Louise Williams, a 101-year-old, doesn’t get out much as she used to, but it doesn’t stop her from appreciating the seasons change.

That’s, in part, thanks to Shea Hudson Kerr, a friendly visitor with Heights and Hills. The nonprofit organization serves over 5,000 seniors in Brooklyn.

“For her, that may be the only life she sees in this house, you know, and I realize how big of a deal it is to her,” Hudson Kerr said.

What You Need To Know

  • Shea Hudson Kerr is a friendly visitor with Heights and Hills, a nonprofit social service agency in Brooklyn

  • Hudson Kerr visits 101-year-old Louise Williams every week

  • Hudson Kerr looks at Williams' artwork, helps her navigate newer technology and, perhaps most importantly, helps her combat loneliness

The Park Slope lawyer was paired with Williams earlier this year.

“When I finally got her on the phone, she said ‘Are you coming? Are you coming or not?’ And, you know, I said, ‘Uh I can talk to you on the phone.’ And she said ‘So you’re not coming.’ And then I felt so bad. And I said, ‘Oh, I’m coming,’” Hudson Kerr said.

Now, she visits for at least an hour every week.

Hudson Kerr helps Williams practice using her smart TV so she can watch her Sunday church service.  

And if there are any issues, she’ll run right over.

“For folks who are older, um, I’m realizing now it’s just not super accessible for people who don’t remember,” Hudson Kerr said. “They may be capable, but they just don’t remember.”

Hudson Kerr helps Williams plan out meals and gets a look at Williams’ artwork.

The centenarian took up coloring books and word searches when she was in her 90s. Even after seven months, Hudson Kerr still can’t get over Williams’ attention to detail and ability to stay inside the lines.

Williams looks forward to every visit.

“I don’t know, you know,” Williams told Hudson Kerr. “I just love you from the beginning.”

Between the smiles, Hudson Kerr knows the value of these friendly visits.

“I’ve always had older people in my life,” she said. “Like my grandmother was really important to me. She’s not around anymore.”

“I have to be giving, you know,” Hudson Kerr continued. “And I think that’s why we’re all here to do: to give in some way.”

For giving seniors something to look forward to, Shea Hudson Kerr is our New Yorker of the Week.