Message from the President, 2/18/22
The FONS Board of Directors has maintained a meeting schedule throughout the Covid pandemic by using Zoom. Our ability to continue the work of our mission was challenged by Covid, but I think we can all feel proud of the efforts made during this year of change and adjustment. We have continued the Livable Community work through our presentation and follow up with the Newtown First Selectman, Dan Rosenthal, with the assistance of the Director of Human Services, Natalie Jackson.
Our email contact list continues to grow and we have improved our communication efforts through improved email messages to our membership. Our close affiliation with both the Commission on Aging and Newtown Senior Services has allowed us to identify and meet the needs of Newtown seniors effectively.
Chore Services in Newtown has completed its first full year operation with 111 requests, including everything from referrals for contractors to replacing roofs. Beverly Bennett Schaedler, Chore Services Coordinator, has continued to work closely with Newtown Senior Services and Newtown Youth and Family Services to identify seniors in need and promote aging in place. Chore Services has also taken on our transportation initiative through a grant provided by Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging.
We were able to restart out social gatherings at local restaurants with an average attendance of thirty participants per event. We look forward to continuing these social events when COVID and/or weather conditions permit. Our writing and mosaic project was a remarkable success and the published book “Looking to the Future with 2020 Hindsight” has been well received. The finished mosaic project now hangs in the Senior Center Multi-Purpose room.
I would like to personally thank each of our board members for their role in support of FONS event and activities throughout this difficult year!
Sincerely, John S. Boccuzzi, Sr.
Friends of Newtown Seniors is an all-volunteer nonprofit group dedicated to helping the Newtown community address issues that affect the lives and well-being of seniors. Our organization was formed in the spirit of the “thousand points of light” movement suggested many years ago by President George H. W. Bush.
Seniors building a vibrant Newtown for today and tomorrow