NEWTON— Frank Leone, of Newton, is a retired pastor who works with United Methodist Communities HomeWorks and who has stepped up to help the residents there during the coronavirus pandemic.


In his usual role as a companion for the residents at the Newton location, he assists United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen’s independent living residents with everyday tasks such as shopping, meal preparation and companionship.


His background and training lend for reassurance and comfort during the pandemic. HomeWorks has offered his services, free of charge, to residents who cannot get out to the store and need supplies.


Residents create shopping lists and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Leone makes grocery runs for people who are either unable or reluctant to go out. Like everyone else, he is finding cleaning supplies to be the most difficult to find.


“It’s really been a joy to see their needs met and they have been so appreciative,” said Leone, who said the shopping expeditions have also given him the opportunity to get to know more of the residents.


While maintaining social distancing protocols, he personally delivers healthy fresh fruits and vegetables, along with other groceries. Even the pets, important and therapeutic companions, appreciate his labor of love to keep them stocked up.


Residents look forward to Leone’s short visits to keep their spirits up during these uncertain times. Not only are they appreciative of this free service, it gives them a chance to see a cheery face and to interact socially.


Leone is not a stranger to helping those in need or to mission work. He has traveled to the Caribbean to help various communities following natural disasters.


The staff feels proud to call him one of HomeWorks’ heroes, doing whatever he can to assist and to brighten the lives of Bristol Glen’s residents.


Submitted by United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen