A group of 30 young men in Norwalk decided to make the Easter season special for 30 seniors served by Catholic Charities.
The Norwalk Squires of Circle 4552, a group of young men ages 13 to 17 associated with the Knights of Columbus, delivered small gifts and Easter cards to senior citizens in the Catholic Charities Guardianship program.
The Squires called it Project Resurrection, an idea presented by the circle’s Chief Squire, Matthew Schild.
“Since we participated in Project Bethlehem during Christmas time, Matt thought we should do something similar during Easter,” said Paul Depinet, the Squires’ counselor.
Catholic Charities staff members, Allison McDonald, Marjorie Cassidy and Carol Wheeler, compiled a list of 30 guardianship clients who resided in eight different nursing home facilities in Clyde, Bellevue, Milan, Norwalk and Sandusky for the Squires to visit and deliver gifts.
Catholic Charities provides legal guardianship services for adults age 55 and older who suffer from dementia or other illnesses that limit their decision making capacity. Seniors in the program have no appropriate family to make decisions for their medical care and estate.
“It was lovely to witness young men take time to extend compassion to an elderly individual,” said Carol Wheeler, Program Coordinator for Catholic Charities’ Adult Advocacy Services.
The young men who participated in Project Resurrection said the program had a positive impact on their lives. Many of them expressed how they would like to do Project Resurrection again and how nice it was to visit the elderly.
“I remember visiting several people who were very thankful for visiting them and bringing them something,” said Squire Matt in his refection about the visits. “We also saw and visited other people there, and they were grateful. Many of these people do not get visits very often or not at all. We should not only visit them for the Easter season, but we should try to have it [Project Resurrection] year round.”
Squire Sam said his favorite part about Project Resurrection was “brightening the seniors citizens’ day and seeing their reaction to our presence.”
Sam goes on to say, “It was a great experience because I believe it had a positive impact on my life.”
“The seniors were delighted to have young people visit and engage in conversation with them. It meant the world to our clients who live in nursing homes with little visitation from family or friends,” Carol said.
Learn more about our Guardianship Program and how to become a volunteer.