A 96-year-old Scottsdale resident, Glenna Young was a Duet volunteer for nearly 30 years before she found herself needing some additional help.
Young, who lives alone, decided last year she was in need of help for such things as grocery shopping, according to a press release.
Familiar with Duet’s service, she called to inquire about getting a volunteer to help her with grocery shopping two times a month. She was placed with Mimi Jakobe and the release said “they instantly hit it off.”
“She’s irreplaceable,” said Young said. “I am so lucky to have her. We have such a great time together and I am really look[ing] forward to my grocery shopping trips with her.”
Mimi, also a Scottsdale resident, moved to Arizona a few years ago. She was looking for a local organization she could volunteer with and help older adults.
“I lost my parents several years ago and have always enjoyed older people,” said Jakobe. “I love spending time with Glenna, we talk about our families and children. We share stories and laugh a lot. She’s a companion and friend. I love learning from her and hearing about experiences in her life.”
The two are a part of Duet’s homebound services, the release said.
If you or a loved one face challenges related to aging or other health issues that keep you from driving, Duet can match you with a volunteer who provides grocery shopping, rides to medical appointments, friendly visits, phone calls, or help with paperwork.
Duet’s homebound services are offered in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Peoria, and Glendale, noted the release.
“It takes as little as a couple hours a month to make a true difference in the life of a homebound adult,” said Wendy Cohen, Duet senior director of services, in the release.
“If you are looking for a meaningful way to help someone in need, check out our interactive map online and find a neighbor in your area that could use some help. After completing our volunteer orientation, we’ll pair the volunteer with a homebound adult based on the volunteer’s availability, interests, and location. We currently have 69 people waiting to be matched and are in great need of more volunteers.”
Learn more about receiving services or volunteering, visit: duetaz.org; or call 602-274-5022.
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