Report from Georgi Opreanu,
Director of Elderly Care
Friendship between generations! Grandchildren at JFL!
month Iíve asked Rebeca, our social worker at JFL 1 & 2
to give a report on a programme that
she started: 'Volunteers for our Grannies''
"Everybody can be great.
Because anybody can serve. You donít have to have a college degree to
serve. You donít have to make your subject and your verb agree to
serveÖ. You donít have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in
physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul
generated by love."
~Martin Luther King,
What Martin Luther King said, is
a lesson that 32 youth from Salonta have understood. They came
with a soul generated by love, with the desire to serve. When I first
thought about encouraging students to come as volunteers
to JFL, to spend at least
one hour a week with the elderly, I was sure
that this will be a great activity for the residents and in the same
time a good opportunity for the younger generation to learn from the
I have to be honest, I hoped
that students would come, but I had my fears. I thought that maybe
teenagers would think that being around elderly people is not too much
fun. They have a lot of options to spend their time on these days. I
thought that maybe this challenge would not be attractive to them, but
I decided to try.
What surprised me was that God brought us devoted volunteers who just
waited for an opportunity to serve. Students from high school who saw
this challenge on the internet, responded quickly even if they didnít
know anyone in our centre. They just wanted to get involved.
After the first girl called,
saying that she wanted to apply, more calls came. One of the
students that came, is a member of the school council and she said she
waited for an opportunity like this to volunteer in her town. She
enjoyed to spend time with the residents and she started to promote
this programme between the students in
school. More and more students came, and from January until now, 32
youth entered our doors and 28 of them engaged to come every week at
least 1 hour for months and some even for a year, through a volunteer
Also, youth from the local
church came to volunteer and on every Monday we started a new
between youth and elderly. Now JFL is full of grandchildren;
everyday students come and go through our doors and they build a
strong friendship with the residents, calling them 'grandparents'! The
students visit them in their rooms, listen to their stories, play
society games, help the elderly to go out for shopping, to the park in
the centre etc. Some of the volunteers came even on Easter day and
to give them presents.
One interesting thing that
amazed me was that the connection between generations is so strong
that some of the volunteers ask for advice from the residents, about
their choices they have to make in life. I can only thank God for
working in this way and personally it's a great satisfaction to see
that wonderful things like this can happen in the town where I grew
up. Through this programme, I see that we can improve not only the
residentís life but also the teenagers. They experience things that
they donít have the chance to see every day. And they can be the voice
in the society! Readers,
(Social Worker - Rebeca Mariscas)
With this report we want to encourage
you to continue to come, because the need is so big and we need more
and more people to get involved so the last days, weeks or months of
our resident's will be more memorable.
The bible says in Luke:
"The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the
Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into
his harvest field. Go!..."
We pray that you are answering His challenge and will come to Romania
to share the love of Jesus.
A big Thank you to all our
volunteers from all over the world, may God fill your life with many
of Smiles Romania
Elderly Centre Oradea (ECO)
Care Centre - Joint Facility of Love,
The Disability Centre
- Joint Facility of Love, Salonta (JFL2)
Adult Assisted Living
Please continue to pray for us to be able to
bless the lives of the elderly that need our help.
have come with
the new salary increase.
For wisdom in all the decisions we
need to take everyday
For loving and committed people to
work in our nursing homes
For the new residents to adapt in the
For God's protection upon all of Smiles staff and beneficiaries;
For sponsors for the social cases that we care for;
For all Smiles staff to be a testimony of Godís love so others
will get to know HIM.
- For financial support to deal with all the challenges that
Please pray for us because when you
pray God hears more than what you say, answers more that we ask,
gives more than we can imagine in His own time and in His own way.
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