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Volunteers needed to counsel seniors

Gresham and East Multnomah County adults who enjoy and are interested in providing counseling to seniors may sign up for a semi-yearly training session with VIEWS (Volunteers Involved for the Emotional Well-Being of Seniors.)

VIEWS volunteers provide group or individual support and peer counseling at no cost to older adults interested in improving their lives. A 50-hour training for people 55 or older begins soon. Volunteers should call Quince Affolter at 503-261-6181.

VIEWS has been in existence since 1990 and has 10 groups around Multnomah County, including three in Gresham.

'The groups are not walk-in groups but are established with the same people week after week. They meet for an hour once a week and talk about their lives, their struggles, and their successes. We have two volunteers who help facilitate each group and stay with the same group. Many of the volunteers stay with their group for some years and feel that the group is like family and friends rolled up together,' Affolter said.

VIEWS is a nonprofit, receiving funds from a City of Gresham Community Development Block Grant and from Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare.