WHO IS ELIGIBLE
All homebound individuals aged 60 or over, may become eligible for the program. The Friendly Visiting staff visits each potential participant right in their home to asses and identify their needs for the program, i.e. assistance with shopping/errands, reading, ability to go outside/take walks, etc. This makes matching them up with the ?ideal? volunteer that much easier. We also evaluate each and every homebound individual?s preferences, such as gender, race, age, religious background, and schedule. We see to it that all selected homebound individuals are getting the most they can from their participation in the program.
Remembering Special Occasions
Who doesn’t like birthdays? Birthdays should be a time of great joy, fun and commemoration. Friendly Visiting remembers homebound individuals’ birthdays and holidays with cards, gifts, and special visits, letting them know that someone really cares.
During the holidays, when loneliness can be overwhelming, visits are made to homebound individuals to share the spirit of the holiday.
Seasonal Birthday Parties
Friendly Visiting has been known as the ?Party Planners? and organizes unforgettable birthday parties, where the homebound individuals have the chance to celebrate in style.
Participants look forward to these wonderful events that allow them to get out of their home, courtesy of the free door to door transportation that is provided by the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island. Each person is surrounded by others who are in similar situations as they are, not to mention by good fun and bright smiles.
A favorite birthday moment for the homebound individual is opening a special birthday gift just for them.
– Mildred B.
– Anita U.