Houston Coalition Launches Volunteer Caregivers Initiative as Part of RWJF's Faith in Action Program

    • August 1, 2006

From May 2001 through October 2003, staff at the Faith in Action Project of Houston recruited, trained and deployed volunteers to provide caregiver services to elderly people living in Houston's Independence Heights neighborhood.

The Faith in Action Project of Houston was a coalition of six organizations (churches and businesses), which was spearheaded by staff from Elderly & Veterans Assistance & Relief Services, an independent nonprofit organization serving elderly people and veterans.

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

Key Results

  • Project staff recruited more than 75 volunteers, who provided direct non-medical assistance to 200–300 frail elderly people annually. Services ranged from household chores to friendly visits and transportation.

  • Special projects for care recipients included:

    • A food pantry.
    • A residential facility that can house up to six ambulatory elderly people.
    • Prescription pickup and delivery.
    • Reassurance calls.
    • Companion care.
    • Referrals.
    • Education on Medicare's prescription drug plan (Part D).
    • Documentation preparation.