September 27, 2012
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina held its third listening session of the year in Georgetown, South Carolina, September 13, focusing on homebound seniors served through the GRACE Ministries Neighbor to Neighbor program. Participants shared their experiences with foundation board and staff, and GRACE Ministries staff and volunteers. Through the listening sessions, the foundation visits communities across the state to listen directly to individuals and families about issues surrounding poverty as part of its commitment to reduce poverty in South Carolina.
“I thank God everyday for this program; I do not know what I’d do without them,” said a listening session participant.
Participants shared life stories, how they learned about Neighbor to Neighbor and how much the program has impacted each of their lives. Most of the seniors and chronically ill residents don’t drive and lack of financial resources, coupled with limited local transportation, make it difficult to depend on public transit or cabs for transportation. Each participant said that Neighbor to Neighbor was a vital service offered to the community. Many listening session participants described appreciation for the program and explained how it is a blessing in their lives.
“This program is a lifesaver,” said one listening session participant.
Neighbor to Neighbor is a volunteer based door-to-door transportation service for homebound and chronically ill adults in Horry and Georgetown counties. GRACE Ministries is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that encourages community involvement in the lives of the aging population and enables them to continue living independently. Neighbor to Neighbor uses volunteers to provide rides for homebound seniors and chronically ill or disabled adults to get them to medical appointments, the grocery store, pick-up prescriptions and complete other essential errands. Those served through Neighbor to Neighbor are able to stay connected to the community and continue to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.