A 78-year-old widower recently diagnosed with cancer…
A 70-year-old woman who just lost a foot to diabetes…
A 52-year old man confined to a wheelchair due to spina bifida…
A 89-year-old woman whose closest family member lives 700 miles away…
A 67-year-old woman who lost her son and suffered a stroke and heart attack….
For the past 20 years, Hamilton-based nonprofit Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County (ICGMC) has assisted all of the above by providing transportation to doctors’ offices, grocery shopping, friendly visits and phone calls, respite care, light housekeeping, clerical assistance, meal preparation, indoor/outdoor chores, minor home repairs, and other non-medical help to a rapidly growing population of home-bound elderly and disabled individuals. Such free assistance very often allows care receivers to age safely, independently and with dignity in their homes.
One of the more than 2,000 people ICGMC has helped over the past two decades is Gloria, a senior citizen from East Windsor. Gloria’s individual ICGMC story is shared below — told from the personal perspectives of ICGMC Executive Director Jane Latini; Colleen, who volunteers for ICGMC with her young sons; and Gloria herself:
Interfaith Caregivers’ Executive Director Jane:
“When I first met Gloria, she was weak from having a stroke and heart attack. She told me she had just finished her last bit of food and had been praying that help would come … At that moment, I had the profound realization that we at Interfaith Caregivers are truly the embodiment of God’s loving-kindness.”
“We heard Jane speak at our church and my seven-year-old son elbowed me and said, ‘Mom, we have to join this!’ Now we visit Gloria weekly, bringing groceries, but mostly it’s to have fun. It’s so much more than I expected… It’s a sharing of love on both sides… a mutual respect for humankind and a sharing of love.”
Care Receiver Gloria:
“I was very sick, and just lying around — until I met Jane. I thought she was an angel. Then all wonderful things happened… I met Coleen and her two sons. They visit me, help me, talk to me, laugh with me. Now I’m up walking and doing things. My son died over a year ago… and just the idea of seeing Coleen and her boys coming around here… It’s unbelievable. I love every one of them.”
Become a part of the beautiful and ongoing Interfaith Caregivers story — as a volunteer, donor or care receiver — by visiting www.icgmc.org or calling 609-393-9922.