnerable part of winter.
Eight out of 10 people age 45 and older say they want to remain in their homes for as long as possible, according to an AARP survey. However, that becomes challenging for people who have difficultly writing checks and managing finances.
Connie comes to Good Mojo in Norfolk, VA every week to volunteer for a few hours. She dusts, straightens and remerchandises the housewares section. It may not sound like life changing work but to ForKids client, Randy and her rising 2nd and 4th grade kids, Connie’s time has been transformational. Due in large part to volunteers like Connie, Good Mojo was able to provide Randy with interview clothing and she now has 2 jobs to make ends meet. Further, Randy was able to get pots, pans and dishes from Good Mojo for her new kitchen when she moved out of ForKids’ emergency shelter. Randy is back on track but ForKids needs more Connies to let us help more Randys as they strive to overcome homelessness.
Navigating the Medicare health care system can be confusing for people who are new to Medicare as well as those who are already enrolled. Residents from across Hampton Roads are invited to attend Senior Services’ 1st Annual Medicare Health Fair & Expo, Nov. 16, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach to help make the most of Medicare.
Are you interested in finding ways to stay healthy, learn new things and spend time with family and friends? This free workshop offered by AARP VA (aarp.org/va) will help you make the most of the opportunities around you for enriching your life.