In this week’s Friend 2 Friend Friday, we introduce you to a man who has lost much and who has much to gain from participation in the program.
Six years ago, Cole – in his early 40s at the time – was a successful business owner. He loved music and spending time with his family. Then, he sustained a traumatic brain injury.
It caused severe aphasia: He remembers little about his life before the accident. Still, he looks forward to visits with family. And, lately, he took up an instrument.
While he has a helper, he lives alone now, and he’s unemployed. Cole’s days, by his own admission, are long, monotonous, lonely. “I used to be a mensch,” he said. “That’s what I’m told. I’d like to be that guy again.” Socially-isolated, he craves interaction with adults his own age and outside the disabilities community.
Cole’s ideal Friend: Easy-going and relaxed with a good sense of humor. A man about his age. Active. Creative. Curious. Eager to get out in the community, explore, make a difference. Should have a car, be willing to travel to/from Cole’s house in the metro west area and to work collaboratively with his helper to coordinate outings. Music aficionados especially welcome.
What do you have to lose? If you’re already volunteering, share this story with a friend/family member/colleague who’d make a stellar volunteer. If not, consider whether you’re Cole’s “next big thing.” Volunteer now.