Story by Lourice Angie
The Town of Warwick held a special presentation before holding the Town Board meeting on Thurs., May 11. The Town Board announced and celebrated the kick-off of the Town of Warwick Friendly Visitor Program and gave special recognition to the Warwick Valley Dispatch and the Warwick Advertiser for their loyal years of service to the community.
Town Board members and members of the community gathered as Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton spoke about the newly formed Town of Warwick Friendly Visitor Program. The program was created to assist older adults who live alone with disabilities in the Town and Villages of Warwick, Greenwood Lake, and Florida.
The objective is to help these older adults to live more independently. The program is a no charge service that is committed to supporting residents by helping them remain in their homes for as long as possible.
“We feel that this is a much better quality of life for them. It’s an exciting component to our effort in providing services to our seniors,” said Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton.
The individuals who have supported the program were also recognized. They are: Doris Rubinsky of the Jewish Family Service, representatives from the office of the aging, Orange County Legislator Paul Ruszkiewicz, and Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard.
There was a brief break taken where Supervisor Sweeton cut a cake and celebrated the program. Local volunteers who are interested in joining will need to undergo a background check (at no charge to them) that will ensure the safety of those they care for. They will also receive free a two-part training.
In addition, volunteers will be insured while they are volunteering. Hours are flexible and consist of dedicating an hour or two a week. These volunteers will provide transportation and escort elders to local appointments, help with grocery shopping, make routine home visits, chat on the phone, and assist with clerical work. Simple kind gestures will make neighbors feel more connected to the community. Volunteers are needed to make this program thrive in the community.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can call the Town Hall at 986-1124 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org