Good Samaritan Senior Centre

Designated Ministry

The program that the IELCO is now requesting support for is the “Good Samaritan Senior Centre” in Soacha, a community on the outskirts of Bogota.

During our Journeys to Colombia in 2009 and 2011, we visited this program. You may remember seeing photos of us dancing with seniors from the day program during our presentations after we returned from the journeys. We are thankful to be able to offer our prayers and financial support to this valuable program.

This holistic care centre for seniors responds to several needs of seniors including social, spiritual, mental and physical health. Devotions are held daily and the Eucharist is celebrated once per month with a visit from a pastor. Workshops, crafts, and games geared toward improving seniors’ wellbeing are held daily. A nurse performs physical health checks on the participants and a nutritious lunch is served daily. Home visits also take place to get to know the needs of the participants. Prior to the pandemic, the site hosted 40 participants per day but due to need for social distancing, the program currently hosts 8 people per day. All 40 participants however, do receive a lunch daily, which they pick up at the centre and take home.

We are happy to commit to supporting the Good Samaritan Senior Centre as our Designated Ministry Program beginning in 2022.

Read the Colombia Ministry Team Letter