Gulf Coast Village’s Pastor Tom Hafer teaches Faith & Fitness at annual Dr. Piper Center event

Pastor Tom Hafer, director of spiritual services for Gulf Coast Village, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, recently spoke at Dr. Piper Center for Social Services, Inc.’s annual orientation for Foster Grandparent volunteers, held on July 27 at Southwest Florida Safety Council in Fort Myers. Hafer spoke to Foster Grandparent volunteers about the importance of staying healthy, both physically and spiritually, in order to better care for others.

Speaking on faith and fitness, Hafer expressed the importance of caring for ourselves through the sustainable, spiritual practices of clean eating and exercise. He also revealed how physical and spiritual wellness go hand-in-hand, highlighting the simple changes and practical steps that the volunteers can take in order to develop an overall healthier style, which in turn enables them to better care for the individuals they serve.

Dr. Piper Center’s Foster Grandparent program provides volunteer opportunities and community involvement for seniors to serve as “foster grandparents” for special needs and at-risk children. The program serves as a bridge between two generations, young and old, allowing elder mentors to share their love, wisdom and experience with younger peers.

“As always, Pastor Tom Hafer brings wonderful tips to shed light on how to attain great quality of life both physical and spiritually,” said Lourdes Galan, MSW, program manager for Dr. Piper Center for Social Services, Inc. “His message highlights the importance of what really matters in life: health and spirituality!”

Hafer offers free workshops and shares a weekly newsletter, entitled “My Weekly Ramble.” To schedule a talk by Hafer, contact him at to*@ha***.com or visit