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Faith In Action
Faith In Action is a private, non-profit organization that brings together volunteers of all ages, from area congregations, organizations, and the community to help older adults improve their quality of life and remain independent as long as possible.
The Faith In Action program works to fill the unmet needs of older adults, regardless of income, religious belief, or ethnic background. Without the assistance provided by our volunteers these people might need to seek custodial care.
How It All Began
A group of individuals from various agencies began discussing the need for a volunteer organization to serve the growing number of elderly and disabled in Crawford County to enable them to maintain their independence and dignity to the highest degree. Meetings were held with congregations in the county and the coalition began to form. In February of 2005, a grant was received from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation to form the Crawford County chapter of Faith In Action.
This program recruits and educates volunteers from participating congregations in the area and matches them with persons needing assistance. Volunteers may visit, run errands, provide transportation, or simply be there when someone is needed. Volunteers provide a support network much like that of extended family.
Ownership of this program belongs to the congregations who have pledged monetary and in-kind donations and offered their support through volunteers. The pastor's role is to support the program. The key role is that of the Congregation Coordinators. The Coordinators will assist in identifying those in need and recruiting volunteers within th church and the area.
The program is governed by a supportive Board of Directors. This ten member group meets regularly to promote policy, growth and direction of the program.
The Program Director is accountable to the Board of Directors. The Director receives requests and works with the Congregational Coordinators to match them with appropriate volunteers. The Program Director is responsible for the day to day administration of the program and communicating the mission of the program to the community. The director also recruits, screens and trains volunter caregivers; interview care receivers; assists care receivers with complex needs to locate additional resources; maintains the database; and supports the Board with fundraising.
National trends show that those persons 85 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. Isolation and loneliness are a common problem among the home bound elderly. Government funding continues to decrease even as the needs increase. Available funds are not adequate to meet the exisiting needs of the frail and elderly. Faith In Action is an exciting outreach program that improves the quality of life for the frail and elderly while enhancing our congregations and community.
The mission of Crawford County Faith In Action is to assist the elderly, the disabled and other in need to maintain their dignity, their independence and their quality of life by providing volunteer services through the shared ministry of faith communities. "A Neighbors Independence Depends On You!"
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