DO YOU NEED A LITTLE BIT OF HELP TO CONTINUE TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY?
ARE YOUR ACTIVITIES LIMITED BECAUSE YOU NO LONGER DRIVE?
DO YOU FEEL MORE ISOLATED AND ALONE THAN YOU HAVE IN THE PAST?
Faith in Action offers trained and supervised volunteers to help with the normal tasks of everyday living such as transportation, grocery shopping, errands, friendly visits and respite care. Care recipients are matched with a regular volunteer who can provide up to a few hours of help every week. Although we foster caring, long term relationships between volunteers and their care recipients, volunteers do not take the place of regular caregivers. We work collaboratively with your local township, social service agency and senior center to ensure that you are aware of all the resources to which you are entitled. We provide the personalized touches and fill the gaps in service that other agencies may not be able to provide.
All services are provided at no-cost by trained, screened and friendly volunteers.
Transportation: Volunteers provide escorted transportation for homebound older adults to get to their medical appointments, participate in social activities and run errands. The requests for transportation must be within a 10 mile radius of your home. At least five days notice is required and pre-registration is required. Our Program Manager is also available to meet with you to share information about all the transportation resources available in Southeast Lake County. Together, you can find solutions for as many of your transportant-dependent activities as possible. See "Transportation" for further information.
Grocery shopping/Errands: Volunteers can provide assistance with grocery shopping and other errands. If you prefer, volunteers can do the shopping or run the errands for you.
Friendly Visits: Volunteers regularly visit older adults who have expressed feelings of loneliness and isolation, and have difficulty getting out.
Respite care: Respite care volunteers provide family caregivers with a break to attend to their own needs thereby helping reduce the stress and fatigue of their tireless and unselfish efforts. It also provides the one being cared for with the experience of meeting someone new to talk with Resource Counseling: Volunteers are available to educate, inform and help seniors access resources that support independence· In addition to providing information on local programs such as subsidized taxi fares and mobile meals. they can provide practical support such as gathering paperwork needed to complete applications for financial assistance.
If you need help or know someone in the community who needs help, call us at (847) 721-8414 to request a volunteer.