"SENIORS HAVE DREAMS TOO" PROGRAM
"We are like the make the wish foundation but for seniors."
-Sally Smith, Seniors Have Dreams Too. source: WTNH Interview Seniors Have Dreams Too.
"The inspiration for Seniors Have Dreams Too Inc., was Shirley, an accomplished artist, residing in a skilled nursing facility who had never had her own art exhibit. We arranged for her to have a 'one woman' art show at a local cafe. She had a champagne reception with family and friends. The show lasted a week and Shirley sold two paintings. She was just delighted!"
Examples of senior wishes may include gifts for seniors such as: free tickets to sports events or a show, a free trip to see family or friends, learning a new activity such as painting or drawing, etc.
To qualifying for a senior wish recipients must fulfill the following:
-Minimum of 70 years old
-United States Citizen
-Annual income at or below the current federal government poverty level
-Must be cognitively, emotionally, physically capable of communicating and experiencing the 'wish'
-Must be referred by a Community Agency
-Wishes granted to applicant only
-Verification of age, citizenship, income and a physicians letter verifying mental and physical condition are necessary and must accompany the application
The ‘Seniors Have Dreams Too’ Program does not grant the following types of wishes:
Home repairs, bill payments or cash requests, medical items including surgery or
pharmaceutical items, political, legal or Dangerous in nature.
Volunteers are needed to help make a wish come true for seniors by donating their time and skills to help arrange sponsors, fundraising and organizing details to carry out senior wish requests.
“The goal of the ‘Seniors Have Dreams Too’ Program is to make a difference in the lives of elders who often feel isolated and dis-empowered and to create opportunities for those with limited resources to experience a life long dream.”
MAKE A WISH SENIOR DREAMS PROGRAMS:
Honor Flight Network Program - Across the United States. Transporting America's war veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.
Forever Young Program- Across the United States. A make a wish program for senior veterans, 65 years and older granting wishes and unfulfilled dreams.
Dream Foundation Dream Granting Program - Across the United States. A make a wish type program making dreams come true for seniors and adults suffering life-limiting illness.
Second Wind Dreams Program- Across the United States and Canada. Senior residents of long-term care facilities or hospice have their dreams come true with the help of this make a wish type program.
Wish of a Lifetime Program - Across the United States. A make a wish program that partners with Brookdale Senior Living granting tailored senior dreams and wishes that fulfill anything from basic needs, thrill seeking activities to life long dreams.
Seniors Dreams Program - Ontario, Canada. Helps seniors living in the community and nursing homes to achieve life long dreams or to simply make a wish happen
Twilight Wish Program - Across the United States. To honor and enrich the lives of elderly living in nursing homes by granting senior dreams through a make a wish type model. To help make dreams come true for those seniors in nursing homes who do not have the ability on their own to do the types of activities they would like to do.
Intergenerational Education Wish Granting Initiative -Across the United States. Intergenerational wish program where students interact with seniors throughout the process by meeting and learning what senior's wishes are, organizing fundraising to help purchase senior dreams and finally present wishes to seniors.
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