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I’m Home Alone Telephone Outreach Program

posted Jun 7, 2017, 2:15 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jun 7, 2017, 2:32 PM ]

Many seniors are living alone. Every single day of the year, Catholic Charities volunteers place friendly, personal check-in calls to those who are disabled or otherwise housebound. Often our calls are the only contact these people have throughout their day, and we have saved lives through this most welcome program.

How it works
Registered clients receive a telephone call one a day, Monday through Friday (Saturday, Sunday, and holidays can also be arranged), within a two-hour time frame. Calls are usually brief in duration. Clients may request to be called at a predetermined time each day.

Who will call
A team of trained volunteers makes the daily telephone calls. A different friendly voice will ask you each day, "How are you doing?".

What if you do not answer
If a volunteer caller fails to receive an answer after three attempts made throughout the course of the day, a predetermined contract person will be notified to investigate further.

Benefits of I'm Home Alone

  • Peace of Mind
  • Reassurance
  • Feeling of safety
  • Contact with people
  • Learn about other social services
  • Saves lives
  • Yearly social event brings volunteers and clients together.
How do I register
Call the program director at 707-528-8712 ext. 185.

Did you know

  • 8,902 seniors in Sonoma County are living with Alzheimer's disease; Catholic Charities is the only center in the county that provides services to these clients regardless of their ability to pay.
  • Almost 400 caregivers received respite at Catholic Charities Respite Center from the demanding task of caring for a loved one with dementia
  • 38% of Sonoma County's senior population lives with some form of a disability.
  • 6% of Sonoma County's seniors live below the federal poverty line.
  • In Sonoma County, 80% of long-term care for seniors is provided at home, not in facilities.
  • I'm Home Alone volunteers placed 34,840 telephone calls to seniors living alone, providing a friendly voice and check-in service
  • Homebound seniors received 119 rides to medical appointments or to buy groceries through the St. Rose CARES program