This page highlights the impactful and innovative work to be accomplished by the third cohort of Community Care Corps grantees. Each snapshot includes a program overview highlighting key efforts, partners and future directions. Learn more about work of the Community Care Corps grantees and explore how your organization can implement its own innovative programs.
Duet will build on the success of year one of the grant, to significantly grow the number of dementia family caregivers served through its Meaning & Hope Institute by offering comprehensive wrap-around services (monthly educational webinars, personalized guidance, support groups, and peer support) that complement the Finding Meaning and Hope discussion series. These free-of-charge services will be easily accessible through the Institute. Duet will increase recruitment and training to secure 80 new volunteer facilitators and add 20 partner organizations to support a greater number of dementia family caregivers nationwide, including Navajo and Spanish-speaking caregivers. Our expansion will improve caregivers’ health, well-being, and resiliency.
For 35 years, FamilyMeans Caregiving & Aging program has been supporting caregivers and providing meaningful opportunities to volunteers through a successful and established respite model. Our program will continue the enhancements to our existing in-home and group respite services, including in-person, virtual, and evening options; strengthen our continuum of respite services from early stages of need to more advanced needs through our early dementia group respite opportunity; and continue building and strengthening our volunteer infrastructure with strategic adaptations to recruitment, orientation, and incentives while evaluating their impact over time.
Hospice of the Valley’s (HOV) College Partners model engages college students in providing nonmedical respite assistance for older adults with dementia and family caregivers served in HOV’s Supportive Care for Dementia (SCD) program. SCD helps persons with dementia not yet on hospice to maintain independent at home. Collaborating with local colleges, HOV will recruit and train 55 new student volunteers (“College Partners”) to provide nonmedical respite visits to 55 SCD program clients and 55 family caregivers. Student incentives include a scholarship opportunity and training certificate. Goals are reduced family caregiver burden and improved quality of life for persons with dementia.
The Sharing Network counters the damage chronic social isolation inflicts on seniors with intimate conversation groups over the phone. During successive terms, eighteen groups meet one hour a week. The medium is the phone to eliminate any impediment to participation. Participants, mostly in public housing in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, select from recreational, topical, artistic, active, and spiritual groups led by dedicated volunteer moderators. While not overlooking the rich content presented by moderators, the overriding goal is to bring people together in safe, supportive spaces where they can build relationships and recover the sense of self derived from social contact. Previously isolated elders now have “my second family,” “my sisterhood,” “a ball! It was like being in a group with people I grew up (with)…”
Building on the services in our 2021-22 model, Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia’s (JFCS) proposed 2022-23 Hoarding Support Program model will expand the utilization of the volunteers to ensure that the growing number of individuals with Hoarding Disorder can access support services and those who work with them gain knowledge about the disorder. The revised model proposes to increase the number of volunteers, clients served with volunteer-based supports, Buried in Treasures (BiT) support groups, and individuals reached through educational opportunities. This year JFCS will expand the activities of the peer volunteers and professional volunteers and develop a new Peer Support Specialist Certification Curriculum with a specialization in hoarding.
Peninsula Agency on Aging’s Caring Neighbors Program provides transportation, errands/delivery assistance, safety check-in calls, friendly visits, canine companion visits, and light housekeeping services to individuals aged 60 and over and adults with a disability. The program will reduce social isolation, decrease food insecurity, and improve quality of life, as a total of 110 volunteers provide over 3,100 services to 350 participants. The Volunteer to Work Program will help to address the companion aide shortage. Hyper-local “branches” of the Caring Neighbors Program will be developed through partnerships with neighborhood associations to expand our volunteer base and the number of clients assisted.
Rebuilding Together New Orleans (RTNO) will expand our Safe at Home program, offering free critical repair services for low-income elderly and disabled homeowners. The primary goal of the program is improving the health, safety, and mobility for our homeowners, thus dramatically improving their quality of life. Our team of staff and AmeriCorps, in partnership with volunteers, will expand the program to include 20 additional families over the next 12 months. We believe expanding our Safe at Home program will increase our impact and lead to greater confidence in the ability of older adults to age in place.
The Sibling Leadership Network will provide support to caregivers of people with disabilities, aging parents, and their brothers and sisters with disabilities through the development of volunteer efforts in three areas:
Conduct a Sib2Sib Mentoring Program to provide mentoring for adult sibling caregivers.
Produce a monthly podcast that provides information to support adult siblings of people with disabilities, their aging parents, and their adult brothers and sisters with disabilities.
Conduct monthly virtual peer support forums called Sibposiums that engage sibling caregivers and individuals with disabilities, led by volunteers.
Senior Services of Greenbrier and Monroe counties will provide a program for assisting seniors age 60 or older, adults with disabilities and their caregivers to reduce feelings of loneliness and social isolation, improve quality of life, improve measures of independence, and increase confidence in participants’ ability to live independently. Volunteers will provide a large variety of services to meet the unmet needs of the community members.