In 1996 a small group of individuals applied for and received a Faith in Action® grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop an interfaith volunteer and caregiver program. The grant was awarded in May of 1996. Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Network began providing non-medical services to seniors and the chronically disabled in December of 1996. In 2002 the organization changed its name to Faith in Action of the River Cities to reflect its affiliation with the growing Faith in Action movement.
In the past 25 years Faith in Action of the River Cities has provided over 27,000 hours of service to seniors and chronically disabled population in our area.
More than one quarter of Americans over the age of 60, approximately 16 million people, struggle with daily activities such as shopping, transportation, and living in isolation. Nearly one-half of these who have difficulty do not receive any help from family or others.
We assist the community by bringing together those who need help and those who want to help others. Many of those we serve live alone and want to remain in their homes. Our goal is to help them maintain their independence while preserving their dignity and quality of life at home. Volunteers complete small tasks that can mean the difference between a person being able to age in place and being forced to move in with relatives or to an assisted living facility. These tasks include door to door transportation, assistance with shopping and errands, paperwork assistance, reassurance calls, and small chores.