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.
Benevilla's client-centered programs are made possible by more than 550 volunteers and 125 employees. Our programs include: Volunteer Home Services: Volunteers provide services for elderly and ...read more
Started by and for our community in 1981, Benevilla enriches lives of West Valley residents by serving older adults, adults with disabilities, children and the families who care for them. To ...read more