A new congregation of volunteers is preparing to help elderly residents retain their personal freedom at home.
Interfaith Caring Neighbors, based in the Lawrence Senior Center, 745 Vt., is seeking volunteers to help provide basic services to Lawrence residents aged 60 and older.
Services will include grocery shopping, in-home visits and telephone calls.
Volunteers also will be willing to do minor household repairs -- everything from changing light bulbs to repairing broken porch steps, said Glenna Herd, director of the group, known as ICAN. Respite care also would be available for caregivers of elderly residents.
"We're going to do things to help older adults stay in their homes as long as possible, instead of going to a nursing home," Herd said. "Nursing homes are expensive -- especially if you're trying to send children to college and provide for a parent at the same time."
ICAN was established last month, financed by a $25,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Herd said a dozen people already had contacted her office and inquired about becoming volunteers.
This year, ICAN hopes to touch the lives of 100 elderly residents, she said. Referrals and requests will be accepted beginning March 5.
Interfaith Caring Neighbors, or ICAN, is seeking volunteers to provide in-home assistance for seniors living at home.
An orientation and training workshop will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1245 N.H.
Referrals and requests for assistance will be accepted beginning March 5.
For more information, call the ICAN office, 749-2005.