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.
Rich Middlesworth is our May Volunteer of the Month. He came to CONTACT Cape-Atlantic when his fellow management at Borgata encouraged volunteerism. Rich tells us, "It was a coincidence because I have been looking at doing this when I retire." Rich has 39 years working in the casino business. He is retiring at the end of May.
Rich began volunteering last year and fills in on Thursdays or Fridays, his days off. "It was very surprising to me how grateful the clients are," he says. "You figure you are going to reach out, check up on them, this and that, make sure they are okay. Maybe you are on the phone for five minutes, maybe ten. What I didn't know was how receptive people are of the phone calls. I think they are happy to know that if something happens to them, somebody will find out about it really quickly and try to help them."
Congratulations to Rich, our May Volunteer of the Month. Thanks for all that you do. You can read more about Rich under the Special Events tab. That is where you will find our May Newsletter.