FRIENDLY VISITOR PROGRAM
The Friendly Visitor Program is a volunteer support system which exists for the primary purpose of keeping seniors socially connected to the community. Social exchange is a vital link to mental health. The stories that we share with one another are a means of validating self-worth.
The Friendly Visitor Program assists seniors in maintaining their own identity and passing on their own valuable knowledge and experience. The Friendly Visitor is also able to witness potential problems within the client’s home environment, whether that be health deterioration or even elder abuse situations. If the senior is experiencing unusual problems, the volunteer is trained to report back to C.O.A., at which point Case Management or Information & Referral can proceed. To apply as a Friendly Visitor, contact Michele Leonard at (707) 525-0143 ext. 147. For more information on the program, contact Don Deffenbaugh at (707) 525-0143 ext. 125.