As the Senior Adult Ministry Coordinator here at Trinity for the past 14 years, my job (part-time) focuses primarily on coordinating and offering training to a group of volunteers, each of whom is paired with an older person from the congregation. The goal of each visitor is to be an accepting friend to the person he or she visits. Those being visited are older and are confronting loneliness, illness, being widowed, isolation, adapting to institutional living, etc. Like the miracle of the loaves and fishes, we have been able to meet these needs of our congregation. No one need fall between the cracks at this caring church. Increasingly, I am coordinating programs of particular interest to seniors, such as an upcoming speaker who will demystify the tangle of some of the facets of medicare coverage during the enrollment period. I am available to help with grief counseling, to assist with nursing home placements and to find resources to help families and individuals if I am not able.
I was born on Long Island, married while in college and graduated in 1968 from Syracuse University. Our two children, Adriane and Mark, joined my husband and me on the corporate trail for his job, and we lived in Ohio, New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, before coming to Grand Island in 1992. I have a social work background which is invaluable in my work, as well as great affection and admiration for the people of Trinity.