Phyllis Brown – Wellness Program
DOROT volunteer since: 2008
How did you get involved with DOROT?
I am geriatric social worker. I have led groups for seniors for 10 years all over NYC. A group I ran at The Jewish Home and Hospital ended, and Karen Fuller (the Director of Health and Nutrition Services at DOROT) graciously offered to host those participants and since then the group has grown and blossomed.
What type of volunteer activities do you do?
I run a group at DOROT called “Reminiscence and Life Review.” The purpose of the group is to look back on past experiences, to engage in a process that lifts self esteem, to validate personal achievements, to gain a new perspective on old times, and to share with and learn from others.
In what ways has your DOROT volunteer experience impacted your life?
For me, it has been very rewarding to see how the group has grown by word of mouth and the commitment that participants have to attending the group.
What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?
I am motivated by my commitment to the field of geriatrics and the opportunity to inspire older people to view their lives in a positive way and to facilitate that process.
Most memorable volunteer moment?
Whenever someone tells me that they have remembered something they haven’t thought about in a long time and the smile it puts on their face.
What would you want other volunteers to know about volunteering at DOROT?
The program has been designed by Karen with a real enrichment quality to DOROT’s mission. The group I lead helps expose isolated seniors to the opportunity to expand their awareness of themselves and their place in the world today.
Anything else you would like to share?
In the future I would like the Friendly Visitors to be trained to share this type of interaction with the people they visit. I want people to know the value of opening up this sort of dialogue.
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