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Steve Ulicny has been a volunteer for the New Hampshire Association for the Blind since January of 2011. He retired a few years ago and found he had time on his hands. Luckily for us, he contacted the Coordinator of Volunteer Services, went through the application and orientation process and was introduced to Fred, a client at the Association.
Fred is 91 years young and enjoys being with people. After his wife died a few years ago, he felt confined. He describes himself as a positive person who likes to be around positive people so he requested a volunteer from the New Hampshire Association for the Blind. Fred was receiving low vision services to help him adjust to his increasing vision loss. Fred’s primary request was to get out and socialize.
During the introduction visit, Fred and Steve discovered that they had a great deal in common. Steve had worked in Massachusetts where Fred had lived before moving to NH about 25 years ago and there were many people they both knew including a cousin of Fred’s, a State Representative, who played golf with Steve. Fred is well known by several generations in the community having worked in the Post Office and the Police Department so the connections went on and on!
Since their meeting in January of 2011, Fred and Steve take off nearly every week for an outing, usually to spend time with friends both old and new. Fred enjoys the trips and the camaraderie and when Steve arrives, Fred’s face lights up with a big smile. This relationship has truly touched the lives of both of these fine men.
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