Isaiah has been with the Senior Companion Program since 2011. He learned about the program from another Senior Corps volunteer. He says of his work with Catholic Charities West Michigan that it is “one of the best decisions I ever made was to follow up on the suggestion to apply to the Senior Companion program.”
CCWM Senior Corps programs such as Senior Companions and Foster Grandparents, are part of the Corporation for National & Community Service that connect 55+ volunteers with the people and organizations that need them most. Isaiah serves at Daybreak Adult Services in their day program which engages an average of 32 developmentally impaired adults each day. His service and presence has inspired and encouraged many additional participants in the program. The program supervisor states “He brings joy to their day just with his smile and his listening ear. He talks with the participants, really talks and listens. For them, that is a gift – just to be heard.”
Isaiah knows he makes a difference because his clients are more involved in activities and look forward to participating in his program. He is grateful to have the opportunity to “give back” by serving with Catholic Charities West Michigan in a way that is meaningful to him and brings joy to the people he interacts with.