The Friendly Visitor Program is working to combat loneliness and social isolation that our homebound seniors and disabled neighbors. With the effort of qualified and trained volunteers, we are going beyond the social interactions that occur with regular meal deliveries. We are supporting our senior neighbors to extend their independence and health as they age. These valuable connections provide our seniors with much-needed companionship.
Here's what some of our clients have said about their experience:
“Since [my volunteer] has come into my life…she has been a blessing. She has been an angel sent to help in my old age.”
“[My volunteer and I] talk as if we have been friends forever. She is sweet, professional, and caring.”
“[My volunteer] is delightful! He has been such an angel. He [is] like part of my family not a Friendly Visitor.”
WHAT WE DO
To receive services from Friendly Visitors:
You must be receiving meals from Meals on Wheels San Antonio
HOW DOES THE FRIENDLY VISITOR PROGRAM HELP OUR SENIORS?
The Friendly Visitor Program works to provide much-needed social engagement to our homebound seniors and disabled neighbors. Seniors will receive valuable social interactions through one or more of the following services - Friendly Visits, Friendly Calls and Fan Mail.
Through Friendly Visits, seniors engage in a variety of positive and enriching in-person social activities like playing board or card games, reading their favorite books, watching a good movie, or just having great conversations. Seniors can also receive weekly calls and/or receive letter or cards. A senior can receive one or all three of these services from our trained and qualified volunteers. No matter what the client decides, these services are a great way to brigthen their day and reduce the loneliness they experience!
**Due to COVID-19, Friendly Visits are currently suspended. However, short in-person check-ins following CDC recommendations with senior friends may be possible.**
HOW DO I RECEIVE SERVICES?
If you are a current client, please call 210.735.5115 x 1056 to speak with Daniel Garcia, the Friendly Visitor Coordinator.
If you are not a currently receiving services from Meals on Wheels, please call 210.735.5115 and request to speak with our Client Services Department.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Through our volunteers, we learn about the various needs of our homebound seniors and disabled neighbors. Please consider donating a gift to help provide more social engagement to reduce the loneliness our clients experience.
The Friendly Visitor Program is supported by the City of San Antonio, Department of Human Services.