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FriendshipWorks on FOX Morning News October 1

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FriendshipWorks is on TV!  Executive Director Janet Seckel-Cerrotti will be appearing on WFXT’s FOX Morning News on Wednesday, October 1st at 9:20 am. In celebration of FriendshipWorks’ 30th Anniversary, Janet will discuss what makes FriendshipWorks so vital to thousands of elders and volunteers as well as why she is personally involved in helping to end [...] Read more »

Ask FriendshipWorks Series: Spirituality and Elders

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Dear FriendshipWorks Staff, In volunteer training we were taught not to bring up religion to our elder. I have been visiting Bernadette for a couple of months now and she has been asking a lot about what I believe. I know that religion is important to her; am I allowed to attend church with [...] Read more »

“Can I have Seconds Now?” Our Labor Day Cookout

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For Labor Day weekend, FriendshipWorks helped organize a social lunch at the Anna Bissonnette House. Thirty elders celebrated Labor Day together outside around a table. Friendly Helper volunteers welcomed those eager to enjoy the holiday, eat some burgers, and get some sun. Elders of FriendshipWorks programs were in attendance, and the invitation was extended to [...] Read more »

Working on Behalf of Elders

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Was it when my mother recruited me to help serve Thanksgiving dinner to elderly residents living in senior citizen public housing in New York city? Or maybe it was when I worked as Program Director for the MUSICARE Program in Boston providing arts programs to elders, that I realized, although growing older has it’s joys, [...] Read more »

An Unlikely Friendship: Erin and Tyrone

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Though Erin and Tyrone were matched for only 3 months before Tyrone’s passing, theirs is an incredible story of the rejuvenating power of friendship. Tyrone was referred to us as a reclusive man who, after learning he was terminally ill, no longer left the house. Still, he seemed receptive to a visitor, so we matched [...] Read more »

A Chance Encounter: A New Direction

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I’ve always had a heart for elders, but a few years ago I said hello to a stranger on a park bench in downtown Boston, and he changed my life. It was the end of a lazy, long summer between my first and second year of graduate school, and I took a walk along the [...] Read more »

Ask FriendshipWorks Series: The Move to Assisted Living

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Dear FriendshipWorks: My elder friend just moved from her apartment into an assisted living. I’ve never been to an assisted living facility before. Is there anything I should know? – Jeanette, Friendly Helper Volunteer ———————————————————————————————– Thanks for your question Jeanette! When an elder moves into an assisted living it can be a difficult transition, even [...] Read more »

Our First PetPals Team – Mary and Dulcinea

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While they weren’t the first PetPals to attend the Volunteer-Pet Team screening at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, Mary and Dulcinea were the first team to pass the screening!  Our first screening was held in March of 2003 and two people attended, but unfortunately neither passed.  We scheduled another screening the next month and, [...] Read more »

A Golden Smile

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Each week, May, a 10 year old golden retriever, arrives at the nursing home with the energy of a young pup.  She loves going and cannot wait to get inside to see her friends.  Our first stop is at the Volunteer Services office where she is warmly greeted by staff members who conveniently seem to [...] Read more »

Ask FriendshipWorks Series: Bridging the Age Gap

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Dear FriendshipWorks: My elder friend and I have a big age difference, he is 81 years old and I am 23! I want to learn more about my friend, but I’m not sure where to start.  How could I better connect with him although we are several decades apart? – Jim, Friendly Visiting Volunteer ———————————————————————————————– [...] Read more »