My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Brave Heart Volunteers, Sitka, AK, USA
I would say that I am right in the middle of a condition that could go either way - and Brave Heart definitely pulled me over to the healthy side; they helped get me going again.
I've been 90% homebound since 2006 and maybe it does add up, but I had observed another Veteran with health issues get visited by church folks and I thought it looked like a good idea. When I heard about Brave Heart, I asked for weekly home visits.
The first one was real tough. The meeting and talking were fine as it was centered on hot coffee, the weather and how unique AK is - but afterwards, I was exhausted. I had to lay in bed for 2-3 hours completely still. It was very disruptive to my own management of my condition which only I know how to do.
Well, I recovered quickly and after the next visit, I only laid down for about an hour. And then for every visit afterward, I was usually out-the-door walking at least a few blocks through the neighborhood to clear my mind.
The visits had worked and for the rest of the 12 months, they were quite normal and there were times when I was listening to the volunteer's stories. This is in fact what I enjoyed - the give and take about the sometimes comical nature of daily living and the funny things that can happen. We were connecting.
Throughout the months, I started my own activities including online classes and learning how to walk through Sitka while always listening to Nature. It's a quiet, peaceful place and taking an hour to have coffee with someone else fits in well.
Overall, I improved. Pretty much in every category of health, energy and mind. The visits help. I do in fact recommend them. If I move back to SE Alaska, I'll sign up again. I guess I miss my visits now and I wish the Volunteer and the folks at Brave Heart best wishes. Thanks.
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