Community and Elders Program
For two consecutive years, iheart radio has partnered with Bessie’s Hope to implement the radio corporation’s “Gifts for Grands” project. Members from their listening audience purchase gifts from a wish list provided by Bessie’s Hope from nursing home residents. Everyone is invited to attend a social gathering at the nursing home, where the volunteers first attend a training/orientation session to ensure that the volunteers will be comfortable and confident in their interactions with residents of all levels of cognitive functioning, and that the visit will be meaningful and enjoyable for the residents and the volunteers. Retired Bronco team members also attend the group visit with the elders and join in the fun.
Following the group visit, the volunteers take gifts to the rooms of the residents who participated in the wish list. These are residents who receive little or no personal visitation. As in all of the Bessie’s Hope programs and visits, it’s hard to know who received the most joy—the volunteers or the residents.
This program engages adult groups, who may or may not choose to include their own families, for one-time or ongoing visits at nursing homes and assisted living communities. Get your workplace, civic organization, club, or church group involved. Adult groups always express how meaningful this hands-on, life-changing community service project is. Like with the youth, Bessie's Hope provides the training, coordination, and facilitation of one-time or ongoing visits with the nursing home/assisted living elders.
Get your workplace, civic organization, club, church group involved. Call 303-830-9037. Click here for more information about our Community and Elders Program