Born and raised in Atlanta, Natalie Halpern worked until her 70s and spent most of her 90 years as an active member of the community. After much deliberation, she decided to move from living alone to living with friends in an active senior community. Natalie chose the William Breman Jewish Home’s Jewish Towers.
A friend told Natalie about One Good Deed, a volunteer organization that matches older adults with volunteers to enhance their independence in their own home and provide friendly companionship. Once settled into her new home, Natalie called One Good Deed and met with the coordinator to learn about the program to find a great volunteer match for her.
At about the same time, Pat Taratoot learned about One Good Deed from talking to a friend about volunteer opportunities. With the care of her 90-year-old mother-in-law, Pat was skeptical about signing on to a new commitment but decided to give it a try.
One Good Deed made the match, and an unexpected and wonderful friendship developed!
Now, Natalie and Pat are dear friends and cannot imagine life without each other. They look forward to their every other week visits, which often include lunch followed by some of Natalie’s errands. “I am blessed every day to have Pat in my life” glowed Natalie, “She is a living doll.”
“Natalie is a dream person,” commented Pat. “I always look forward to seeing her: she is fun, easy to be with, and interesting to talk to. I don’t even feel like I’m volunteering.”
Natalie and Pat are happily spreading the word about their wonderful experience and the special friendship developed through One Good Deed, another important organization helping to fulfill Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s mission to care for Jews in need and build a strong Jewish community.
If you, or someone you know would benefit from the volunteer services, or is interested in a life changing volunteer opportunity please contact One Good Deed here or call 404-274-2431.
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