One of our new Strategic Initiatives, now called the Expat Outreach Program is being rolled out.
An ad hoc committee was formed to discuss the mission, how the service should be initiated and implemented. After several iterations of the guideline and development plan, the committee is ready to implement a 2-month pilot program starting August 1st.
The purpose of the pilot program will be to provide a person-to-person (Helper to Requester) contact for those interested in being contacted daily to simply confirm that they are okay. This initial program will be limited to 12 Requestors and they will be matched with Helpers. During the 2-month trial period, the program will be assessed by the committee, refined as needed and continued if it proves to be successful.
The idea is to provide a “safety net” and the target audience is anyone in the Chiang Mai area who feels the need for a daily check-in. The sign up for this pilot program will begin on July 20th at the Friday Breakfast Club and then at the General Meeting on July 28th.
So look for the forms and sign up if interested!
If there are too many requesters for the pilot program, we will put you on a waiting list and contact you once we are ready to move beyond the pilot program period.
Coincidentally, I recently attended the first session of the LLLP at Payap program on ‘Aging Pioneers’ and it was clear that those present shared a common concern about being alone and need of connection to the expat community!
Finally, I had an email from one of our members who shared a positive experience of living here in Chiang Mai.
“Yesterday, the red truck driver thanked me for riding with him. It’s the first time in his life he met a farang who could have a Thai conversation!”
A simple but pleasant experience for sure that added to this person’s positive outlook on life in Chiang Mai. Perhaps you too have had a delightful and positive experience recently to share as well. If so just drop me a line via [email protected]