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What does Good Shepherd do for seniors?

June is Senior’s Month. And seniors matter at Good Shepherd Ministries.

Vibrant, caring seniors come to serve meals at Good Shepherd. When you’re 93, will you be up to standing over a hot steam table for two hours? Our oldest volunteers are in their nineties.

Then there are the seniors who come to eat the meals. Seniors who are still living on their own, still managing to take care of themselves. But sadly, even for seniors who worked hard their entire lives, the cost of living can rise too fast.

Good Shepherd’s meal program helps these seniors to eat well and stay healthy. And when they come for meals, they can get other help. The drop-in worker encourages seniors to visit the nurse. He gets them clean socks from the clothing room.

And then there are the homeless seniors. In the first three months of this year, 22 seniors — aged 65 to 79 — used the emergency shelter beds because they had nowhere else to go.

Finally, there are the 8 seniors who have found a caring home thanks to St. Joseph’s Residence, Good Shepherd’s 24-hour supportive residence for seniors with a history of homelessness. If you want to celebrate seniors by volunteering, St. Joe’s is a great place to start — they appreciate friendly visitors.



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