Morgan & Eleanor: The Importance of Listening

“It’s very comforting and uplifting to know someone is listening to what we share.” This thought dawned on Morgan Epley, president of the Delsea Regional High School chapter in Franklinville, NJ, after she met Eleanor at the chapter’s first makeover in January. Eleanor, a senior home resident, made an impression on Morgan: she listened intently to everything the high school junior said.

“It was a great feeling to know that all of my words had worth, and I was sure to pay the favor back to her at the makeover and now every person I interact with,” Morgan wrote in her GlamourGals journal on GGChapters.org after the makeover.

Being a good listener is an incredibly important - and often rare - skill, but it’s one that many GlamourGals volunteers, like Morgan, have acquired through their interactions with seniors.

“This kind of relationship not only has a positive effect on us volunteers, but it means the world to the seniors we interact with,” Morgan says. “After our first makeover, the activities director of the senior home shared how excited the women were for us to return. She said their spirits were uplifted in anticipation of our second makeover. I'm sure they appreciate having someone listen intently to their stories — a huge reason why they look forward to our makeovers.”

At Delsea Regional’s second makeover in February, Morgan greeted Eleanor immediately and sat down to do her nails, just like the time before.

“Eleanor was ecstatic,” Morgan says, of the two being reunited. “I had such a great experience so far by building a relationship with Eleanor and I'm looking forward to seeing her again the next time we visit the senior home.”

by Heather Furlow