Seniors Club Spotlight: How You Can Help
By Mischa Milne, Communications Coordinator
MOSAIC’s employees and volunteers are uniting this November to support newcomer youth, seniors, and families in the MOSAIC for Good giving campaign.
The Seniors Club at MOSAIC is one of the essential programs that you can choose to support. Through providing specialized services for seniors and a welcoming environment for immigrant and refugee seniors to connect, the Seniors Club works to address social isolation amongst newcomer seniors.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, immigrant and refugee seniors are particularly vulnerable. In addition to being a high-risk population for COVID-19, isolation from loved ones is a major issue, particularly as language barriers and a lack of access to digital devices present challenges for these seniors.
In recent months, the Seniors Club has shifted to an online English Conversation Circle, Multicultural Seniors Choir practice over Zoom, and virtual information sessions to deliver key information about COVID-19 and other services.
“Every week I look forward to the Zoom lecture that Daisy arranges for us, just like going to the market. The online class provides a platform for us seniors to meet and chat with each other. Also, we learn lots of knowledge such as the health workshop on COVID-19, how to combat the virus, and Green Ambassador training on environmental protection,” said Juan Li, a participant in the Seniors Club.
Your donations to the Seniors Club could help provide Language and culture-specific support for seniors, and crucial technology training in their own language so they can access the support and social programs.
“These workshops and group activities are all beneficial to seniors, helped us to remove loneliness when self-isolating at home. You make our lives full of sunshine and hope,” said Juan.
While there have been challenges with getting seniors connected during the pandemic, MOSAIC staff have seen the positive impact that virtual service delivery has had.
“Seniors’ positive responses to our virtual classes provides evidence that they need even more connection during the pandemic. Particularly with newcomer seniors, they need to stay connected to each other, to their programs, and to the community,” said Daisy Au, Seniors Club Coordinator.
With the funds raised through the MOSAIC for Good Campaign, you can help the Seniors Club continue to support immigrant and refugee seniors like Juan. Pledge your support today.
Here the Seniors Choir continues their singing practice with participation both by video call and in person with distance and face shields (photos from Nov 9, 2020).