CONTACT Cape-Atlantic provides a FREE "check-in" phone call to the elderly and disabled who are living alone. This call allows them to remain independent in their own home, a goal so many of us share. If a phone call is not answered at the scheduled time, there are procedures each volunteer follows. These procedures have allowed CONTACT Cape-Atlantic to help many people in need.
CONTACT Cape-Atlantic was started to keep in touch with elderly and disabled living alone and to let them know someone cares about them. Now this successful program has grown to help anyone, regardless of age, have contact with another friendly person. Our volunteers help over 200 adults each day stay in their homes independently.
Reassurance Program is funded by The Older Americans Act through Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services.
Gina Rendon-Perez is our January Volunteer of the Month. She helps with a full-shift of calls every Thursday afternoon. She was the manager of Barnes and Noble until a driver ran her off the road more than two years ago. She is now in a wheelchair. Having been raised in Mexico City, Gina is able to speak Spanish to one of our clients, and she does this seven days a week. This is in addition to her regular weekly shift.
Gina tells us, "You are making a difference in people's lives." About her calls she adds, "Many people are just lonely, they want someone to talk to, someone to share stories with. Isn't that what we all want? I listen to them, let them tell their stories." Gina is a terrific listener.
Congratulations to Gina, our first Volunteer of the Month for 2019. Thanks for all that you do. You are truly an inspiration to us all. You can read more about Gina under the Special Events tab on this website. That's where you will find our January Newsletter.