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                                                                                                                                                                                    April 2022

We are on the cusp of Spring. The Omicron wave has subsided. As temperatures rise and Covid mandates loosen, our hopes and desires for a return to normal blossom once again. Throughout the surges and variants, lockdowns and openings, the older adults of SOWN have weathered the tempest of the pandemic.

Mask or no mask, our participants’ lives are compounded by loneliness, depression and the lurking terror of drugs and crime in our communities.

Donors, such as you, enable us to provide essential social services to our participants. Can we count on your support in 2022?

We would like to share with you some of the hard lessons and hopeful thoughts of our participants, and the direct impact SOWN has on their lives.

Gerri* is a 75 year old SOWN participant, raising 2 grandchildren ages 7 & 10:

“2021 Reflections: I’m going to say this: 2021 was a very bad year. So much killing every night, a lot of robbing and home invasions.

Hope for 2022: I hope and pray for 2022 that everyone gets together, our families, friends, and neighbors, and everyone sticks together. I hope we get in touch with each other and give our help.

Every week, I looked forward to my SOWN group session so I didn't feel isolated.  The support from the other grandparents is priceless.”

SOWN advocates for a world in which people of all races, ages, cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities, and abilities are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. We work to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion across the lifespan. Ageism, sexism, and racism stand as barriers for the majority of our participants: older, minority women. SOWN will continue to work toward eliminating structural barriers, specifically the intersection of ageism, racism, and sexism.

Will you stand with SOWN and donate today?

Sara, 84 years old and living alone, shared in her SOWN peer counseling group: 

 

“2021 Reflections: I was amazed by how resilient we are as a country. It’s like the Great Depression, going through all of this.  

 

Hope for 2022: I hope we keep recovering. 

 

My SOWN group gives me someone to talk to and someone to listen to.  It actually makes me feel better.  I appreciate SOWN.” 

 

Think of the loneliness & isolation you have experienced the past two years. Imagine also being 80 years old, living alone, and coping with chronic health concerns.

Hazel, aged 80 is a grandparent who is raising her granddaughter:

“2021 Reflection: I was finally able to get my granddaughter the proper classification so she could learn better. SOWN helped to find the services she needed.

Hope for 2022: I am optimistic about 2022, but I am still afraid. This new variant is very scary and the symptoms are confusing. Do I have a cold or do I have the virus? I’ve lived through a lot and I’m still here. I have to stay strong for my grandchildren. I hope SOWN will be here for me.”

As a SOWN supporter, you keep the lights on and the staff working. As one grandparent expressed as her hope for 2022: 

 

“I just want things to be back to normal. I want to be around people and laugh like we used to.”

We too want things to be back to normal, but regardless, SOWN will be here to provide critical services for older adults. Isolation and loneliness are serious concerns we address. Your support allows us to do so.  

 

Thank you for considering a gift to SOWN.

 

With sincere thanks,

 

                                    

            Marypat Tracy, LCSW                                   Denise McKnight, CPA

            Executive Director                                         Chair, Board of Directors

 

P.S. Do you know we developed our own mobile app for older adults to connect to our services? Learn about the SOWN Connect app here.

*All names in this letter have been changed to protect privacy.

 

Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. The official registration and financial information of SOWN may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling, toll free, within Pennsylvania,

1 (800) 732-0999.   

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