Saturday, October 16th was the official “Serving Our Seniors (S.O.S.) Day” in The Woodlands, northwest of Houston, TX. “S.O.S. Day” is a biannual workday organized by Interfaith of The Woodlands, a faith-based nonprofit that brings people together to build a more loving and caring community through service. A team from The Village at Gleannloch Farms (VGF) went to work for the cause – helping seniors in the area who need assistance with household repairs and tasks. These include odd jobs that are not within the budget and capabilities of the seniors, who are usually nominated by neighbors and selected by Interfaith.
Serving seniors is nothing new for the VGF squad. VGF, sponsored by Lutheran Social Services, is the newest continuing care, master-planned retirement community in the Spring/Woodlands area. All levels of senior care are available on site, including independent living, assisted living, memory support, and skilled nursing.
The VGF team was assigned to the home of a 92-year-old WWII veteran and his wife, who is dealing with a host of medical issues. General upkeep and maintenance to their home and property had been too much for them to tackle in recent years.
First item on the list was trimming the trees around the driveway, where low branches were scraping their car. John Garcia, VGF’s director of nursing, braved the high ladder and climbed onto the roof to clean the eaves and gutters of leaves and pine needles. The garage was repainted to match the trim of the house, and the brick around the lower part of the home was power-washed, all of which freshened up the look of the whole property. “The couple was thrilled with how their place looked,” reported Tab Werner, VGF’s director of health services. Werner said the team plans to sign on for the next Serving Our Seniors Day this spring. “Interfaith does a wonderful job organizing these projects. It’s a great opportunity to make a visible difference in the lives of seniors in the area,” he said.