The health of our seniors is our number one priority, so most Older Adult Programs (OAP) are on hold – BUT Outreach Community Center volunteers and staff have been getting creative over the last several weeks with inspiring ways to stay connected with the many seniors we serve. Technology has been a godsend with new apps to play games and FaceTime to live chat. Within a week, our Shoppers Helpers ministry sprang to life, providing grocery shoppers for high risk seniors who cannot go to the store.

Before the COVID roadblock, the Older Adults Program had been relishing their ‘new to us’ bus. Upon its arrival, one of our clients, Sandy, even gave the sparkling minibus a big hug! Then proudly rode up and down on the lift in her motorized chair. Peter noted, “You know we always forget to thank God for incidentals like going to the grocery store, out to lunch and the festivities that all require transportation.”

Typically, we have over 30 riders for our weekly trips to Jewel and Aldi, and to Walmart/Target twice each month. Eileen noted, “I love riding the bus. I meet someone new each time.” So, for all those who took part in raising $50,000 through last year’s Race to Buy the Bus Challenge – one senior, Juanita, stated it perfectly, “your kindness will never be forgotten.”

OCC has been humbled by the words of several of our seniors over the course of these last several weeks. Linda Hawkins, OAP Director and Kim Van Oss, OAP Coordinator, are in awe every day at the support received from our volunteers and are equally impressed by the grace and hope that emanates from them to our clients! One of our residents said last week, “I’ve never been taken better care of.” For all those who continue to support the Older Adults ministry, Carolyn’s heartfelt words probably say it most succinctly, “God bless all who extend their time and effort for us.”