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Enduring friendship is the secret to feeling vibrant, connected, and engaged.

There is nothing like the feeling one gets when a friend is about to call. The laughter, the stories, sharing the experiences of lives well lived. If you are an older adult or care for someone who is, the phone may not be ringing as often as one would like. That is where Elder Friends Phone Companions comes in. We connect older adults with warm and caring volunteers ready to create lasting relationships.

♥  A Message to our Older Adults, Volunteers and Supporters:

Due to COVID-19, all in-person elder/volunteer activity is temporarily suspended including Visiting Companions, Friendship and Flowers, and social gatherings.

Messages of Inspiration

June 5, 2020

 
Dear Friend,
 
We are grieving the murder of George Floyd and extending our sympathy to his family, friends, and community. We have been deeply shaken by events in the Twin Cities, across the country and around the world over the last week. We cannot disregard that this tragedy is coinciding with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, which already disproportionally affects Black, Brown, and older adult communities.
 
As a social justice organization, we are united in the struggle for equity, inclusion, and justice. We understand that an injustice to one is an injustice to all. We will keep working diligently to hold up our corner of the social justice tent while offering support to our colleagues who share in our vision of love, acceptance, and justice for everyone regardless of race, religion, orientation, gender, or age.
 
We cannot create that climate without addressing the systemic racial inequity in our country. Action is needed not just now, but ongoing in both big and small ways. We encourage you to talk with your family, friends, and community members about the insidiousness of racism and racial inequity, injustice, and discrimination of all types and the violent, prejudicial history of policing.
 
Our commitment: We will listen and respond to our older adult participants, volunteers, community members, and staff, regarding issues of race and systemic racism, inequity, and injustice. We will enact policies that work to dismantle systemic racism and alleviate its impact on our community. We will examine the barriers our communities face in accessing senior-related services, especially for people of color. We will use our collective voice to speak out regularly against injustice.
 
Many of us are donating time and resources to other local organizations that promote racial justice. If you would like to support these organizations here in the Twin Cities, click below for a compiled list by Reclaim the Block or reach out to other grassroots organizations in your area.
 
Thank you for your support.
 

James Falvey
Executive Director

LJ Lorentzen
Board Chair

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