Two Are Better than One

Salvation Army Two Are Better than One Program

Vadia Powell, 89, has lived in her Chatham home on Chicago’s South Side for decades.

Over the years, violence engulfed the neighborhood, and Vadia stopped leaving her home to visit friends, go to the store, or attend Sunday worship. “Most of us on this street don’t travel like we used to,” she says.

Vadia’s isolation deepened when her husband died in 2000. Her son Robert, now 64, moved in to take care of his aging mother.

The front steps fell into disrepair with rotting wood and poor support. Robert had several accidents, resulting in broken legs and knee surgeries. Unable to replace the stairs themselves, Vadia and Robert turned to The Salvation Army.  Continue reading “Two Are Better than One”

Two are Better Than One Program Gives Seniors Help and Independence

Two Are Better Than OneVadia Powell, 89, has lived in her Chatham home on Chicago’s south side for decades. As she aged and violence engulfed the neighborhood, Vadia stopped leaving her home to visit friends, go to the store or attend Sunday worship. “Most of us on this street don’t travel like we used to,” she said. Her isolation only deepened when you husband passed away in 2000. Vadia’s son, Robert, 64, returned home to better care for his mother. Continue reading “Two are Better Than One Program Gives Seniors Help and Independence”

RunFurShelter and The Salvation Army to Host 4th Annual 5K Walk/Run to Help Homebound Seniors Feed Their Pets

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RunFurShelter has teamed up with The Salvation Army to hold their 4th annual 5K run on Sunday, May 18, at Sherman Immediate Care Center, 2000 McDonald Road, in South Elgin.  All proceeds from the race will go toward the purchase of dog and cat food and veterinary costs for the pets of homebound seniors enrolled in The Salvation Army’s Golden Diners Senior Nutrition Program. Last year, RunFurShelter raised more than $28,000 to help area animals in need.

RunFurShelter made the decision to partner with The Salvation Army after the Golden Diners Program reported that seniors were having difficulty affording enough food to feed their pets.  Providing pet food to homebound seniors will enable them to keep their furry companions, which is key to combating loneliness and depression.

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Entry to the 5K is $35 and includes a t-shirt and timing chip.  In addition to the traditional 5K race, this year’s event will also include a one-mile memory walk/run, in honor of our beloved pets who are no longer with us, and a 100-meter sprint for children.  For more information or to register, visit www.runfurshelter.com or contact Tanya Esquivel at 224-805-3722 or tanya.esquivel0711@sbcglobal.net.

Each year, more than 5,000 seniors in Kane and McHenry counties are served by The Salvation Army Golden Diners program.  Golden Diners delivers more than 800 meals every day.  Homebound seniors receive a friendly visit and a hot, nutritious meal delivered by The Salvation Army.  The visit also serves as a daily wellness check.  The program helps prevent malnutrition for seniors, as well as avoid institutional care for as long as is safely possible.  Golden Diners congregate meals and wellness checks also alleviate seniors’ isolation.

Beginning in January, RunFurShelter will host monthly food drives to keep the pet food pantry stocked.  If you are interested in volunteering at any of these drives, please contact Sara Johnson at cupcake1108@sbcglobal.net.

The Salvation Army Golden Diners Program would like to thank Tanya Esquivel, Nancy Meaney, Sara Johnson and all of the dedicated volunteers at RunFurShelter for their tireless commitment providing the South Elgin and Elgin communities with fun and active family activities that benefit a great cause.

Volunteers rally around Chicago seniors in day-long event to launch Two Are Better Than One program

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More than 30 volunteers helped The Salvation Army launch its new care-for-the-caregiver program with a day of service to seniors in Chicago’s south side neighborhoods. Employees from Affordable Construction, Sam’s Club and various community churches from across Chicago were dispatched to the properties of seniors who live alone, where they performed hands-on projects such as building fences, mowing lawns and painting garages.

The program, Two Are Better Than One, is a community-based solution to recruit and train volunteers from area churches and organizations to provide in-home help and assistance for people who are either caring for aging parents (60 or older) or seniors raising their grandchildren. Direct services will include transportation, light chores and housekeeping, repairs and friendly visits, as well as resources, education and support for family caregivers, including in-home respite. Continue reading “Volunteers rally around Chicago seniors in day-long event to launch Two Are Better Than One program”