Java Mentorship is having the opportunity of getting together with a group of friends and sharing our inner feelings with each other.
It gives us the opportunity to share with each other emotionally, physically, and mentally.
Emotionally if a tenant, staff member, family member, care aide, kitchen staff or our volunteers seem to be down and out or sad, it gives us the pleasure of visiting them and talking to them and try to cheer them up. If we can make someone laugh in a happy and calm way it also lifts our hearts and makes us feel that we are wanted and needed.
Physically if we visit we will hold their hand and make them feel that there is someone else there to comfort them.
Mentally—we will read to them, sing with the, play board games, throw balls back and forth, talk to them about their lives and family, take them out for walks when the weather permits. This helps them to keep their minds occupied.
Most of all Java Mentorship is coming together with other members who care as much for you as you do for them.
Pat Gamble, Mentor, Java Mentorship Team at Village by the Station
Penticton, British Columbia, CANADA