Pender Adult Services, Inc.
Pender Adult Services, Inc. (PAS) based in Burgaw, NC is the sponsor for the RSVP Program in Pender County. Pender County has one of the fastest growing rates of the over 65 population in NC and the nation. PAS operates two Senior Centers and a Wellness Facility providing a continuum of services to meet the needs of seniors in the county. The Pender County RSVP Program has entered its third year of successful operation recruiting approximately 125 volunteers providing valuable services throughout the county. The 2013 request is $65,464 to help support and maintain the RSVP Program in Pender County utilizing a total of 125 unduplicated volunteers. $27,653 in nonfederal matching funds or in-kind resources will be provided by Pender Adult Services, Inc.
The focus area for the 2013 - 2015 RSVP Project will be Healthy Futures with activities including providing meals in the homes of the disabled and seniors as well as providing transportation as needed. The Healthy Futures focus will also include providing RSVP volunteers in the home to provide support activities helping to maintain the disabled person or senior in the home. Following the 2013/2014 grant year, it is estimated that 85 seniors and disabled individuals will be provided meals and social support in their homes through the services provided by RSVP Volunteers. In addition, RSVP volunteers will also provide mentoring services for the developmentally delayed in the community. Many are Cape Fear Community College students or participants in local support programs. It is proposed that approximately 65 volunteers will provide services in the Healthy Futures focus area.
Eleven volunteer stations have been established in Pender County to contribute to the success of the Pender County RSVP program. The stations and partner organizations include TEFAP Food Bank, Pender Christian Services, Armour of God and the Pender County Library providing the opportunities for RSVP volunteers placement to work one-on-one with Developmentally Delayed young adults. Pender Adult Senior Centers, both in Burgaw and Topsail, and Fitness Fusion also serve as stations to provide resources for homebound clients. Four Middle Schools in Pender County claim the remaining Stations. Each of these stations support volunteers that tutor in the Pender County School system. The remaining middle school in Pender County will be provided RSVP tutors sometime this grant year, thereby providing all county middle school students the same opportunity to grow their reading skills.
Respite care for homebound seniors and the disabled will provide the client assistance with two or more activities of daily living enabling the individual to continue living in their own home. Volunteer services provide assistance and educational information to caregivers ensuring that the client can remain at home. RSVP workers provide such assistance needed including Respite Care. Especially in clients with dementia, the provision of respite care is vital to allow the caregiver the opportunity to receive the mental and physical relief needed to rebuild their strength for daily care giving. Currently, PAS reports a waiting list of over 110 individuals requesting services for home or respite care services. Due to federal & state budget cuts the need for respite and home care is increasing. RSVP volunteers visit 2-4 hours a week and attend to the needs of these clients. The main concern of the homebound is that they be able to live out the remainder of their lives in their own communities. RSVP volunteers attend to their needs through Meals on Wheels, delivering an additional bag of groceries monthly (through a partnership with Burgaw Holiness Church), transportation arranged for trips to Doctors and Nutrition Center, and emergency and safety repairs being done through additional partnerships with area churches, agencies, and large corporations.
Mentoring will also be provided for the developmentally disabled. Participants from Cape Fear Community College and a local residence for the disabled have been assisted by RSVP volunteers to identify volunteer and employment opportunities in the local community.