From the desk of Emily Dunsch–
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