Meet The Staff
Executive Director, Benjamin Church Senior Center at Benjamin Church Home at 1020 Hope Street in Bristol, and Program Coordinator of the Warren Prevention Coalition. She resides in Bristol with her husband, Greg, and children, Marissa and Justin, along with her mother.
Maria assumes the care of several people in her personal and professional life, which reflects the passion, determination, and support she has for her community. Helping others is how Maria stays true to herself and what means the most to her.
Donna Wilson (A.K.A: Seniors PI)
Assistant Director of the Benjamin Church Senior Center in Bristol RI, Graduate of Our Lady of Fatima High School and College of Hard Knock’s.
A Bristol native, fluent in Portuguese, married to her husband Dave with two children Jesse 12 and Emma 10.
Donna is inspired by her parents and grandmother, who have been her role model and taught her to put others first. She is a great advocate for seniors in the East Bay area. She has developed numerous programs for them, including Coffee with a Cop, Foster a senior, Senior Garden Boxes, Free sponsored lunches for seniors, and many other activities programs for the community.
During her very minimal downtime, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and dabbles in photography, making her well know as the snap Chat Queen with her seniors.
No one is more loyal than Donna, especially when it comes to her senior needs. She specializes in investigating new services and free programs that are available to the senior population in her community.
She feels like she is the Senior Whisperer and tries to grant their wishes.
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"I live alone. My wife died years ago so I spend many days and nights alone. I depend on the Senior Center for transportation every day to lunch and to the grocery store ... My children are happy to know that I am eating well and socializing with friends at the Senior Center."
"The only interaction I get is volunteering at the Benjamin Church Senior Center ... The Senior Center gets me out of the house and volunteering gives me a purpose."
"I come to the Senior Center everyday for lunch ... The lunch program is fantastic. This is one of my favorite things to do. My daughter is grateful for the Center because she knows that I'm getting my meals and that I have something to look forward to everyday that gets me out of the house."
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