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What is the Sunshine Club?
The Sunshine Club is a unique volunteer program under the auspices of Chabad of South Hills designed to bring cheer and companionship into the lives of seniors all throughout South Hills.
Whether for seniors living on their own, in assisted living facilities or convalescent homes, the Sunshine Club matches up caring friends to be there with and for seniors on a weekly or bi-weekly basis – to visit, to assist and to uplift. To share experiences, to spend quality time, to celebrate special occasions and to create wonderful memories together.
It’s not just about visitation. It’s about friendship. It’s about community.
The Visits – A Gift of Mutual Benefit
Whether a senior has family and friends who visit with him or her on a consistent basis or is quite alone in the world, regular visits with a designated Sunshine Club volunteer opens an entire new world of social connection and interaction. A relationship of love and caring, devotion and tenderness, is fostered and built upon.
For the seniors, simply knowing that someone with a kind heart is there to lend a sensitive ear or hold their hand is reason enough for them to smile and feel uplifted – all week long. Activities and pastimes such as reading, studying, letter-writing, crafting or game-playing, or venturing out for neighborhood strolls, can serve as delightful bonuses to Sunshine Club visits.
For the volunteers, there is the boundless sense of satisfaction of performing a deed that is deemed of highest virtue in Judaism – showing due respect for the elderly, helping ensure that their golden years are as pleasant and rewarding as can be. The visits also allow for volunteers to be mentored – to learn the valuable lessons of life’s journeys from those who have traveled its many miles.
Together, seniors and volunteers develop a newfound appreciation for the joys and blessings of life. By sharing personal experiences and accomplishments, they inform and enrich each other’s lives. A mutual gift indeed.
Culture and Tradition
In addition to facilitating and coordinating the visits, the Sunshine Club hosts monthly and seasonal programs for seniors at major assisted living facilities throughout the South Hills.
Seniors living on their own or in smaller residential care centers are invited to participate in these special programs and events as well.