Hands Together Update: The Elderly Program
Each morning at about 9am the elderly arrive at four Hands Together Elderly Centers: Saint Francis DeSales High School, St. Ann School, Doctor Fanfan Clinic and Archbishop Miot School.
On any given day there could be as many as 800 elderly and on special days when there are celebrations of birthdays, etc., there have been as many 1,700.
Each elderly person has his or her blood pressure checked and all health concerns are passed on to the Hands Together doctors.
There is often entertainment and other social activities. The students in the schools are encouraged to engage the elderly and to make them feel welcomed.
At Saint Francis and at Archbishop Miot schools there are literacy classes given to the elderly as well.
They are also given a hot meal before leaving at noon time.
Four times a year: Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day, and a day in September each elderly person receives a bag with rice, beans, cooking oil, canned fish and sauce to feed about 35 people.
This would be a great project for a parish in the USA to adopt for those that are interested in sponsoring a project in Haiti.