I moved to Sandwich in April of this year after living in the country outside Leland for the last 16 years. Since I lost my husband of 54 years almost 3 years ago, I felt very lonely and isolated out in the country. Now I live in town and feel very citified. I have street lights, curbs, sidewalks and neighbors—yeah!
I have also discovered Fox Valley Older Adult Services—what a blessing this has been for me! I volunteer every Thursday in the kitchen and am truly enjoying working with Sally, Diane and Maria. They prepare such good food and we have such fun doing it. Donna is helping me learn how to use my laptop computer. She is such a patient and nice person. Since I discovered FVOAS I’ve made so many new friends as well as getting reacquainted again with so many old friends.
My husband and I spent 5 to 6 months each year at our winter home in Mission, Texas. This year is the first time I’m not going—I’m enjoying myself and am so busy that I’ve decided to just stay home. My daughter was so worried about me staying home. She said I don’t want you sitting all winter alone, staring at 4 walls and reading books. I promised her I would not do that and would find something to do. Well, I have done exactly that and I couldn’t be happier or more content! She called the other night when I was out on a bonding trip—what a great time that was! The next day she called and left the message, “Mom, are you ever home?”
She is happy for me and I’m happy too! Sandwich people are so lucky to have FVOAS right here. What a great place and service for all of us!
(October 24, 2014)
Forrest “Jack” Fischer
I started coming to Fox Valley Older Adult Services in 2001 with my wife Pauline. She had been coming for a few years prior to that. We came in for lunch often and took some day trips. Pauline was also in the line dancing class.
Now that Pauline has passed away, I’m pretty much on my own so I go to the Center for lunch and conversations—there is always someone to talk to. I have met some very good friends and, as it happens at our age, I’ve also lost some very dear friends along the way.
There are plenty of activities that are available. I have enjoyed the computer classes and the young men that taught them. I enjoy our evening where we go out to a different restaurant each month and some of the day trips that are available.
I have had the opportunity to visit other senior centers, but there is something special about this one. I think it has to do with the staff—you just know they have your best interest at heart and will take care of your needs.
There are just not enough words to express my gratitude for what FVOAS has done for me.
Forrest “Jack” Fischer
(June 25, 2014)