During these last few years as a columnist and speaker, I've found myself running into knots of wonderful people who provide great service to our elders and caregivers. Called Faith In Action, each of these groups seem to provide a little different type of service. I've had a hard time getting a handle on putting the word out on a national level - until now.
Yesterday, I received an e-mail from Doris E. Kilbane, Program Director, Faith in Action, Medina County (Ohio) Caregivers. After a couple of e-mail volleys, I had what I needed. I am now subscribing to their national newsletter.
I went to Faith In Action's Web site and here is how they begin:
"Faith in Action is an interfaith volunteer caregiving initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Local Faith in Action programs bring together volunteers from many faiths to work together to care for their neighbors who have long-term health needs.Faith in Action volunteers come from churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship, as well as the community at large. Volunteers help those in need by providing non-medical assistance with tasks such as:
- picking up a few groceries or running errands
- providing a ride to the doctor
- friendly visiting (talking and listening)
- reading or helping to pay bills
With this volunteer assistance, members of the community who have long-term health needs can maintain their independence for as long as possible. Although, each Faith in Action program is unique in the services provided and care receives being served, there are five basic characteristics (Program Model) all programs have in common."