Dove, Inc. newest program, Senior Companion Program is part of the Senior Corps and fits in nicely with what we do here at Dove and supports our mission. It is a great and needed addition to the service already provided by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program which was established in the mid-70's!
RSVP Director, Charlie Gillaspie will oversee this program, and Kathy Walters is the Program Coordinator.
The Senior Companion program recruits volunteers to give friendship and assistance to homebound seniors that have difficulty with daily living tasks. The Senior Companion Program or SCP pairs active seniors with older adults who aren't as independent or mobile. In addition to companionship, senior companions can prepare a light lunch, give medication reminder, read mail, and other quality of life activities. Senior Companions are also able to help provide family caregivers much-needed respite so they can take care of themselves.
Senior Companion Volunteers must be 55 years of age or better, go through background checks and training to participate, and must commit to 20 hours per week. In return, Senior Companions are provided with monthly in-service training that keeps them up to date on best practices for the elderly clients they provide companionship or family respite service. Companions are offered a small stipend for their service and support from knowledgeable staff.
This program is made possible with a grant from AmeriCorps, formerly known as the Corporation for National and Community Service.
For additional information, please see our website, www.doveinc.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.