Benevilla's Volunteer Home Services (VHS) program works to improve the well-being and help maintain the independence of older adults and adults with disabilities. This is accomplished through the dedication of our volunteers, who provide free supportive services, including:
Assisted Transportation: Volunteers provide door-through-door transportation services, not only ensuring that our members get to all of their medical appointments safely, but also waiting for them during their appointments, picking up a prescription if needed, and then driving them home.
Grocery Shopping: Many seniors are not able to drive to the grocery store to buy food, so our volunteers will do their shopping for them or with them, to ensure they have the food they need.
Minor Home Repairs: As individuals age, it becomes harder for them to undertake basic repairs that their house and/or appliances need. Often these seniors also live on a fixed income, which makes hiring a repairman difficult. Our members can request assistance from one of our handy volunteers to undertake home/appliance repairs they need to keep their house in good condition.
Business Assistance: Members can request help with what we call "business assistance," which means help in paying their bills, completing paperwork for benefits, etc. Many times one person in the relationship balances the check book and pays the bills. When that person passes away our volunteers help educate the member on how to balance a check book, how to pay their bills, and various other tasks.
Friendly Visitor/Phone Pal Visits: Benevilla's caring volunteers offer weekly in-person and/or over-the-phone companionship and socialization for homebound members to help them ward off the depression that many isolated, homebound seniors develop.
This program directly impacts the population of senior adults and individuals with disabilities throughout the Phoenix West Valley. In 2017, Benevilla volunteers provided more than 1,244 grocery deliveries, 2,625 escorted rides, and 654 in-person/phone visits to more than 540 unduplicated individuals.
Community Need: A Growing Senior Population that Wants to Remain in their Homes
The American Association of Retired People has recently found that nearly 90% of seniors prefer to remain in their homes and communities as they age. However, adults who are elderly and/or disabled face many challenges that limit their ability to live independently, including illnesses or disabilities; vision and/or hearing loss; social isolation; hunger and nutrition deficits; weakness and declined physical ability; lack of transportation; and poverty. Benevilla sees these issues daily among those we serve.
Brush Up Nebraska Paint A Thon is a community based volunteer program that paints the exterior of homes of qualified low income elderly and low income permanently disabled homeowners in the Omaha Metropolitan Area so that they can maintain their property, increase energy efficiency, and beautify the community that they have lived in for many years.
Madison County Senior Center is a place of friendship, recreation and education for seniors and older adults, with over xxx members. We also provide our members and community members with meaningful volunteer opportunities. This is a great way for them to not only feel connected, but that they are giving back to the community with a sense of purpose. Often times these volunteer opportunities benefit many within our community.
Madison County Senior Center also provides fun and recreational activities that help build friendships such as bingo, Shopping trips, Crafts, and social events around holidays. We pride ourselves in supporting our members, and community members, with a place to belong as we age, which is so important in helping people transition through life's many challenges, including the loss of a spouse and friends. Loneliness is one of main contributors to declining health and wellbeing as we age, Madison County Senior Center helps our members beat loneliness and provides the opportunity to stay active and connected.
We offer hot lunch meal five days a week and deliver, on average xx, home delivery meals to homebound seniors. Home bound Meal delivery, is much more than a noon time meal delivery service to the frail of health and elderly of our community. A very dedicated group of volunteers offer more than just a nutritious meal. Often the volunteer of Home Bound Meal Deliver is the only visitation the client receives during the day. A sense of security is provided to our clients and their families, knowing that someone will be checking on them. A friendly smile always makes the day better.
Madison County Senior Center has established itself as a community focal point where older adult can come together for services and activities that reflect their diverse needs and interests, enhance their dignity, support their independence, and encourage their involvement in and with the center and the community.
Our goal is to obtain sponsorship for participants (caregiver and person living with dementia) to participate for 8 hours/week for six weeks at no charge to the participants. We are requesting 500.00 sponsorship per couple to cover the cost of supplies, staff, activities. This averages out to about 10.00/couple and hour. Please view the attached video for an example of the services we are offering. We are seeking to support 20 couples.