Heart Connections: VIA’s Newest Program
I recently read about a unique program, a preschool located inside a care facility in Seattle. What an excellent concept! How can we connect children, families, and individuals with care facilities in our neighborhoods and communities? Residents living in care facilities can experience a significant amount of loneliness and boredom. According to the Atlantic article I referenced above: “Numerous studies have linked social interaction with decreased loneliness, delayed mental decline, lower blood pressure, and reduced risk of disease and death in elders.”
Our goal at VIA in implementing the Heart Connections program is to connect individuals as well as families with children of all ages with care facility friends who do not receive many visitors.
As coordinator of the Heart Connections program, I will be working to connect volunteers with friends at two nursing home communities in the Denver area. I am excited to begin work with Rowan Community in Virginia Village and Canterbury Gardens in Aurora. Our hope with these matches is to facilitate volunteers living on mission and loving others in Jesus name, and begin building friendships with care facility residents. We will come alongside families and individuals wanting to serve in their communities. We look forward to building friendships with new volunteers and clients, and serving in the Denver area.
If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about this program, I would love to speak with you! We are asking for a once a month commitment from volunteers, for one year. Please email or call firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-713-9144.
-Emily Duntsch, Heart Connections Coordinator