Irish Senior Connect News – April 30, 2012 ^
The Leadership Team of the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers paid a visit to the Irish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday. The group came from Irish immigration and pastoral centers in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago to show their support for the Irish Senior Connect Helpline in Boston.
Siobhan Dennehy, president of the coalition, spoke to helpline volunteers and staff at the conclusion of a half day volunteer training program. She thanked everyone for their commitment to the helpline service. Referring to the success of the listening line in Ireland in giving seniors who felt alone and isolated a way to connect to others, she emphasized the great need for such a service throughout the Irish community here in the United States. Accompanying her were the vice president and national coordinator of the coalition, which is an umbrella agency for all of the Irish immigration centers throughout the United States.
Representatives of the Irish Apostolate also visited the IPC this past week. Geri Garvey and Celine Kennelly took time out from their busy schedules to offer congratulations and support to the Senior Connect Helpline and to the volunteers and staff who are contributing their time and effort to make it a valuable service for Irish and Irish American seniors.
The newest addition to the Irish Pastoral Centre’s growing array of senior services, the helpline will continue to hold ongoing volunteer trainings on issues affecting seniors. Volunteers are still being sought to be part of the service. Along with helping on the listening line, there are opportunities to assist with administrative and advertising projects. If you have a couple of hours a week available, and would like to help, please call Susan Doody, Coordinator, at 857-266-8133 or send an email to email@example.com.
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