Posted: 07/02/21 17:18:31 PM
Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties Inc., the sponsor of the New Hampshire Senior Companion Program, is delighted to announce that the Senior Companion Program volunteers have resumed their community service. The mission of the Senior Companion Program and the CAPBMCI is to provide the opportunity for meaningful relationships for senior companions and their visitors. Through the Senior Companion program, talented and active individuals, aged 55 and over, serve as volunteers to accompany homebound adults.
The main goal of the Senior Companion program is to help isolated older people develop relationships that encourage independence and help improve the quality of their lives. This free, federally funded program is designed for people aged 55 and over who may be isolated due to physical or emotional issues.
“You came into our lives at the perfect time. Not only did you bring sunshine and friendship into Grandma’s life, but you also brought it into my life. You have given us all so much love and kindness. We have missed you terribly over the past few months, and I can’t wait to see you again!
The Senior Support Program is looking for caring, healthy and enthusiastic people to care for some of the isolated seniors in our neighborhoods. If you are 55, have limited income, and can volunteer 10 hours per week, you may want to consider becoming that engaged person who will visit two to five people in the community each week. In addition to the wonderful feeling you will get from helping others, the program also offers a tax-free allowance. The tax-free allowance means money that cannot be balanced against subsidized housing, food stamps, or other government grants. Other benefits of being a Senior Fellow Volunteer include: mileage, training, personal days, secondary insurance coverage, and recognition.
Cathy, a participant in the program for over two years, exclaimed with joy, “Without Pat (senior companion), I wouldn’t have anyone. She is a good friend and I look forward to her visits every week. In addition, senior companions offer family caregivers peace of mind and a well-deserved break. “It’s a godsend,” says Lorraine, who receives a break for her husband. “Richard (senior journeyman) helps me in so many ways.” Lorraine’s husband has had a partner who has been over two years old. She reports that visiting gives her time to get things done, which makes family visits more enjoyable and less stressful.
Becoming a Senior Companion is easy. Simply call the Senior Companion program offices at 603-225-3295.