Twilight Wish Foundation has four innovative programs, each created to meet a specific need of the elderly.
- Wish Granting Program
- Veterans Program
- Dining Unexpected Thank You Program (DUTY)
- Intergenerational Education Program (IEP)
First and foremost, Twilight Wish provides individual wish fulfillment through our Wish Granting Program. We grant wishes to seniors 65 and older, who earn less than 200% of poverty level or who live in a nursing facility and cannot make their own wishes come true.
One-third of all Twilight Wishes granted are for veterans. We differentiate the wishes we grant to veterans as it gives us an opportunity to thank them, many who are now in nursing homes, for all they have done for others over the years, especially for their selfless service to our country, and show that we remember and thank them.
Our Dining Unexpected Thank You (DUTY) program evolved from the personal experience of Cass Forkin that day at the diner that would be the inspiration for founding Twilight Wish. Our DUTY program directly involves the community in reaching out and thanking seniors directly by treating them to a meal on the spot. The program is simple: if a diner sees an elderly person eating out and would like to treat them to a meal, they hand the DUTY card to a waitress and pay that person’s bill. In turn, the waitress presents the card to the recipient as a thank you for everything they have done over the years. It is up to the sponsor whether or not they wish to remain anonymous. The end result is the elderly person is acknowledged and thanked by younger generations, bringing them comfort, happiness, and joy. DUTY cards can be printed directly off the website or requested from the Twilight Wish headquarters.
Lastly, our Intergenerational Education Program (IEP) matches local schools and groups of younger generations with nearby nursing homes, giving the students the full circle of the grassroots experience of fundraising, planning events, and directly granting wishes. One significant goal of IEP is that it raises the self-esteem of both the students and the nursing home recipients.