St. Anne’s started The Youth for Elders program as an ongoing endeavor by the Little Sisters of the Poor to engage the youth of our community in learning more about caring for the elderly and learning from their legacy, while appreciating the value of giving. The program encompasses many facets of involvement in our mission of care.
Fundraising: Fundraising often takes many forms. This year, students from several schools in the Bay Area collected much-needed personal hygiene items for our Residents. Some students have even donated money they have raised from candy sales to us for the benefit of our Residents.
Volunteerism: Our youth volunteer program is geared to provide companionship to the elderly who benefit from the friendship of a regular visitor. Volunteers with musical talent often assist in the dining room by entertaining the Residents. Other volunteers help with regularly scheduled activities, such as bingo or craft-making. They also help with folding clothes or in the kitchen or with office duties.
Visits: Children from local schools often visit St. Anne’s as a group. They attend Mass in our chapel, pray the rosary with Residents, and even entertain the Residents during the noon meal.