A group of local teens affiliated with the Woodburn Youth Advisory Board celebrated Father’s Day in an unusual way last week, by spending time with someone they had only just met.
It was part of “Adopt-a-Pop,” a new program being piloted by SYNERGY HomeCare, a national senior and elder care company with a branch in Beaverton. The idea was to match young people with older dads who might not otherwise have anyone to spend Father’s Day with.
“Too often, there are seniors who don’t have family who live close by, or maybe don’t have family, to honor them on Father’s Day,” said Donna Cole, owner of the SYNERGY HomeCare location in Beaverton, which does a lot of work in the Woodburn area.
She said isolation and loneliness are widespread among seniors. But the goal of Adopt-a-Pop was not only to give seniors someone with whom they could talk and share, but also make an impact on young people.