Following the death of her daughter, Donna B., a low-income senior citizen, stepped in to care for her grandson despite a serious lack of resources. Recently, her burden was lessened a bit when provided with a brand new, desperately needed refrigerator. Cona Elder Law partnered with the Family Service League to “Adopt a Senior” as part of its own charitable foundation, Senior Dreams Come True™️, a signature program of Cona Elder Law Charitable Events which grants wishes to low-income seniors in need.
Senior Dreams Come True™️ a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was launched in 2007 and has granted wishes for dozens of low-income seniors in need from communities throughout Nassau and Suffolk, helping seniors meet basic needs to fulfilling life long dreams.
Melissa Negrin-Wiener, a Senior Partner at Cona Elder Law, personally delivered the refrigerator to Donna’s home accompanied by a caseworker. She visited with Donna and only left after making sure the installation was successful and any issues resolved.
“Too many of our seniors go without the things we take for granted,” said Ms. Negrin-Wiener. “Imagine having to get through the oppressive heat this summer without a refrigerator. Over and over, we’ve seen how smaller kindnesses and conveniences can have a great impact on our older neighbors. By fulfilling their wishes, we also let them know there are people who care about their well-being.”
Prior wishes granted include plane fares to bring families together, home improvements and repairs, modifications to allow for wheelchair accessibility and chair lifts, dental and medical treatment not covered by insurance, hearing aids, prescription drug coverage (including Medicare doughnut hole coverage), transportation to important events, and more.
Wishes are granted on a revolving basis throughout the year. Eligibility is limited to Long Islanders 65 and over with a household income of $1,500 or less per month for an individual or $2,000 or less per month for a couple. Wish Request forms can be obtained by visiting www.conaelderlaw.com or calling 631.390.5000.
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