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Our Social Purpose
Our social purpose starts in LaGrange, IL but it carries on across the world.
The Home Instead network works to create a world where people own their aging journeys. We want all generations to age on their own terms, authentic to who they are as unique individuals, and connected to things that provide them with purpose.
This vision drives us to expand the world’s capacity to care.
Home Instead helps older adults age with greater hope and success whether they're our clients or not. Because we believe everyone deserves to age with grace and dignity, we strive to make that vision a reality by creating a world that's ready to care for each other.
From our involvement with the Walk to End Alzheimer's or our holiday give-back program, Be a Santa to a Senior, Home Instead is out to make a difference.
One in five of our senior neighbors either live alone, are homebound, or are on a fixed income. The “Be a Santa to a Senior” campaign brings the holiday spirit to seniors and connects them with the community. Home Instead LaGrange has participated in this gift-giving program since 2003, providing an estimated 600 wrapped gifts just this year alone, 200 of which were donated by Home Instead LaGrange.
During the holiday season, trees are set up in businesses and other organizations. Each tree is decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and gift suggestions. Community members choose an ornament, buy the gift, and return it to the store with the ornament attached. Home Instead then coordinates wrapping and gift delivery. The gifts include items such as blankets, gloves, socks, treats and gift cards, as well as some smaller items “Santa’s helpers” like to sneak in.
These personalized gifts do seem to provide some Christmas joy. We receive calls and thank-you cards from many recipients expressing just how deeply touched they were to know that someone was thinking of them. (If you’d like to participate in next year’s “Be a Santa to a Senior,” follow us on Facebook or Instagram. Tree locations will be announced in November of each year.
The above thank you is from Yim in Riverside.