Duanesburg Elementary Students Share Cards with Seniors

The students of the Duanesburg Central School District want the many older adults who have been shuttered in their homes throughout the pandemic to know that someone is thinking of them. The school district has partnered with Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services to put cheerful cards and student-written letters in their hands. Duanesburg elementary students made more than 100 cards to be shared with older adults in the greater community through the Meals on Wheels and Congregate Meal Programs. The Duanesburg Jr./Sr. High School’s National Honor Society is preparing a pen pal program that may connect as many as 60 older adults to students starting in April. Students hope that their cards and letters will bring joy to the older adults in their community and bring a greater connection across generations. "It is important for our school to be there for our older community members, just as they support us," Superintendent of Schools James Niedermeier said. "Showing our gratitude in this way is a simple way to tell them that we care about what they are going through during this very difficult time."

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Robotic Therapy Pets

Robotic therapy pets have been found to have remarkable effects on men and women in the middle and later stages of Alzheimer's disease.  Such pets can be found to be calming, and give your loved one an added sense of purpose while caring for the pets. The following is a testimonial from a client on the effects a robotic therapy pet had on his wife.

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Message from Vincent W. Colonno, Chief Executive Officer

Right now, we are grieving – grieving for George Floyd, for Ahmaud Arbery, for Breonna Taylor, for Michael Brown and for countless others who’ve been victimized by racial violence.
 
At Catholic Charities, we denounce racism, violence and hatred. It is a part of our mission to respond to and empower all persons, regardless of race, creed or lifestyle, and to advocate for a just society.
 
We stand with the members of our community who are actively speaking out against racism and who are taking steps to educate and advocate against racism in our country. We believe we can make a difference, but we must continue to be vigilant in addressing racial injustices.
 
We understand that many of you are upset, frustrated, and fearful. Please know that we are with you and we are here for you, especially our black and brown community members, staff, volunteers, and friends. Together, we must build a stronger and better community.
 
Take Care, Stay Safe, and God Bless,
 
 
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Schenectady, NY 12305

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