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Senior Stories

Senior Stories

  • You helped Joyce discover that aging has options

    After Joyce’s husband died, she found she needed a safe, affordable place to live. Our Edward J. Reynolds House, a residence for low-income seniors in Belfast, Maine, fit the bill — offering an attractive one-bedroom apartment, a friendly community of neighbors, and a convenient setting near the downtown area. Today, Joyce is a remarkable example of staying active and engaged. She swims at the local YMCA, creates...

  • In 2011 You Helped Jeannette Find a Place to Call Home

    Growing older was bringing on new challenges for Jeannette. Now retired and living alone, she wanted to find a place where she could remain independent. She did not want to live with her children. Qualified for affordable senior housing, Jeannette began her search, envisioning a place like home — welcoming, safe, and clean. "I had lived in two other places before,” she says. “The first one felt more like an institution than a home.

  • Meet Iona Osnoe, Veteran, Volunteer and Westrum House Resident

    At age 90, Iona Osnoe rests comfortably in her chair and looks back over her long life. “It’s true,” she says with a smile. “A lot has happened!” Iona is a resident of Volunteers of America’s Westrum House, an affordable senior community in Topsham, Maine. But she is also a veteran of the U.S. armed forces and has been a volunteer for a variety of programs sponsored by Volunteers of America.