Yvonne Davis - September 2014
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Yvonne Davis starts each morning by taking a walk along the Sacramento River. Every day she wished she could put her toes in the water, something she had never tried before. When Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ (SFBFS) volunteer Marsha Kawahara stopped by for their weekly visit during the week of Yvonne’s 80th birthday, the pair decided to go for one of their longer walks down the levy. Yvonne shared her dream of putting her feet in the river.
“What timing,” Marsha said. “Yvonne told me that it was on her bucket list to put her feet in the river. So we walked to the levy and I found a safe spot for us to access the water. I’m happy that I helped her cross one exciting thing off her list!”
“That was something I always wanted to do,” Yvonne says. “I got that out of my system and I am so glad I got to do it with Marsha.”
Yvonne’s husband passed away in 2009 leaving Yvonne to live alone. Her children settled in the Midwest and visit from Wisconsin once or twice per year. “It took me some time to gain confidence in doing things on my own,” Yvonne says. She slowly began to reach out to her community for help with daily tasks.
Yvonne now attends a weekly bible study and sees her neighbors a few times each week. With those activities and visits from SFBFS volunteer, Marsha, Yvonne feels much more confident in her ability to live independently. Marsha brings groceries from SFBFS, including fresh fruits and vegetables, during one of her monthly visits. “The food sure comes in handy,” Yvonne says.
SFBFS’ Senior program focuses on the importance of nutrition and social interaction for seniors who do not have families or friends nearby with limited access to senior-oriented resources. All seniors are referred to SFBFS from Eskaton’s Telephone Reassurance Program and thank volunteers repeatedly for the food and companionship.
Our Senior program serves isolated seniors by empowering individuals to maintain their independence, become more active and build relationships with their volunteer visitors. In return, volunteers are rewarded with the knowledge that their time and efforts greatly increase the happiness and health of each senior they serve.
Visiting at least three times each month for the past year, Yvonne and Marsha developed a close bond. “Marsha is a keeper,” Yvonne shares. “I look forward to our conversations and her companionship every week. I feel more confident going for a longer walk when she’s with me.”
Please know your support of SFBFS through the Senior program ensures food and companionship make it to those who need it most.
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