Interfaith Volunteers Provide Caregiving to the Elderly in Huntington, W.Va.

Faith in Action: Replication of the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Program

During 1996 and 1997, staff at the Prestera Center for Mental Health Services, a nonprofit agency that provides social and mental health services in Huntington, W.Va., developed the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Network to provided companionship, visiting, respite care and transportation for elderly people.

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

  • Project staff recruited 50 volunteers from more than 25 different congregations. The volunteer caregivers logged more than 1,700 hours working with 77 care recipients.