“Start by doing what is necessary, continuing to do what is possible; and suddenly you will be doing the impossible” San Francisco de Asis.
Earlier this month the Privilege Family in Santo Domingo participated in the sixth activity planned within the Privilege Gives campaign for this year. This time around and having clear goals, when it comes to social responsibility and well-being, the San Francisco de Asís home for adults was chosen.
This institution has demands that cannot be met. Whether it is due to lack of economic resources, or the number of guests that require care. Many of which who are not visited by their relatives. Especially due to lack of economic resources, or because they simply do not want to have them in their homes.
The San Francisco de Asis home for adults offers permanent residence with comprehensive and specialized care for older adults of all genders. Both self-sufficient or with physical or mental disabilities, who are in financial difficulties.
The home is in charge of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Abandoned Elders, founded in Spain in 1873; it currently has two houses in the Dominican Republic, one in Santo Domingo and the other in Jarabacoa.
The facilities can host up to 275 patients, and 10 religious are responsible for caring for them in bodies and souls. They also host a group of candidates that hope to devote themselves to the church.
As part of the Privilege Gives campaign, carrying a feeling of empathy, we approached the home with the purpose of supporting the daily tasks of the Sisters. Among the contributions, wheelchairs, walkers, cleaning materials, hygiene products and food were donated. Of course, entertainment was not skipped. As the team organized a fun afternoon of domino matches, one of the customary table games in the DR.
We hope to have made a positive impact on this community. As a final reflection, we invite families to be close to their loved ones who are over the third age.