Barb Sabourin: ‘Joining Zoom activities makes me feel better. I don’t feel alone.’

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoom has transformed Project Independence. On a given day, 75 participants from Project open their e-mail to read the schedule for the day, which might look something like this:

  • 9:45 ~ Live Music with the PI Trio
  • 11:15 ~ Creative Coloring with Linda
  • 1:15 ~ Virtual Van Trip: One-Room School Houses
  • 2:45 ~ Bone Builders with Ted

Assistant Activities Coordinator Ted Davis has played a pivotal role in the success of this online program, which was created in March after our center closed for in-person activities. Ted leads exercise, provides tech support for participants, sets up volunteers to entertain us, and posts on our Face Book page, to name just a few.

A great problem solver, Ted is one reason so many participants are able to be part of our online programs. He helped Barbara Sabourin, a former employee and now an active 92-year-old  Zoom participant, to get connected online. Our tech team also helped a very appreciative family in Vergennes which reports, “Our family member was depressed and angry when she couldn’t go to Project. We connected her to your Zoom sessions and it transformed her mood. I am so grateful.”

Others agree. Here’s what they’re saying:

“Just wanted to say that this morning’s zoom chat with Greg and his bees was really great. It was like a van trip, but better. More of us got to go and we got a close-up look at things. It was really interesting  and well done. I hope you can arrange more things like it.” — Participant

“The person I care for was so depressed and angry that she couldn’t go to Project before we connected her via Zoom.  It has transformed her mood to be part of it and I am so grateful.” — Caregiver

“I wanted to call to tell you that I was absolutely delighted to see some of my Project friends. I missed them and was worried about them. I was thrilled to see them, to see everyone. It makes my day, I so love seeing everyone!” — Participant

Due to COVID-19, in-person programs at Elderly Services are on hold for now.Read more.