In the Record Cold, Service Volunteers Keep Bringing Warmth to the Homebound

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  The bitterly cold weather can pose life-threatening problems to people who are homebound–if volunteers who bring them food and health care can’t get their own vehicles started.  But at least one big metro Atlanta agency says nearly all of its volunteers overcame the challenge.

Senior Connections serves homebound seniors in all of DeKalb County.   Debra Furtado is its CEO.  She told WABE volunteers made it in Tuesday morning despite the cold, and covered all but one of the agency’s approximately 50 routes.

But Furtado said she worries there are more homebound seniors who have yet to ask for help.

“We are seeing waiting lists now for meals,” Furtado said.  ”And in this type of weather, it does really concern me, because there are people out there right now that we’ve not seen in the past, who need food.”

Senior Connections volunteers did have to deal with a weather-related problem once they got to the center, however.  Furtado said the furnace in the kitchen broke down, but volunteer cooks worked on, in their hats and coats.