Neighbor Love, INC: An Elderly Love

When loved ones get older and are not able to care for themselves, some are put into rest homes. These facilities provide the necessary assistance for day to day living. However, some residents are dropped off and rarely see their families. This can have negative effects on both their health and self-esteem. Luckily a non-profit organization, Neighbor Love INC., steps in to help.

Neighbor Love INC. is an organization sprouted from E Cubed International. The group’s foundation is found in the Christian faith. Their purpose is:

To serve as the hands and feet of Christ by creating and supporting: Social, Medical and Ministry organizations. (E Cubed website)

Neighbor Love volunteer Wendy Lambert says, “People don’t care what you know until they know that you care.” She has personal experience with seeing the joy on patients’ faces when she comes to visit them and bring them a bag of goodies. Their chapter in Danville,IL serves all four nursing homes in the city as well at the V.A. They see the residents multiple times during the year, especially around holidays like Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Veteran’s Day, as well as Mother’s and Father’s Day. The bags they deliver contain items like socks, lotion, snacks, as well as activity books. These items are both bought by Neighbor Love as well as donated. A special addition to the Valentine’s delivery included handmade cards and decorated bags from children from the local Lutheran school as well as stuffed animals.

To hear more about how Neighbor Love brings smiles to residents’ faces, please listen to my story here.

 

 Reflection:


This was an amazing project that I really enjoyed doing. I learned so much about the older generation and how to help them. It was moving to see how each resident reacted to receiving their bag and just talking with another person. When I left Colonial Manner, I was so moved and about in tears because of how great of an experience this was. Sometimes when you are busy with everyday life, you forget about the people who might not have much going on and it can be very lonely. Overall, I loved this assignment!

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WHEN LOVED ONES ARE UNABLE TO CARE FOR THEMSELVES, THEY END UP IN NURSING HOMES AND THEIR CARE NOW IN THE HANDS OF TRAINED PERSONNEL.

HOWEVER, THEIR DAYS CAN GET LONELY WHEN FAMILY MEMBERS STOP VISITING.

THIS IS WHERE NEIGHBOR LOVE, INK. COMES IN. THEY ARE A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT BRINGS GOODY BAGS FOR THE RESIDENTS AND SPENDS TIME WITH THEM.

 

TAKE NAT SOUND: WENDY (:03)

 

WENDY LAMBERT HAS BEEN VOLUNTEERING WITH NEIGHBOR LOVE FOR SIX YEARS AND SAYS COMMUNITIES SHOULD CARE ABOUT THEIR ELDERLY.(:23)

 

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“SO IT’S IMPORTANT TO US TO INVOLVE THE COMMUNITY BUT ALSO, YOU KNOW, HAVE THEM INVOLVED WITH THE OLDER PEOPLE, THE OLDER GENERATION BECAUSE THERE’S A TREASURE THERE THAT I THINK THEY’RE MISSING.” (:11)

 

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NEIGHBOR LOVE MAKES RESIDENTS FEEL IMPORTANT. (:03)

 

 

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“BECAUSE THEY GET DROPPED OFF THERE AND A LOT OF TIMES THEY DON’T GET ANY VISITORS, YOU KNOW? SO WE DON’T WANT THEM TO THINK WE HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT THEM.” (:07)

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FOR A LONLEY RESIDENT, HAVING SOMEONE VISIT THEM CAN MEAN A LOT. (:03)

 

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“SO WHEN YOU SHOW THEM THAT YOU CARE ABOUT THEM, IT KIND OF CHANGES THEIR ATTITIUDE A BIT. AND IF WE CAN BRING A SUNSHINE TO THEIR FACE THEN IT’S WONDERFUL. (:11)

 

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JENNIFER BEAVER IS AN ACTIVITY AID AT COLONIAL MANOR IN DANVILLE, ILLINOIS. SHE SAYS HER RESIDENTS ARE OVERJOYED WHEN NEIGHBOR LOVE VISITS. (:08)

 

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“A LOT OF OUR RESIDENTS ARE JUST HAPPY TO SEE PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, OTHER PEOPLE. SOMETIMES RESIDENTS DON’T HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS THAT COME TO SEE THEM” (:06)

 

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BEAVER SAYS GIFTS AND CHATTER REALLY HELP THE SPIRITS OF HER PATIENTS. (:04)

 

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“THE FACT THEY’RE BRING GIFTS AND STUFF; A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T GET GIFTS HERE. SO THAT DEFINITELY BRIGHTENS THEIR DAY AND MAKES THEM MORE CHEERFUL.” (:11)

 

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GIFTS CAN SET THEM UP FOR A BETTER DAY. (:02)

 

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“IF SOMEONE IS HAVING BEHAVIORS AND STUFF AND SOMEONE BRINGS THEM A GIFT THAT CAN CHANGE THEIR WHOLE MOOD IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. AND THAT’S A BIG PART OF IT, JUST BOOSTING THEIR SELF-ESTEEM AND THEIR HAPPINESS FOR THE DAY.” (:13)

 

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“DON’T JUST DISGARD THEM, YOU KNOW. EMBRACE THEM AND LOVE THEM, YOU KNOW, AND CHERISH THEM BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT HERE FOREVER.” (:07

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SPREADING LOVE AND KINDNESS ONE BAG AT A TIME. FOR OFF THE SHELF AND ONLINE, I’M CASSANDRA SMITH. (:06)

 

 

One thought on “Neighbor Love, INC: An Elderly Love

  1. Griffin, Timothy Kyle

    Hey Cassandra!

    Upset I missed your presentation in class, but based off your blog, I’m sure it was stellar! This piece is really awesome and that organization is really unique. You include some great soundbites throughout the story. One little tip of advice: try using those audio transitions like constant gain or constant power on Adobe Premiere so you have little more of a flow from soundbite to soundbite. Overall, great piece though!

    Keep up the good work!

    Tim Griffin

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