An All-Faiths Effort Helps Russian Immigrants, Other Elderly in Salt Lake City

Faith in Action: Replication of the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Program

During 1998 and 1999, Jewish Family Services—a social service provider—and LifeCare—a nonprofit organization that provides food, shelter and other needs to help older people stay in their homes—joined forces to help frail and low-income elderly in Salt Lake City.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Program, Faith in Action®, Generation 2 and Generation 3 national program.

Key Results

  • In all, 110 volunteers provided services for 130 clients.

  • A congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints adopted a subsidized senior high-rise apartment with approximately 50 refugees immigrants from the former Soviet Union.