Donna’s mother used to say, “Don’t burn the bridge that took you across, because you might need to cross again.” For Donna, that bridge was a local food pantry. They helped her access nutritious food her doctor said she needed to eat for her heart condition—food that she could not afford on her income. Five years later at age 66, Donna is now a regular volunteer at that same pantry, helping others cross the same bridge. Her responsibilities include packing bag with frozen mea
“You’re late,” chides Alice Robinson, straight-faced, looking at the man who just came through the door.
“Am I?” he asks, kicking mud off his boots and looking around for a clock. “No, I just wanted to say that,” Alice giggles, her laughter chiming across the room. “I’m just teasing you! You are right on time!” She walks across the room to greet him. “Right on time.” Other volunteers chuckle and shake their heads as they pack oranges into bags. Yanceyville, North Carolina To
“I have this little bug called lung cancer,” Jim explains. “It’s been rough.” His “bug” doesn’t stop him, however. Even when he doesn’t feel well, he tries every day to make it up to the veteran’s center to volunteer. A Navy veteran with years under his belt at sea, Jim isn’t used to staying still. Today is his first day using the food pantry, however. He has known about it a long time, volunteered right next to it, probably suggested to other veterans like himself that they
“I didn’t think life would be so hard at this age,” says Paula at a recent visit to a food pantry. “I spent my career working at the local university. I have a small pension and Social Security, but it’s not nearly enough. I was paid this week, and I’ve already spent most of my money on medication and bills.” Paula is just one of the thousands of seniors who cannot afford enough nutritious food each month. She never imagined her resources would be stretched to the point of ha
“I’d like to pray for my grandbaby who has been sick with a cold this week.” It is 9 AM on a Saturday and the hot North Carolina sun is already baking the parking lot outside Renaissance Road Church in Jamestown. But inside the renovated warehouse-turned-church, the air conditioning is on and a dozen senior citizens are standing in a circle, some joining hands, some leaning on canes for support, praying. Pastor Paula Bost is tall and lean and has a gentle laugh. The way she l
Recently, a small van filled with senior citizens from High Point were headed on a Senior Resources of Guilford County outing to a candy store. Ellen Whitlock, of Senior Resources, learned that one gentleman–who had insisted on coming on the trip–attended but never went into the store. “It turns out that he just wanted to drive somewhere to see something new. He just wanted to ride in the van,” she says. Anecdotally, we know that isolation and lack of access to transportation