Hope Today helps elderly and disabled members of the community who live alone by offering the emotional, material and spiritual support necessary for them to live with a continued sense of dignity and self-worth. Hope Today began as an Aging with Dignity pilot project in May 2005 and currently serves people in rural Wakulla and Franklin counties in North Florida.
Mother Teresa once was asked what she believed was the world’s greatest disease. Was it AIDS? Cancer? Leprosy? “No,” she replied. “The greatest disease is loneliness – to be alone and without friends, family or any human touch.”
In too many parts of the country, elderly people live alone and in near-poverty. Experts say those who are poor and alone are often the first to be placed in publicly-funded long term care facilities even though they would prefer to live independently. Hope Today volunteers locate and care for those elderly who live alone and who often feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for and forgotten by society. It mobilizes caring volunteers to offer them compassion, material assistance and friendship.
The Hope Today goal is to restore and reaffirm the human dignity that may have been lost. Through Hope Today Connections we work to build much-needed networks of support.
Hope Today not only benefits those served, it is also of great value to those who serve. These volunteers receive the gift of being able to give – a practical, tangible way to show their love and concern. Hope Today volunteers gain life-changing, hands-on experience caring for or spending time with someone who is sick or in need.