There’s an expectation about family: That it’ll always be there for you. For Robert*, age 93, this has always proven true, even after his last surviving relative passed away. He has always had his brothers at Santa Barbara Lodge No. 192.
Three brothers, in particular: Don Goldberg, Ray Holgate, and Bill Taylor – who, at age 90, himself has been one of the lodge’s most devoted outreach leaders. For the better part of the last decade, these three have taken turns helping Robert, driving him to and from medical appointments, working with his doctors and health care providers, and bringing him to Masonic events so he can stay active in the lodge he loves.
When Robert’s health began declining a few years ago, they assumed an active role in his day-to-day care, helping him install a medical alert system in his home and working with Masonic Outreach Services (MOS) to hire caregivers to assist him. They sat down with him to talk about his wishes for end-of-life care, and all three signed up to be his attorney agents so they can advocate for his current and future needs.
In sum, together with MOS, they have acted on Robert’s behalf as any family members would. For Robert, their presence has been not just a source of fraternity and fellowship, but safety and support.
This commitment to outreach is increasingly important as our Masonic family ages – including many members who, like Robert, could all too easily become isolated from their lodges and other sources of support. And luckily, the many resources of MOS are just a phone call away.
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*Names have been changed to protect client privacy.
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