The next volunteer training session for the Friendly Visitor Program (FVP) will be held on Mon., May 7 at 10 a.m. at the Albert Wisner Library, located at 1 McFarland Dr. in Warwick NY. FVP Coordinator Marie Luca has completed her initial training and has begun to put all that she has learned into practice. Marie assumed her volunteer coordinator role earlier this year and has been immersed in her orientation within the scope of the programs’ framework.
As coordinator, Marie will arrange the first meeting to ensure the neighbor and volunteer match is a good one. She will continue to monitor the circumstances to ensure mutual satisfaction. The program helps many people like Ruth who recently celebrated her 88th birthday.
Ruth has lived in a senior housing apartment complex in Warwick for six years. She used to drive herself to doctors appointments and to the grocery store. Medical concerns and a recent fall in her apartment changed that. A hospitalization and subsequent home care helped her through the recovery from the fall.
Ruth’s daughter is a teacher in Baltimore, MD and is very much engaged in her mom’s life. She found out about Warwick’s Friendly Visitor Program that works collaboratively with Jewish Family Service and the Office for the Aging. Her mom’s physician had given her the contact information for the FVP.
Ruth and her family are very grateful for the help she gets. Ruth has a volunteer who does weekly shopping for her, and others who help her get to local doctor appointments with the assistance of her new walker.
Kris Korn, who lived in Warwick for 30 years, worked professionally for many years with young children who have special needs. When she saw the FVP flyer at the local library, she decided she’d like to volunteer. Kris attended one of the ongoing training sessions and was quickly assigned to work with Ruth.
Weekly, Kris visits Ruth to pick up and review her grocery shopping list. She makes the purchases, uses a check Ruth has issued, and returns with the receipt and groceries. Kris is enjoying the change from working with young children to helping an adult.
For those who would like to benefit from similar services or perhaps would like to volunteer, call the Warwick Town Hall at 986-1124, ext. 400.