The ABCD North End / West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) recently held its Valentine’s Party for the seniors to commemorate love and friendship. The center had a fabulous turn out: nearly four dozen members of the community, including folks from the Amy Lowell and Blackstone Apartments, dropped in to enjoy one another’s company and a feast of raviolis, salad, chicken, and sweets, all served by NE/WE NSC staff and volunteers.
Special guests included City Councilor Lydia Edwards and Legislative Aide Michael Bonetti, who brought donuts to the festivity. Representative Aaron Michlewitz and his aide Patrick Lyons visited with Valentine greetings and roses after the event due to a scheduling conflict. Victor Brogna, NE/WE NSC Advisory Board member, serenaded the crowd with his trumpet playing. Volunteer David Roderick joined the meal to both socialize and serve seniors.
Valentine’s Day means different things to different people. For many, it is a day to exchange tokens like flowers, candy, or cards. Today’s seniors have lived long and fulfilling lives, and have a legacy of their spouses, partners, and / or children. For those seniors, many decades of love expands to extended families, friends, and even their peers with whom they interact each day, often at the NE/WE NSC. The center strives each day of its operations to make seniors’ lives happier and to bring contentment and joy.
Helen Keller said, “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” Indeed, Valentine’s Day is our cultural reminder to enjoy a loving state of mind.
Would you like a seat at our table? Don’t miss the fun! Please call the NE/WE NSC directly at 617-523-8125 to reserve your spot for future luncheons, which the NE/WE NSC will advertise in advance. New clients must sign up to obtain free membership with ABCD.