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Senior Ctr. Outreach training

7:08 PM, Oct. 10, 2013  |  Comments
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Just an hour of your time a couple of times a month can be life changing.

The Fond du Lac Senior Center Senior Outreach Program is a supportive program providing companionship to seniors in the community and surrounding areas. The motto is: reaching out - touching lives.

The one-to-one mentoring program matches seniors with seniors in a friendship program. A Senior Outreach Program training for new volunteers will be held on three mornings in October, from 9 to 11 a.m. each day:

? Tuesday, Oct. 22

? Wednesday, Oct. 23

? Friday, Oct. 25

Training topics include the history of the 26 year Senior Outreach Program, resources in Fond du Lac County, effective listening, confidentiality, and mental health and aging. Anyone may attend these sessions, and participating does not obligate you to be a volunteer.

One of the many Senior Outreach Program success stories is one of Orville and Katie Heller and their match Scottie Cleveland. They met several years ago when Orville and Katie saw a notice like this in the Action Advertiser and decided to attend. They became volunteers for the Outreach Program and were matched with Scottie.

Scottie, known as a jokester, moved to an assisted living facility due to ongoing health issues. He wanted to laugh and talk with others so he participated in the Senior Center Community Cares Program, where he met Orville and Katie who were visiting at his facility. The three of them hit it off instantly. Orville and Katie felt that Scottie would be a perfect match for them and encouraged Scottie to sign up for the Outreach Program. As soon as Scottie filled out the necessary paperwork he was matched with the Hellers and as they say, the rest is history.

The party of three enjoys many activities together, which not only include visiting, but watching pro-wrestling or professional sports together. Some of the outings the three have done include picnics, fireworks, Buttermilk Park concerts, and most recently, Fishing Has No Boundaries. The friendship that has been built between the Hellers and Scottie has truly been a life changing experience.

For info., call the Senior Center at 322-3630. Pre-registration is encouraged to plan for seating, hand-outs, and refreshments.

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