The Meals on Wheels San Antonio Friendly Visitor Program is a volunteer-based program that connects qualified, trained volunteers with isolated, homebound seniors. The goal of the Friendly Visitor Program is to improve the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of seniors by reducing the negative effects of loneliness and isolation with positive social interaction.
There are currently three ways Meals on Wheels Friendly Visitor Program provides positive social interactive services:
- in-person home visits*
- phone or video calls
*In-person visits have been suspended until further notice due to COVID-19.
Volunteers visit a personally matched senior in the senior’s home for a minimum of 2 hours each week. During their visits, volunteers and seniors can engage in a variety of positive, enriching, and beneficial social activities like playing board or card games, reading their favorite books, watching a good movie, or just having great conversations. Due to COVID-19 visits are suspended until further notice.
Volunteers are matched with at least one senior to call weekly. Volunteers call their senior-friend once a week for a wellness check and to have a friendly conversation. This opportunity is perfect for individuals wanting a remote or virtual volunteer experience.
Friendly Fan Mail:
The newest addition to our socially interactive programs is the Friendly Letter Program Fan Mail. Volunteers correspond weekly with at least one senior. Correspondence can be a cheerful letter, heartfelt postcard, birthday care, or holiday card. Whether homemade or store bought, who doesn't love opening their mail and seeing a personalized message just for them?! This is a great way to get creative and brighten the day of an isolated and homebound senior friend!