Senior Services Associates
Senior Services Associates, Inc. sponsors RSVP of McHenry and Kane Counties, in Illinois and has done so since 1987.
The program will support a total of 575 volunteers who annually report approximately 95,000 hours of service. These volunteers support 90 stations throughout McHenry and Kane Counties.
The primary focus area of service where volunteers will be making the most impact will be "Healthy Futures". Volunteer activities will include: Delivering hot meals to frail seniors up to five days per week, throughout our service area. These meals will be delivered to homebound and frail elderly that have been assessed and considered "at risk". As the meals are delivered, a wellness check is also provided as many of these seniors rarely get other visitors on a daily basis. A Transportation Program is available to senior who are looking for viable resources. Seniors will be healthier because they will have more money to spend on healthier food and medications as RSVP volunteers provide rides free of charge. Transportation is provided to necessary appointments and regular trips to the grocery store and pharmacy. Small Home Repairs will be offered by skilled RSVP volunteers who will assist with small home repairs insuring the homes are kept in good repair resulting in a safe living environment. A Friendly Visiting Program is offered as many seniors risk isolation because of transportation issues, family separation, etc., RSVP volunteers will be recruited, screened and matched with homebound seniors.
All of the above services will allow for "Independent Living" for the seniors in McHenry and Kane Counties. RSVP volunteers will provide these services allowing homebound seniors to continue to live independently and in their own homes, without the risk of institutionalization.
In support of the project, $41,966 CNCS federal funds are requested. $42,435 will invested by the State and through local funding sources.