"In 2020, I started Pen Pals for Life with my son Justin (CEO Emeritus and Founder) to fill a void during a time when Seniors were isolated and forced to extreme social distancing, exacerbating the loneliness and isolation many seniors already felt as residents in senior care centers. As we fortunately have progressed through this pandemic and less of a need to social distance, we at Pen Pals recognize that loneliness and isolation is not a passing phase but a constant concern that many aging adults face as they transition to this next phase of their life. We, at Pen Pals for Life, are adjusting our mission to not only combat the crisis that we experienced during the initial period of the pandemic but now are moving towards directing our efforts to help combat an ongoing and real problem among aging seniors. We would like to look for new and better ways to be a support to this community. To this end, I have taken over as Interim CEO as we make this shift and bring the company into the next phase of its growth to help even more people.”
"Seems like the whole world is changing. Sometimes I feel a little selfish…. Not always thinking of others. I’ve only been worried about our family, but I know that there’s are many people that are having a hard time right now. After my mom told me I wouldn’t be able to see my Nana for a while, it really changed my perspective on the situation. I’ve been having dinner with her every week for about my whole life. And I worry about her. Every day that goes by is another day that she could get this scary virus. I am lucky enough that I can talk with my family when I am sad or anxious and I want everyone to have someone to talk to through this difficult time."
"As a teenager, I have been fortunate to be able to connect with friends and family both in person and through many types of social mediums. I didn’t realize that so many people could be feeling so isolated and alone. After speaking with my own grandparents, it really hit home! They have limited access to socialization since they are staying home to practice social distancing for their own safety and the safety of others. I realized that social distancing can be very difficult for people who don’t have direct communication with friends or loved ones. It’s a known fact that people truly benefit from social interaction for both their mental and physical well being. Our mission is to help provide that human interaction that many nursing home residents who are missing it during this time of crisis. We hope you will join us and help us build this effort!"