New pen pal program at popular home
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Nothing says you care like a handwritten letter.

That is the sentiment of residents at a long-term care home in Amherstview who will start writing letters to pen pals later this month.

According to the program’s creators, ‘Write from the Heart’ is a new pen pal program at Helen Henderson Care Centre, a retirement lodge and long-term care home near Kingston, Ontario.

Its goal is to match residents with community members based on shared interests and allow them to connect on an ongoing basis through a mutual love of writing.

This program is also intended to strengthen intergenerational ties, as currently all of the broader community participants are young adults.

Amy Hanes, a community member who initially suggested the idea for this program, explains, “It is extremely important for residents to be able to maintain strong connections to their outside community and to fellow human beings, especially given the current pandemic-driven lock-down. The hope is that compassion and understanding will result from this project as well as genuine friendship.”


Speaking on behalf of the home, Recreation Aide Kyarah notes, “We think residents will love connecting with others through handwritten letters. This innovative idea will be begin next week and it will be interesting to see what people tell each other through letter writing which is famously described as the only device where you can combine solitude with good company.”

For information about living or working at Helen Henderson Care Centre, please call 613-384-4585.

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