Posted: 10:45 p.m. MST
The Greater Foothills Helping Hands organization has been servicing seniors for 18 years to help them remain in their homes.
"When you try to move a senior person...it's really really stressful," said Judy Arnold, executive director of the non-profit organization. "You may have taken care of the physical, but you broke the spirit."
So Helping Hands does what is needed to keep seniors living independently as long as possible, Arnold said.
Often, the mobility of seniors can be limited, and this is where Helping Hands steps in.
"The biggest thing that we do is transporting. And our volunteers use their own cars, and their own gas, and their own time," Arnold said.
They also lend a hand with other necessities, including food bank delivery and minor repairs around the house, as well as giving a friendly phone call during the week to check up on their senior friends.
Gladys and Jim Goodey are long-time volunteers of the organization. They volunteers many hours of their time because they realize people need what others take for granted.
"Today there was one or two women that came in for food," Gladys Goodey said. "It's really needed. We don't know how good we've got it."
"Neighbors helping neighbors" is the motto for the hundreds of volunteers who come through these doors in a community where the help is greatly needed.
"A lot of times, the community associates seniors to the winter visitors that come--very healthy, independent, financially sound," said Dave Kirchner, owner of Home Instead Senior Care. "But there really is a community of seniors...that really do need assistance."
For more information on how you can volunteer of if you could benefit from their services, call (928) 305-9974 or visit www.greaterfoothillshelpinghands.com.