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Margaret is 79 . “For fifteen years I didn’t laugh or have a real conversation with anyone. I had a seven day week with no one to talk to.”Margaret was never married and had little contact with family. Her only friend was a lady that she bumped into at the bus stop occasionally. Margaret's life wasn’t always like this. Before she retired she worked in a busy office. She had many friends, and enjoyed an active social life.
Margaret is now matched with a trained Befriending volunteer. “I now look forward to every Monday when my volunteer Amy visits me. I always feel ten feet taller after she visits. It’s so lovely to see a friendly face.
My nerves are better, I’m less anxious, have more energy and I can smile and laugh again. My story comes from the heart and I cannot thank ALONE enough for what they have done for me. I can’t put into words the difference her visits have made. They mean everything. With ALONE, I now have a friend. And if I need anything at all I can call the office and they will help me or give me the advice I need. It’s so comforting to know there is someone I can call when times get tough.” Margaret will be attending her second dinner dance this Christmas. ”I feel like my life is opening up again. I have a social life again and something to look forward to.