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St. Alexius Outreach Ministries 2018 Reflections
A Year Through Our Lens

 

Friends, it has been an eventful and exciting first year of operation for us.  We thought we'd share with you some of our favorite parts...
HAH Participant Roberta receives a visit from her dog, Penny
In 2018, our Hospitality at Home (HAH) volunteers provided care to 34 of our new friends.  Through over 1130 hours of service, they offered reassurance phone calls, made nurturing home visits, mailed homemade birthday cards courtesy of the St. Ambrose Homeschool Co-op, installed house mailboxes, and prepared and delivered Christmas gifts.  Our staff also provided many services such as transportation to medical appointments, securing groceries, medical prescriptions, and pet food, installing smoke detectors, changing light bulbs, connecting two participants to their faith communities and finding foster homes for one dog and three cats!    
 
HAH Volunteer Mark installing a mailbox on a participant's home.  
These are but a few ways we’ve expressed to our new friends that they are cared for and valued.   They in turn have expressed their deep appreciation for our care, as one of our participants recently shared, "God opened a door I’d been praying for."  During this first year, one third of our referrals have been received from TN Adult Protective Services (APS) for self-neglect.  APS and other agencies serving this vulnerable population have expressed their appreciation and gratitude to the Alexian Brothers for this new way of providing on-going support to isolated and lonely older adults. 
SAOM staff Bob giving Shopping Shuttle rider a helping hand 
This year also brought us the opportunity to secure the senior shopping shuttle program to assure low-income seniors and the disabled living in nine inner city communities identified by the FDA as ‘food deserts’ can continue to shop for groceries and fresh produce.  This vitally needed transportation program has been in operation for the past six years with the same faithful and courteous driver Bob Liers; this shuttle operates four days a week at no cost to its riders.
In July, our volunteers, staff and Alexian Brothers joined together to host our first annual St. Alexius Outreach Ministries (SAOM) Celebration Cookout.  We invited over 150 guests, many of whom are our shopping shuttle riders, to a day of fellowship, fun and great hamburgers and hot dogs prepared by our own grill master and board chair, Br. Richard Lowe, C.F.A.!
The St. Alexius Outreach Ministries community enjoying a meal and some music together at the Celebration Cookout
SAOM Staff from left Bob, Emma, Alexian Brother Kane C.F.A., Mariko, and Susan. 
During this first year of implementing the Hospitality At Home program, we recognized the need to bring a full-time social worker on board.  In November, Emma Jane Olsen, MSW joined our team!  She is working side-by-side with our program coordinator, Mariko Tinaya to assist in volunteer placement while securing the needed resources and referrals our participants need to enhance their overall well-being. 
Br. Kane C.F.A., HAH participant Anna, staff Mariko, and Signal Mountain Middle School student Riley celebrate the Christmas season.  
Looking forward, 2019 brings us the opportunity to grow these programs while we grow together as a community to ensure ‘that all our elders will know they are cared for and valued’.    Please, come and see how you can grow with us, as a volunteer and as a friend. 

In gratitude,
Susan Chill, Executive Director


P.S. As we continue to build our friendship base, we welcome you to like our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/beinggoodneighbors/ and check out our website at https://www.stalexiusoutreach.org/ to stay up to date with our latest happenings.  

 






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