Volunteers of America Western Washington Programs
At Volunteers of America, we value independence. For many seniors, the ability to remain independently in their homes, with the self-confidence and satisfaction that comes from that, is out of reach. Our Senior Companion Program helps to bridge that gap, enabling a growing number of seniors to live on their own. Our companions - seniors themselves - provide high-quality personal assistance with everyday tasks, encouraging participants to remain healthy, active and involved, eliminating many of the feelings of depression and isolation that seniors and adults with disabilities often experience. Enabling clients to live in their own homes saves individuals thousands of dollars from institutional care costs. and self sufficiency. Our senior companion program allows over 400 seniors to live with dignity in their own homes.
Volunteers of America values giving families in need a hand up. Our Greenwood Food Bank distributes emergency food to families, children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. Not only do we provide food to those in need, we work with community partners and coalitions to leverage community resources and raise awareness and support for our hungry neighbors.
Volunteers of America prides itself on connecting people with developmental disabilities to living situations and experiences that foster independence and enhance self-esteem.Our services give those with developmental disabilities opportunities for community involvement and the richness that life affords anyone who is motivated to search for it.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Kent McDaniel is someone who knows first hand the power of choice. Having lived with cerebral palsy his entire life, he fought to maintain his independence. Despite having a disability, Kent is his own advocate and power of attorney. But at one time, he did not even get to decide where he lived.
When Kent’s previous care provider was not able meet his housing needs, he contacted Volunteers of America. The Disability Services program worked with Kent to establish housing arrangements and living assistance that better fit his needs and lifestyle.
“Volunteers of America allows clients to make their own decisions about how to live their lives.” Kent explains. “They care about me. I am not shy about expressing my opinions, especially in the areas that need improvement, and they haven’t given up on me yet!” says Kent.
For many low-income families, seniors, and adults with disabilities, choices are a privilege. Many times their choices are very limited because of financial means, deteriorating health, disability, or countless other barriers. Sometimes, they feel like they have no choices.
At Volunteers of America we believe all people should be empowered to live with independence, dignity, and choice. That’s why we provide food, supportive living services, and many other critical, basic supports that help people lead better lives.
YOU have a choice too – help empower individuals and families in your community! Give, advocate, or volunteer to help.