A unique experience for both the volunteer and the resident is the opportunity for an individualized friendship. Many of our residents do not have a family and the "People Need Friends" relationship helps to fill that gap. The wonderful, caring staff of our homes provide quality care day in and day out. However, a personal friend is not someone with whom the individual lives or works, but rather a caring person who is there because they want to be. Friends share activities of mutual interest such as shopping, miniature golf, trips to museums and places of interest, days at the shore, Sunday Mass, followed by breakfast, hours together in the homes of the volunteers, baking, cooking, arts and crafts, window shopping at the mall, etc. In short, they do the things all friends enjoy doing together. Some of our volunteers spend their time with their friend in the group home or apartment; others spend their time together out in the community. All of the relationships developed slowly and over a period of time and become an expression of joy in the life of our residents.
►There is no particular time commitment required and time spent together is arranged to be mutually convenient for the volunteer and their friend.
Mark Tremblay with his friend John
Janice Carolan and her friend Clara