Northern CA Presbyterian Homes & Services, Inc.
Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services (NCPHS) has served as an RSVP grantee in San Francisco and Alameda County since 1995. To create a robust volunteer program, NCPHS has leveraged RSVP grant dollars with significant organizational resources. This investment in promoting volunteerism among older adults has been integral to NCPHS's mission to improve their quality of life.
In 2010, NCPHS's RSVP program was revamped by incorporating it with a new Coming of Age: Bay Area initiative. This strategy was intended to leverage the RSVP grant with fresh and exciting approaches to attract new to service volunteers and build the capacity of organizations to harness older adult talents. Around the country, Coming of Age workshops and activities are striking a chord with and attracting the great wave of baby boomers interested in making the most of their encore years while making a difference in their communities.
A "Healthy Futures" Primary Focus area will build on NCPHS' strong ties and involvement with organizations performing related service activities. The ability to meet output targets will be optimized by offering selected volunteer stations the opportunity to partner more closely with RSVP/Coming of Age so that the greatest number of volunteers can learn, grow, join a community of like-minded peers and apply their talents in meaningful ways.
An estimate of 633 volunteers will serve through a network of 60 stations, including Family Service Agency, Meals on Wheels, Swords to Plowshares, Experience Corp Bay Area, and Reading Partners. Activities include: tutoring students; providing companionship, transportation and food deliveries to older adults; repairing homes; and conducting community trainings. At the end of the 12-month performance period 600 older and homebound adults will report having increased social ties/perceived social support and 320 economically disadvantaged students will demonstrate improved academic engagement and/or improved academic performance in literacy and/or math. The CNCS federal investment of $226,771 will be supplemented by $ 97,833 in non-federal resources.