Benjamin Valenti, a WWII veteran who resides in the Village of Warwick, celebrated his 102nd birthday on Sat., May 11. He is one of the many local residents who benefit from the services of the Friendly Visitors Program, a program that connects volunteers with residents in need of assistance.
Ben served in the Army during WWII and was the driver of a jeep that exploded and left him with a lifelong disability. Despite the severe damage to his hearing from the explosion, Ben had a successful career working for the U.S. Post Office in New York City.
Warwick has been Ben’s home for the past 20 years. He lives alone in his own apartment and gets help from a niece and a nephew with some of the things he can’t manage on his own anymore. He is able to maintain his independence by benefiting from the volunteer services of Meals on Wheels and the Town of Warwick Friendly Visitor Program.
Ben paid a heavy price of compromised hearing for his entire adult life and is happy to receive help with rides to medical appointments and hot meal home delivery. Warwick is a town that is responding well to the needs to its 8,000 senior residents, which make up 25 percent of its total population.
Anyone interested in volunteering for the Friendly Visitor program can call the Warwick Town Hall at 986-1124, ext. 400 to get more information.