Don’s story inspires us all and shows us what relationships can really do. Don’s been volunteering with SRC for many years, while also caring for his wife Kay who lives with dementia. Kay was a participant at SRC’s Adult Day & Respite Center in Evergreen, when Don discovered SRC’s volunteer program. One of the volunteer programs connects volunteers to seniors in need of minor home repairs. This was right up Don’s alley.
Don has been doing home repairs for Dorothy, while Dorothy spends time with Kay. The time Dorothy spends with Kay makes the relationship all the more important. We’re not sure if there is a more perfect example of a win-win situation. Everyone benefits from the circle of compassion that comes from looking out for your neighbors.
Don expanded his circle of care from his family to include his whole community and the benefits are immeasurable. Don also helps with deliveries to SRC clients each month, along with many minor home repair jobs for people in the mountain communities. It is obvious how much he cares from his artful, intricate handiwork and patient friendliness.
Don, Kay and Dorothy made a connection because they recognize that it takes relationships to maintain a good life. So many people lack these connections and this is one of the ways SRC helps keep seniors independent. It can be hard to ask for help and even harder to find it, especially for busy caregivers and isolated seniors.