Posted at: 10/01/2013 5:48 PM
By: Brianna Long
Help Coming to Byron Elderly
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Some Byron residents are going to be getting some extra help, now that a new program is starting up in their community.
76-year-old Jackie Sanneman has been living in Byron for 54 years. But since her husband passed away five years ago, she's been living on her own.
"Have a ride to the clinic to go see a doctor, to have some help cleaning, washing windows," said Jackie.
It's everyday chores like that, that Jackie could use some help with. Now, that help is here, in the form of a new program called Byron Neighbors Helping Neighbors.
"The Byron Neighbors Helping Neighbors is about helping older adults in Byron remain living in their own homes," said Brenda Walker with Family Service Rochester.
It's a program the community as a whole seems to be helping out with, including the Byron High School Student Council.
"Helping them with fall chores, spring chores that sort of thing. Things that they can't do anymore," said Nick Laning, the student council president.
The program will be funded for the next three years by a state grant. The hope is that this will be a model program.
"This is one of the newer programs like this of its kind. There's been a few other of these demonstration projects and we're really hoping that as its success we can replicate it in other small towns around the area," said Walker.
So that many more seniors can get the same help, Jackie says, she is grateful for.
"I see a need for a lot of people that don't have anybody to help them. This is wonderful. I just can't say enough good about it."
This program is a partnership among several area organizations, including Family Service Rochester.
If you or anyone you know are interested in learning more about the Byron Neighbors program, you can visit their website at http://byronneighbors.org/