Volunteers help out and provide companionship

November 23, 2013 

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  • ABOUT THE AGENCY

    • Addresses: 400 12th St., Suite 4, Modesto, CA 95354

    Main office: 1106 N. El Dorado, Stockton, CA 95210

    Mother Lode programs: 88 Bradford, Sonora, CA 95370

    • Phone: (209) 529-3784

    • Web site: www.ccstockton.org

    • How we help those in need:

    We are a nonprofit agency serving Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Tuolumne, Calaveras, Alpine and Mono counties.

    Services targeted to elderly:

    Homemaker: Provides two-hour visit twice a month for light housekeeping, meal preparation, companionship, etc. (Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties)

    Assisted transportation: Rides between home and medical appointments, and for grocery shopping (Stanislaus)

    Long-term care ombudsman: Resolves problems for residents of skilled nursing and assisted-living facilities (Stanislaus and Mother Lode)

    SEAPA (Stanislaus Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance): Provides training on elder abuse and prevention strategies; connects victims with prevention services

    Representative payee (Stanislaus)

    Services targeted to all ages:

    Utility assistance

    SNAP/CalFresh enrollment assistance (food stamps)

    Family counseling

    Immigration

    Individuals and/or families assisted per month:

    500 in Stanislaus County; 70,000 per year agencywide

    How a $10 donation helps:

    One hour of homemaker service for a frail elderly client

    2.5 gallons of fuel for a senior-assisted transportation van

    Part of an electric, natural gas, water or sewer bill

    $25 donation:

    Part of an electric, natural gas, water or sewer bill

    Oil change in senior-assisted transportation van

    Materials used to train a new long-term care ombudsman

    $50 donation:

    One month of water and sewer service for a single-family household

    Part of mileage reimbursement to homemakers, volunteer drivers or ombudsman volunteers

    Part of maintenance and repair expenses on senior-assisted transportation vans (with more than 100,000 miles)

    $100 donation:

    Some supplies used in an elder abuse-prevention event

    Part of insurance or tires for senior-assisted transportation vans

    One month of electric service in a small home

    Volunteer update:

    We need volunteers, especially in the assisted-transportation and ombudsman programs. Call (209) 529-3784.

    One last thing:

    Catholic Charities is a nonprofit agency that serves all residents without regard to race, religion, etc., and has been doing so for more than 70 years. Programs are delivered through staff and volunteers working from three offices: Stockton (for San Joaquin County programs), Modesto (for Stanislaus County programs) and Sonora (for programs in the Mother Lode counties). Homemaker and assisted transportation programs are specifically targeted to residents 60 years and older, and aim to help people safely maintain independence in their homes for as long as possible. The services have no set fees, although client donations are always welcomed. When it becomes necessary or desirable to relocate to an assisted-living or skilled nursing facility, the ombudsman programs (Stanislaus and Mother Lode) work to assure a safe and dignified life for residents of licensed facilities.

    Catholic Charities’ vision statement speaks to “... partnering with others in advocating for justice and assisting those in need by providing help for today and hope for tomorrow.” Partnering is an essential component of virtually every service we provide. By way of example, the utility assistance program involves an active network of agencies that includes St. Vincent de Paul Societies, Family Resource Centers, Inter-Faith Ministries, county agencies, other nonprofit organizations and utility companies/districts. Catholic Charities is a United Way member agency.

    And, finally, if we were allowed a wish list it would include a company to “adopt” the assisted-transportation program and provide complimentary vehicle maintenance for agency vans and clubs, ministries and/or organizations to become part of our “FRIENDS” project, regularly visiting with residents in skilled nursing and assisted-living facilities.

DeeDee Robles is a regular visitor to Vivian Hurley’s Oakdale home.

Robles dusts the furniture, vacuums the carpet and scrubs the bathroom as part of the services provided by Catholic Charities.

Robles also provides companionship and conversation, and all of it comes despite the fact that Hurley isn’t Catholic.

Despite its name, the nonprofit organization serves people regardless of their belief systems.

“I don’t think I could do without them,” said Hurley, who also makes use of Catholic Charities’ transportation service to get to doctor’s appointments.

Hurley is so grateful for the work Catholic Charities does, she wrote a follow-up letter to The Bee.

“My family (three adult children) are also grateful for the services provided by Catholic Charities,” she said in the letter. “My devoted children wish they resided closer to me and had the means and time to perform the duties this agency does for me.”

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