This email and Year-end report is a Thank you to many people.
It is a Thank you to all our volunteers. It is because of their volunteer efforts that Smile On Seniors has accomplished so much this past year.
It is a Thank you to our financial supporters. They enable Smile On Seniors to be able to service the Jewish Seniors in Arizona.
It is a Thank you to you. You support us and spread the word of our vital community work.
This email however is not meant to make any one feel good about themselves. Yes, below you will see a lot of what we have accomplished in our second year, however it is not meant to placate us. We are not satisfied with our work. Smile On Seniors continues to grow by leaps and bounds providing more programs than ever before, however we will not sit back looking at our accomplishments. We will only look back as we move forward and onward offering more and more to the Active Adult and Senior Communities in Arizona.
Please look through this email and see for yourself why the buzz in Arizona is about Smile On Seniors.
Best wishes for a Happy New Year! A Year with even more success than the previous year!
Rabbi Levi & Chani
PS View our latest event pictures from Chanukah by clicking here.
Notable Quotes from 2011:
We think you're great! Keep up the good work! - The Chris Ridge Residents
"I didnt realize how much I would get out of it" - Lauren S; volunteer
She's just a little gift that has come into my life and I feel very blessed. - Nancy W; volunteer
It was a wonderful session this afternoon, the Rabbi is so stimulating and I enjoyed every moment of it. Thank you so much for all your preparations, it was lovely. - Resident at ARTE
I am happy that you received our donation. You were wonderful and we were very appreciative. - Michele A
Chani - you rocked it! We had such a great time - thank you again and see you very soon, and often! - Michele H. "Life Enrichment Director", Sunrise Senior Living
In the News
This past year we have been featured with pictures and blurbs in our local Jewish News of Greater Phoenix. You will see some of their articles and pictures peppered throughout this year end report.
Smile On Seniors of Arizona was also featured in an Internationaly syndicated News article by Chabad.org/news.
"Chani Levertov, co-director of the SOS affiliate in Phoenix, Ariz., said that every match makes “a wonderful story.”
“It’s beautiful how people connect,” she related. “I get lots of phone calls from volunteers thanking me for letting them become a part of the program. They feel they gain even more than the seniors they visit.”
Echoing this sentiment herself, Levertov added that she has a “buddy” as well."
A new day has dawned for the golden age Jewish population in Phoenix and environs. Smile on Seniors is a volunteer fueled organization dedicated to enriching the lives of seniors in our midst. SOS offers a friendly
visitation program by twinning volunteers with a senior “buddy” as well as a host of other services.
We constantly are looking for more volunteers and are very greatful to those already volunteering.
Purim Lecture at Chris Ridge with JFCS
A lecture for the residents of Chris Ridge and the JFCS's Senior program.
Why do we celebrate Purim. Is it the Jewish Holloween?
What do you do when a group of Seniors wants to recite Kol Nidrei?
You send a Rabbi!
Thank you Rabbi Leibel Krinsky for leading Kol Nidrei at Tuscany!
We also sent out to all our Senior Living Communities copies of Yizkor for those Seniors that can't make it to Services over the holidays.
Sukkot Events Roundup
Our "Sukkot Under the Sky" Sukkah Party was a blast. We filled our Sukkah up and look forward to next years party. Thank you to all the Senior Living facilities that participated and to all our volunteers who attended and helped.
A special Thank You to 2 Sponsors:
Simply Scrumptious Catering - Saville and Susan Levy
What do people who want to learn more about Smile On Seniors do?
What do people who want to become a Smile On Seniors volunteer do?
They come to our Open Orientation.
Last year we held 2 Open Orientations and signed up 20! new volunteers!
What will the New Year bring?!
A senior moves to the valley and never joined a membership congregation.
A family needs Pastoral care and doesnt know who to turn to.
A Senior Living Community has Judaic questions.
Smile On Seniors provides all the Rabbinic Services a family or Senior may need.
Every year people are turning to us to find out information. To ask a question. To run a service.
We are here to help. There are no fees involved either!
Smile On Seniors exists to service the needs of the Jewish Seniors throughout Arizona.
Most Jewish Seniors living in Senior Living Communities are offered no Jewish programs or services.
Smile On Seniors fills this void. Every year we add more communities that we service.
We have also taken an initiative this year to add more Community wide programming allowing the Active Adult community in the valley to participate in our programs. Shabbat Dinners, Holiday Programs and classes and discussions.
Smile On Seniors is a nonprofit supported by donations from the community.
Please help in supporting this vital outreach program, please mail your tax-deductible contribution to: Smile On Seniors 2110 East Lincoln Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85016. Or visit: http://donate.sosaz.org
If you are a senior - or know of a senior - who can benefit from our program, please contact Smile On Seniors. If you currently reside in any senior home or care facility or have a parent or friend that does, please ask your care facility program director to contact Smile On Seniors.