Intergenerational Rosh Hashanah Deliveries and Visits

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DOROT's 650 volunteers brought Rosh Hashanah packages and companionship to isolated older adults living in Manhattan and Westchester.

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DOROT hosted its annual Rosh Hashanah package delivery. On the Upper East and West Sides, as well as in Westchester, volunteers of all ages visited with older adults and shared stories and holiday treats. This event helps alleviate social isolation and brings the generations together, all while helping seniors welcome in the Jewish New Year.

Package deliveries bring companionship and friendship to isolated older adults, just as DOROT has been doing for 40 years. Rosh Hashanah packages are filled with grape juice; honey; fruit; traditional candles; other food staples; a card and calendar; and are always accompanied by a friendly volunteer.

A senior shared the following with a DOROT staff member: “Thank you very much for my visitors, Maddie and her colleague. They delivered a delicious holiday package and spent about an hour trading life stories with me. The package programs are in themselves a most welcome gift. The volunteers delivering them are a blessing to me. With virtually no visitors at this stage of life, the program relieves the loneliness caused by friends and relatives passing away. I received a birthday cake and visitor for my 80th birthday in August and look forward to the Springtime Passover package delivery brought by one or two of your delightful volunteers.”

DOROT’s Rosh Hashanah package delivery occurs annually, as do other seasonal package deliveries. They bring vital services to elders at moments when their loneliness may be exacerbated by having to spend holidays alone or having not had a visitor in a while.

DOROT is a social service agency dedicated to alleviating social isolation among older adults by providing services to help them live independently as valued members of the community. DOROT received the 2017 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence which recognized DOROT as a pioneer in uniting the generations and making communities better places to live.

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