Y OPAS is a local outreach program of the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA. Volunteers provide support services free of charge. We offer transportation to medical appointments, shopping and errands, friendly visiting , reassurance calling, caregiver relief, basic business help, household assistance, information referrals, care plans for clients recently released from hospital to reduce re-admission, and monthly social events and activities.
We currently have 194 volunteers that service 450 seniors in the Ahwatukee area. In 2016 volunteers donated over 9600 hours to complete 4576 assignments. Volunteers drove 72,746 miles and average a total of 20-25 drives per day. In 2016 Y OPAS took in 130 new clients and 46 new volunteers. While transportation is still 90% of our services, the social activities have become increasingly popular. To help our clients stay connected to their community and to help combat isolation and loneliness we are continuing to add to our social offerings. We host monthly luncheons for over 100 people - with a catered lunch and programming including presentations from the Art museum, musicians, authors and more. We host monthly game day at the YMCA with Mexican Train Dominoes and cribbage, we utilize the YMCA bus to take small groups on shopping trips to WalMart and the local mall, and we offer "out and abouts" with small groups meeting for coffee or lunch on the weekends, and last but not least, we host a monthly crochet club who make mats for people experiencing homelessness in our city. All of these offerings provide human connection and interaction that are critical to the community we serve. This funding will support and help us expand our social offerings.
In her own words from Patricia C.
My decision to join YOPAS has been one of the most impactful of my life. Without them I would not be able to live alone. The services and reassurance they provide go well beyond transportation and shopping assistance. My serious health problems have escalated steadily in the four years since I joined, and they have been with me every step of the way, helping me deal with the physical and emotional challenges. When my brother and room mate suddenly passed away, I was completely alone. YOPAS has truly become my family.
As one example of several, I was very worried and apprehensive about an upcoming major surgery. One of the volunteers came to the hospital a few hours before the surgery, and another asked her mother (whom I had met several times) to come because she had to work. Both stayed with me right up until the surgery, which made a huge difference in my emotional state.
I really enjoy the monthly luncheons and dominoes. They provide social interactions I wouldn't have otherwise.
Several of the volunteers have become good friends. Their friendship, compassion and caring has given me back my spirit, my zest and the gift of laughter.
Y OPAS Mission is to provide support services that enable seniors to maintain their independence. Our services align with the YMCA Mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that promote healthy spirit, mind and body for all.