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Because of you, Sherry feels connected to her community

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Sherry is a senior who is living with dementia and depression.

Through a United Way funded seniors visiting program, she met Cheryl, a volunteer who spends time with Sherry once a week and is helping her feel more connected to her community.

The seniors visiting program supports their volunteers with training, skill development and resources. This support ensures the volunteers enrich the lives of the seniors they visit.

“I don’t know where I’d be without her,” said Sherry.

In the past, Sherry was passionate about quilting, but life circumstances meant she hadn’t sewed for many years. With Cheryl’s help, she re-ignited her passion, joined a quilting club and built a beautiful friendship. Together they travel to group quilting sessions, socialize, have lunch, chat over coffee or shop.

“I can tell when I pick-up Sherry that she’s really upbeat, it’s making her happy. I really enjoy spending time with her too,” said Cheryl.

Over one-and-a-half years of their friendship, Sherry’s mental health has significantly improved. She has made friends, feels like part of the community and has a renewed sense of purpose.

“Cheryl opened up and welcomed me. She took me on with no conditions at all. She’s perfect. I don’t feel so sheltered, so isolated,” said Sherry.

Because of you, Sherry has gained happiness and friendship.

The COVID-19 crisis has proven that senior isolation is detrimental to health and wellbeing, but together you and your United Way can continue to provide programs that bring light and wellness to your community.

To keep helping seniors like Sherry thrive, donate today.