John Dorsey: a caregiver & a conversationalist
Go to the Chick-fil-A area in the Northgate Mall any weekday around noon and you are likely to see a group of older people sitting around and eating lunch. Ask any one of them if they know John Dorsey and they will likely say yes.
"My dad and I always came here several days a week and John would be here," said Jean Rothfolk. She said Dorsey goes to Northgate almost everyday and talks to everyone.
"So many people in the mall know John. He is just a friend to everybody," said Rothfolk.
It didn't take long for Dorsey and Rothfolk's dad to become friends. To many, he is more than a friend, because he will take on a care-giver role. That is exactly what Dorsey did for Jean's dad until he recently passed away.
"He takes care of people so selflessly. If an older person needs him anyway at all, to come over or to shave them and feed them or whatever an old person needs, he is there. I mean he is like a walking angel," said Rothfolk.
Typically Dorsey gets to Northgate Mall at noon, but Rothfolk convinced him to come a bit earlier at 11 a.m.
"Oh here he comes!" exclaimed Rothfolk.
"John, on behalf of NewsChannel 9 and the McMahan Law Firm, we want to Pay it Forward to you $500," said Rothfolk.
Dorsey truly has a passion for helping people, specifically older people. Sometimes that means being a caregiver, like with Rothfolk's father, and other times it just means having a simple conversation at the Chick-fil-A in the middle of the mall.
"About 1995, I started with senior neighbors and then their group ended. By that time I retired and continued on my own," said Dorsey.
It's the simple conversation though that truly can make the difference in two people's lives.
"It makes me feel good, it really does, to help someone that needs help. I'll continue doing it as long as I can, as long as I can be helpful," said Dorsey.
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