None of us were spared the impact of this pandemic that has changed lives in unimaginable ways. For elders, many of whom were already leading lives of isolation and fear, the effects were disastrous. But for those 200 or so fortunate to be part of LiLY’s community in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights and West Harlem, support came from the caring community that Irene Zola created more than 21 years ago. Personal visits from nearly 100 local volunteers were replaced by weekly phone calls. In-person activities became virtual and included classes and concerts and more. Elders without technology were provided tablets, lessons and internet service if needed. For some, additional food was provided. As Irene commented, the pandemic forced LiLY to “pivot from a ‘hands-on’ program to one where … as much as possible, we are keeping elders from depression, anxiety, sickness and death.”
Our funds underwrite administrative expenses and a Spanish-speaking social worker.