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VISTE: Nurturing Independence and Community Connection

As a financial advisor with a deep connection to Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE), my appreciation for this nonprofit organization goes beyond professional admiration; it is personal. Having served on the Board of Directors for the past six years, currently holding the position of Chairman, I’ve witnessed firsthand the transformative impact of VISTE’s commitment to the well-being of our elderly community.

VISTE’s mission extends a lifeline to over 4,000 clients, with an average age of 82, by providing essential services such as transportation, hot meals, supplemental groceries, and regular check-in calls. This commitment to seniors’ welfare resonates with me on a profound level, drawing from my own experiences with immigrant grandparents who relied on similar support.

My Cuban immigrant grandparents faced the challenges of aging, with my grandfather losing his sight and my grandmother grappling with dementia.

They not only depended on my father’s income but also on the compassionate care delivered by volunteers. These selfless individuals, much like those I’ve had the honor of working with on the Board, brought warmth into my grandparents’ home, providing relief to my parents and a sense of security to my grandparents.

Beyond the personal connection, the financial implications of VISTE’s services are staggering. While the median cost of a nursing home facility in Lakeland, Florida, stands at around $108,000 annually, VISTE’s services are available at a fraction of the cost—$368 per year. This stark contrast not only makes aging in place financially feasible for clients but also underscores the organization’s commitment to making a positive impact on our community. There’s no other organization like VISTE in the world. We are so lucky to have it here in our community.

As Chairman, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing the dedication of volunteers who embody the organization’s values. VISTE not only addresses the immediate needs of seniors but also fosters a sense of community and interconnection. By actively promoting aging in place, VISTE contributes to the overall health, happiness, and inclusivity of our community.

In simple terms, VISTE, through its cost-effective services, empowers seniors to maintain their independence and dignity.

My role on the Board has allowed me to witness the ripple effects of VISTE’s work, not only saving families from the financial strain associated with nursing home care but also enriching the fabric of our community. It’s more than a service; it’s a testament to the power of volunteerism, an investment in the well-being of our elderly population, and a cornerstone of compassionate community building.

January 2024

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