As fall begins and the holiday season is soon upon us, this is traditionally a time to give thanks. While there is much to be thankful for, it may be more difficult this year to experience the fullness of joy that often accompanies this season. If you find yourself in that situation, I encourage you to read on as this newsletter contains updates and inspirational stories intended to renew a spirit of gratitude in all of us, especially during this holiday time.
While no one has been immune to events of the past six months, the frail and elderly have been particularly at risk and further isolated from the world around them. During this time, VISTE’s mission has become more important than ever. Critical services have been re-engineered for added safety while others are suspended indefinitely, volunteer engagement has been restricted (contrary to our DNA), and multiple events have been cancelled or gone virtual.
At the same time, ongoing support from donors, volunteers, and others has made it possible for VISTE to continue its mission, providing essential services to approximately 2,000 of our most vulnerable seniors throughout this time, without interruption. In addition, our Phone Pal program has been expanded and one volunteer now calls every one of our more than 4,300 clients on their birthdate to wish them a Happy Birthday!
When we look beyond the headlines, there is still much to be grateful for. I assure you our elderly clients are most grateful for your ongoing care and compassion. THANK YOU! May that knowledge help renew your spirit of gratitude and joy this holiday season!
Steve Bissonnette, President