“Dorothy died yesterday in her sleep yesterday. She wasn’t hungry…she wasn’t cold…she wasn’t lonely…she was loved because of Aid For Friends.”
- Rita Ungaro-Schiavone, AFF Founder, speaking about one of AFF’s first clients.
“If anyone has enough of this world’s goods and sees one of his brothers or sisters in need yet fails to help him, how can the love of God be living in him? My children, our love is not to be just words or mere talk but something real and active.”
- John 3: 17-18
“He is there for me.”
Johnny lives in Germantown. His life has not been easy. After serving in the Vietnam War, he returned home and worked for many years until the company went out of business. Unable to find another full-time job, Johnny moved in with his parents. Being musically talented – able to play jazz piano and saxophone - he made a living playing at a club in Philadelphia while caring for his parents until they passed away in quick succession. A year later, tragedy struck: the house burned down in a terrible fire, killing his sister and destroying his instruments. It was a devastating blow to Johnny.
Johnny is now 59 years old and living in an apartment on SSI income of $450.00 a month. He suffers from multiple serious ailments and from malnutrition as well. He is bedridden because he does not have the physical strength to walk. He sleeps on his mattress on the floor and gets around by crawling. Johnny’s health and living conditions are not good, but he is getting stronger from the meals from AFF and – just as important – he has a measure of happiness in his life that comes from having a friend who cares about him.
- Quotation from a shut-in who has multiple serious illnesses and has been served by Aid For Friends for 15 years. She has been unable to leave her home except by ambulance for her frequent hospitalizations. Each week her AFF visitor brings dinners, soups and breakfast bags, and he shops for her when needed.
Copies of two notes to AFF received from appreciative client/friends:
“A grateful thank you for the services you provide and the volunteers. They are a special caring group. I look forward to the visits and fellowship each time they come. Thank you again.”
“Dear Friends, I thank you for the help you have given me. The meals brought me back to life when I came home from the hospital. I don’t know what I would do without them. Thank you.”