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Ruth and Naomi Senior Outreach
March 21, 2010

For several years, recently and in the past, I have been involved with mostly elder care of family members:father, mother, out-of-state mother-in-law. How I wish RNSO had been available for them! However, a few years ago, I was fortunate to hear Mary Porter and Lynn Bledsoe give a program on their work, and from that program and my experience with care-giving, I asked if they could play for a 104 year-old lady who was in a nursing home and who until 102 had been fairly active. She had little family who could care for her, so I became the one to look after her. When RNSO came to play, I was amazed to hear this bedridden, almost blind 104 year old begin to sing. Her roommate began singing also, and soon other residents came, some in their wheelchairs. Staff came, and there were tears. I saw for certain that afternoon what music and caring time can do for those who are ill, dying, or separated from the life they had previously lived. On the day this lady died, RNSO was planning to come again to play for her. Not only did this experience minister to those residents in the nursing home, it also ministered to those who cared for the residents as well as to me, a "family" member. I am now studying the harp, have enjoyed participating a few times in other nursing home settings and elder care, and am hoping to be trained before too long so as to volunteer with RNSO.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the experience I wrote about

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

helping to fill a great need that so often is overlooked in our busy culture

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, accomplished people who saw a need in our society that was not being met and who were willing to give of their time, energy, and personalities to begin meeting this need.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

train more staff and volunteers and publicize its work more widely. In so doing, its ministry could affect in positive ways our culture.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & try to improve my harp-playing skills.