fiscally sponsored by impact hub houston
SeniorConnect by Amazing Bond
Seniors are dying of loneliness. 13.5 million seniors live alone, and their isolation is often cited as a contributing factor to seniors over 85 having the second-highest suicide rate in the U.S. At the same time, college and high school students’ emotional distress and loneliness are at an all-time high.
SeniorConnect alleviates social isolation among seniors and enhances the well-being of this vulnerable population, while simultaneously allowing students to benefit from their elders’ wisdom and experiences.
Give now to help our seniors and students connect to healthier lives, enhanced well-being, and better outcomes!
HELP OUR SENIORS & STUDENTS MEANINGFULLY CONNECT & THRIVE
SeniorConnect alleviates social isolation among seniors and enhances the well-being of this vulnerable population, while simultaneously allowing students to benefit from their elders’ wisdom and experiences. We train and empower high school and college students to provide often-isolated seniors with personal connection through regularly-scheduled phone calls and meaningful conversations. This one-to-one connection supports the mental health of all participants and forms relationships that bring generations together.
We created SeniorConnect in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to make a difference for isolated seniors. In Spring of 2020, we were working in person with seniors, teaching them therapeutic art, yoga, and tai chi. As the pandemic took hold, we were unable to see our seniors and they were isolated in their rooms. Knowing we still wanted to help them, and seeing how many more seniors COVID forced into further isolation — then learning about the increased senior suicides in our area — we started SeniorConnect to help stop this slide and create more positive outcomes for our elders. We started training and matching college students with seniors to engage in meaningful 30-minute conversations each week by phone. What we found in one semester is that it not only makes a difference for the seniors; it also makes a difference for the students, helping them improve their interpersonal skills and confidence. So it became a truly intergenerational program.
We are currently raising funds to help 300 seniors get personal connection and support by the end of 2021.
Why Support This: To Improve Health & Well-Being for Seniors & Students
- Seniors are dying of loneliness. 13.5 million seniors live alone, and their isolation is often cited as a contributing factor to seniors over 85 having the second-highest suicide rate in the U.S.
- Due to the increasing uncertainty about their futures compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, college and high school students’ emotional distress and loneliness are at an all-time high.
- Our elders and youth deserve the ability to live as valued, supported members of a connected and thriving community, which, in turn, creates a thriving society for us all.
From our pilot program, seniors said they felt younger and had more vitality after their calls; and the students said they learned interpersonal skills that have helped them become more confident in work interviews and networking.
We have helped over a hundred seniors and students in 2020. With your help, we can serve 150 new senior and student pairs in 2021, ramping up to 600 seniors and students total by the end of the year. Throughout the program, we perform continuous checkpoints to ensure the success of all participants.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Impact Hub Houston’s fiscal sponsorship of this project allows you to:
- Make a tax-deductible donation to support the SeniorConnect program delivered by Amazing Bond.
- Certify that funds will help provide seniors and students in the Greater Houston area with meaningful connection, engagement, training and support.
YOU CAN MAKE A ONE-TIME OR RECURRING DONATION OF ANY AMOUNT, OR BECOME A SPONSOR AT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING LEVELS …
- Rotary phone: $36
- Banana phone: $72
- Flip phone: $144
- Smart phone: $288
- SuperConnector: $576
- Sponsor 10 Senior-Student Pairs at $2880!
HEAR HOW WE’VE HELPED …
Truitt Williams, UH Enactus Volunteer
“I am immensely grateful for the opportunity I’ve had this semester to work with Amazing Bond on this program. It was a fulfilling experience to share our time with seniors – especially during such a tumultuous year. I must be clear though too that we weren’t the only ones sharing. Our seniors have lifetimes of knowledge, experiences, and wisdom that touched me as I got to know Paul and his story. I know that we’ve been capable of creating special moments for our seniors, and that they enjoyed this just as much as we have.”
“SeniorConnect has connected me with the new generation. Interacting weekly with Scott has made me feel younger because of our fun conversations. I consider him as a family because we share similar life experiences. We’re able to express how it affects us and step out of our comfort zones. It’s the highlight of my week, and I’m glad I was selected to be his senior.”
SENIORCONNECT PROJECT ROADMAP …
Amazing Bond partnered with University of Houston. SeniorConnect benefitted 10 seniors and 10 college students at an 85% success rate. Seniors reported feeling they felt more vital and younger. One senior reported ” It is the thing I look most forward to in my week!” College students saw an increase in their confidence and said they felt more prepared for job interviews and creating relationships in the workplace.
SeniorConnect is benefiting 100 seniors( and that number is growing) and 100 trained college and high school students(and that number is growing). We partner with Houston-area YMCA, Interfaith Ministries: Meals on Wheels, The Post Oak School, University of Houston, National Charity League and other local schools.
SeniorConnect will add 10 more partnerships to benefit 400 seniors. Students will be trained to draft an Oral History with their senior to improve their writing skills and recognize the senior’s life experience.
Launch SeniorConnect In-Home Technology Coaching Initiative for home-based seniors, helping older adults use smartphone apps for social connection and accessing resources.
SeniorConnect will add 10 more partnerships to benefit 500 seniors.
Continue Oral History and SeniorConnect In-Home Technology Coaching initiatives.
SUPPORT SENIORCONNECT by AMAZING BOND
AmazingBond helps seniors thrive. Their offerings improve health outcomes, lower medical bills and provide connection, giving seniors a future to live into. AmazingBond offers transformative classes of therapeutic art, therapeutic and gentle yoga and tai chi to seniors and caregivers. And they get proven results!