‘Seniors supporting seniors:’ Bristol senior center uses photos to bring people together

The new photo project aims to bring smiles to their faces while also supporting the class of 2020 at Mt. Hope High School.

BRISTOL, R.I. (WLNE) – A senior center in Bristol is trying to keep its seniors engaged and happy even though they can’t see each other right now.

Their new photo project aims to bring smiles to their faces while also supporting the class of 2020 at Mt. Hope High School.

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Jennifer Neves Photography

“We’re still trying to have our seniors be engaged and not feel so isolated,” said Director of Benjamin Church Senior Center Maria Ursini. “They’re missing each other. They want to see individuals. They want to see people.”

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Jennifer Neves Photography

Ursini and Assistant Director Donna Wilson have been visiting the seniors at their homes to deliver lunch or just check in.

“It kind of gives them that sense that we’re still here and soon we’ll be together,” said Ursini

Wilson recently got an idea to take a different kind of ‘senior’ portrait, with the help of her photographer friend, Jennifer Neves.

“I wanted to go out and just take pictures on their normal day at home, isolated,” explained Wilson. “You could tell that they were crying, they had tears in their eyes, because they wanted to hug us. But of course they couldn’t.”

In addition, Wilson decided they should send a message to some other ‘seniors’ feeling isolated right now, also without their friends – the Mt. Hope Class of 2020.

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Jennifer Neves Photography

“Our seniors are also supporting them so they know that we’re here for them. “It’s very important because this is the year that they got robbed, I think,” said Wilson. “We need to remember that they’re the bookends of our town. We have our children, and then our seniors, the bookends.”

If you would like your senior’s picture taken, you can contact the Benjamin Church Senior Center.

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