Ms. Princella Cotton initially completed an application for the Faith in Action to Serve and Transform (FAST) Ministry as a care receiver to be transported to the doctor, grocery store, pharmacy, etc. However, she did not remain a care receiver for long. She soon became a volunteer. Ms. Cotton is very well known in this area for her wonderful singing voice. She has traveled to many local churches singing songs of praise for worship services and programs.
One of our missions at the FAST ministry is to reduce isolation and loneliness among our care receivers, and the staff soon found a way for Ms. Cotton to help do that by calling, singing and encouraging others. Ms. Cotton readily agreed to reassure other care receivers via the telephone (telephone reassurance). Since she became ill, she is no longer able to travel.
Whenever we talk to her she is always smiling and willing to take on yet another care receiver to call during the day. She states that she enjoys talking to people and does not plan to stop singing until the Lord calls her home. She often talks about having the first stroke that left her unable to speak clearly, however she did not give up and the Lord restored her voice back to the way it was before she had the stroke. She always gives God the glory for her recovery. FAST would not be able to reach as many elders without people like Ms. Cotton who is willing to help others in spite of her own challenges.