Oregon Hospital Helps Establish Faith in Action Volunteer Caregivers Program
From 2001 to 2004, staff at Sherwood Faith in Action in Sherwood, Ore., recruited, trained and deployed volunteers to provide caregiver services locally to both disabled and frail elderly people.
Sponsored by Providence Newberg Hospital, Sherwood Faith in Action is a coalition of 11 organizations (churches, social service organizations and the local public library). It is the second of two Faith in Action sites started by the hospital; the first was Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers in Newburg, Ore.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program Faith in Action, Replication of the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Program.
Project staff recruited 34 volunteers who, in 2004, provided more than 1,300 hours of service to care recipients. Services ranged from household chores to friendly visits and transportation. In 2006, the volunteer force grew to 40 regular volunteers and more than 110 who provided care assistance on special occasions.
In 2004, a total of 31 frail elderly and disabled people received care assistance from volunteers working with Sherwood Faith in Action. By 2006, this figure had grown to approximately 300.