The Generations Project, the Yellow Door's flagship program, is run by two coordinators and over 250 volunteers who serve close to 300 elderly persons in the downtown Montreal area. Many of these friendly visitors are McGill University students who generously volunteer their time and energy. The Elderly Project is currently in its thirty second year of servicing seniors. We arrange weekly home visits to seniors and accompaniments to hospital and other appointments. A friendly favour service arranges for volunteers to run errands for housebound seniors. Often, volunteers are also asked to offer our clients help with computers and other technology. We regularly organize social events for our volunteers and elderly friends, such as our Social Club, Knitting Club, Book Club, Movie Club and Art Club; See our schedule below for the times and locations that these groups meet! In addition, staff is on hand to provide information and referrals on a variety of seniors' issues and services.
All these services seek to decrease the sense of isolation experienced by many inner city elderly and to help in preventing premature institutionalization. Furthermore, we aim to promote the kind of relationship between youth and seniors that nurtures a sense of awareness and responsibility toward the aged. Our clubs and workshops aim to inform and to empower the elderly, and to uphold their sense of dignity and respect as individuals and as important members of our society.