The path to connection can sometimes cover a few stepping-stones. Two years ago, a senior spoke with Welcoming Seniors’ Spaces volunteers and staff conducting outreach at a food bank. He later attended a Volunteer Impact workshop about elder abuse conversations called, “It’s Not Right,” where he shared a challenge he was experiencing with his landlord.
A drain needed to be repaired but the senior didn’t want to upset the building manager in case he needed help with other things. Workshop participants brainstormed solutions and the senior took resource brochures home. Pinning a brochure to the manager’s door led to a helpful conversation about the drain and his concerns about rocking the boat. The senior was happy to be able to deal with the situation effectively and keep the relationship intact.