Giving the Gift of Music to Isolated Seniors

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Publication Date: 8/17/2007

This summer, Rev. Mary M. Porter ’65 was featured in a television segment called “The Spirit of Alabama.” Porter is a cofounder and codirector of Ruth and Naomi Senior Outreach (RNSO), a spiritual support organization for the elderly in Birmingham, AL.

According to Porter, the group provides pastoral care to elder “orphans” and isolated seniors with the help of harps, voice and a therapy dog.

They use the harp to play familiar, comforting music for those who they visit. “We have received specialized training to use music in this work,” Porter says.