Gulf Coast Village’s Pastor Tom Hafer teaches Faith & Fitness at annual Dr. Piper Center event

Pastor Tom Hafer, director of spiritual services for Gulf Coast Village, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, recently spoke at Dr. Piper Center for Social Services, Inc.’s annual orientation for Foster Grandparent volunteers, held on July 27 at Southwest Florida Safety Council in Fort Myers. Hafer spoke to Foster Grandparent volunteers about the importance of staying healthy, both physically and spiritually, in order to better care for others.

Speaking on faith and fitness, Hafer expressed the importance of caring for ourselves through the sustainable, spiritual practices of clean eating and exercise. He also revealed how physical and spiritual wellness go hand-in-hand, highlighting the simple changes and practical steps that the volunteers can take in order to develop an overall healthier style, which in turn enables them to better care for the individuals they serve.

Dr. Piper Center’s Foster Grandparent program provides volunteer opportunities and community involvement for seniors to serve as “foster grandparents” for special needs and at-risk children. The program serves as a bridge between two generations, young and old, allowing elder mentors to share their love, wisdom and experience with younger peers.

“As always, Pastor Tom Hafer brings wonderful tips to shed light on how to attain great quality of life both physical and spiritually,” said Lourdes Galan, MSW, program manager for Dr. Piper Center for Social Services, Inc. “His message highlights the importance of what really matters in life: health and spirituality!”

About Tom Hafer
Pastor Tom Hafer is the director of spiritual services for Gulf Coast Village, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, and an ordained minister with Volunteers of America. He is an author of six books, titles including Faith & Fitness (2007), Well Planet (2010), Aging Grace (2012), Soul Man (2016), When You Pray Move Your Feet (2016) and Ramble On (2017). Hafer travels and leads free workshops on the spiritual and physical health connection, speaking about ways to care for ourselves to better care for others. To schedule a talk, contact Hafer at tom@hafer.com or visit www.tomhafer.com. To view his interdenominational worship service at Gulf Coast Village, streamed live every Sunday at 11 a.m., visit VOA.org. For regular updates, follow Hafer on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TomHaferSpeaker.

About Gulf Coast Village
Founded more than 25 years ago, Gulf Coast Village is the premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, Florida. Residents enjoy active independent living in an unparalleled lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well. The community also offers the security of knowing there is the full continuum of care when needed including: assisted living, skilled nursing, specialized memory support, home health and outpatient services. Gulf Coast Village is located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991. For more information call 239-772-1333 or visit www.GulfCoastVillage.com.
Gulf Coast Village is sponsored by Volunteers of America, a national non-profit faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Founded in 1896, Volunteers of America is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing for seniors and a major provider of professional long-term care, including assisted living, home health care and nursing home care. Their work touches the mind, body, heart – and ultimately the spirit – of those they serve, integrating a deep compassion with highly effective programs and services.

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