Virtual Connection Committee
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Contact: Sonia Bennett, Virtual Connection Committee Leader - (423) 902-5873
Loneliness is becoming an epidemic. 46% of Americans say they “sometimes or always feel alone.” Older adults are suffering a disproportionate amount of loneliness during the COVID crisis, with many going days without talking to anyone. They are struggling to find hope as visits, congregate meals and group activities have been suspended. Family gatherings, trips to the grocery store and social meetings are avoided for safety’s sake.
To provide hope, encouragement and connection to these older adults, the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, with the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability and the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board announce the TN Hope Line, a call line that offers supportive active listening to lonely older adults 60+ years of age.
The TN Hope Line, 844-600-8262, is a free phone call that will be answered Monday-Friday from 9am3pm (CT) by trained volunteers who offer encouragement and hope for lonely senior adults.
Callers are invited to call and talk about whatever is on their mind. Being able to talk and form a connection over the phone can offer assurance that they are cared for and loved. Callers who express specific needs such as food and basic supplies, will be connected with people and services available to help in their area. The hope is to increase the caller’s connection to a local supportive community.