Stories of Our Elderly

We met Iris many years ago in a nursing home, but for the last ten years she has been living back home in her own apartment – passed down through generations in her family. Returning home opened the possibility for many new experiences and friends. A Jewish woman, born and raised in the Lower east side, Iris had never left her neighborhood, but five years ago she ventured for the first time on a plane to Boston where she spent the weekend with friends of the Community of Sant’Egidio. 

The picture captures our last adventure together, in September 2019, our first vacation with some of our friends on the street and the kids of the School of Peace. It was truly a joyful moment that we all experienced together and dream to be able to do again!!

Iris is always open to meeting and welcoming new people. Responding to one of her friends exclaiming “It is good to see you!” she said “It is good to be seen.” A simple reminder of the dignity and life that awaits all of our elderly friends outside of nursing homes.

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