While at the Oblates mission, our group had the privilege of visiting their Senior Center. It is one of the most important services the Oblates provide. For seniors a connection with family is very important here. Without it many elderly people can live in abject poverty.
Our group met with many people that live in the area and utilize the senior center on a regular basis. Some people shared with us that their homes have serious leaks or even no roof at all! So when the rains come, home life can be difficult.
Seniors in these situations have minimal income or resources. One lady, in her 90’s, shared her story with us. She still works to make ends meet!
The government can provide elderly citizens financial assistance of up to about $30 per week. However that is barely enough to scrape by on a day-to-day basis.
The Senior Center provides elderly people with spiritual & emotional support, fellowship and meals in a caring environment for people that might otherwise be overlooked by society.