Catholic Charities Fort Wayne/South Bend
RSVP plans to recruit and maintain 345 volunteers, with 107 serving in the healthy futures primary focus area. The types of populations RSVP will serve include homebound seniors, older adults, individuals with disabilities and their caregivers, those in need of healthcare and medical insurance information, families with low food-security, economically disadvantaged, pre-Kindergarten and school-aged children, young mothers, delinquent, homeless and other at-risk youth, veterans and military families, and individuals affected by disasters.
RSVP will address the primary focus area of Healthy Futures. The volunteer activities, locations and expected results are as follows. Through home-based service programs, RSVP volunteers will provide companionship to homebound seniors by assisting with one or more of the following tasks: homemaking, daily living tasks, and running errands, enabling seniors to continue living independently. In addition, RSVP volunteers will assist in teaching health classes at senior centers and will lead activity groups for older adults in order to promote healthy, active lifestyles. RSVP volunteers at several stations will provide individual guidance to assist clients in navigating health insurance decisions, or accessing affordable healthcare. Volunteers will help to support local food pantries by stocking, sorting, distributing food, and providing education and resource information to increase the food security of clients served. RSVP volunteers at free health clinics will provide healthcare to uninsured. Volunteers will assist in leading child health and safety classes at young mothers programs and other service providers. RSVP will reach out to individuals with special needs and disabilities at adult daycare centers, group homes, and disability service organizations where volunteers will work with individuals who have life-limiting disabilities, helping them to develop life skills and increase their proficiency in self-care, thereby enhancing the clients' ability to live independently. RSVP volunteers will be serving in 80 stations. The federal funding level is $72,704 and with a non-federal match of $33,377.