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Senior Companion Program

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Faith-Based
  • Immigrants & Refugees
  • People with Disabilities
  • Seniors

Location

Catholic Social Services197 E. Gay St.Columbus, OH 43215 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Motivated by faith, Catholic Social Services helps poor and vulnerable seniors and families reach their potential.

Description

For 75 years, Catholic Social Services (CSS) has been empowering people in need, regardless of faith or background, with the tools they need to reach their full potential. We are an anti-poverty agency focused on helping working-poor families stabilize and build a better tomorrow and on helping low-income seniors age with grace and independence.

The Senior Companion Program addresses two specific issues within the senior population in Franklin County: 1) Loneliness and isolation and 2) underuse of resources active seniors have to give. It engages two different populations of seniors: home-bound seniors and active, low-income seniors.

Senior Companions, all of whom qualify as low-income, receive stipends and travel reimbursement to visit home-bound seniors for 15+ hours a week. They provide needed socialization and non-medical assistance so clients can remain independent in their homes. The program helps both groups stay connected and retain their independence.

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