“Shalom Again” Friendly Phone Calls provide lonely seniors a connection to the community at large.
Loneliness is a serious problem for many individuals and it is especially prevalent within the senior population. JSA receives many calls from seniors who have no, or very few, social contacts. JSA is very much aware of how social isolation may lead to serious mental and physical deterioration. Thus the Organization has initiated regularly scheduled calls to shut-ins and lonely seniors. For the older person answering the phone the “Shalom Again” service is often a life-line and a connection to the community at large. Thus they achieve feelings of inclusion rather than exclusion and marginalization.
JSA provides seniors with specially trained volunteers who will contact them on a regular/weekly basis and listen to what they have to say. A volunteer caller receives 15 hours of training. The client may receive this service for an indefinite period. Shalom Again volunteers are able to provide seniors with community resources and social supports.
For some various social services may be appropriate; Peer Counselling and Friendly Visitor services may be suitable.