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Are you a caregiver and feel that you don’t have time to take care of your own needs? Are you an elderly individual or adult with a disability who would enjoy a weekly companionship and supportive in home visit from a trained volunteer? SoFIACare can help! We provide respite care services by trained volunteers who provide weekly visits with your loved one. SoFIACare also provides community resources and ongoing training opportunities for caregivers.

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We know family caregivers are often the backbone of care in South Florida. But for many, the economic and emotional costs of caregiving are too high and older adults remain socially isolated. SofiaCare is a holistic approach to meeting the needs of caregivers and isolated older adults with training, rapid response programs, and advocacy. SofiaCare is made possible through the generous support of The Jim Moran Foundation, The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Keep reading to learn more about the programs and services that make up SofiaCare below.

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Caregiver Assistance Program

The Caregiver Assistance Program provides quarterly workshops offering a day of socialization and informational services to caregivers of frail individuals being served through our existing programs.

The quarterly workshops cover topics aimed to reduce stress and ease the challenges of caregiving by providing educational material from knowledgeable community speakers. The grant primarily focuses on serving caregivers or clients who are 80 and older.

The goal of this program is to provide caregivers with a much needed break while providing education on topics relevant to caregiving– Our hope is to support caregivers through this challenging journey and provide them with necessary tools to better care for themselves and their loved ones.

This grant was made possible by the Dignity in Aging Funders Collaborative and support has been provided by the following Funds at the Community Foundation of Broward:

  • Alvin and Gloria Ross Community Care Fund

  • Katz Family Fund

  • Berta Hirschl Fund

  • Mary N. Porter Community Impact Fund

  • Discretionary Community Fund

Caregiver Coalition of South Florida

Recognizing that South Florida is at the epicenter of economic and emotional issues facing caregivers, the South Florida Institute on Aging brought together business and community leaders in August 2017 to identify the top issues facing caregivers. After 6 months of thoughtful planning and discussion, the Caregiver Coalition of South Florida was announced at SoFIA's inaugural Caregiver Symposium. Since August 2017, its founding members of this grassroots effort has worked on a vision, mission and a plan that will ensure we take action towards generating local solutions to help our caregivers thrive. Join the Coalition by emailing info@thesofia.org to learn more.

Friendly Visitor Program

Are you an older LGBT adult? Do you ever feel lonely? Do you wish you had someone you could rely on to come by, chat, and listen to your concerns? 

As part of the SAGE@SoFIA, an Our Fund Foundation Initiative, the Friendly Visitor Program helps alleviate isolation and reconnects you to other LGBT elders in your area.

There is NO CHARGE to have a Friendly Visitor. Friendly Visitor Program helps alleviate isolation and reconnects LGBT older adults with other people.

 
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Support for SAGE@SoFIA, An Our Fund Initiative, was provided by the Our Fund Foundation, with major contributions from the following donors:

  • The Paul Fasana Charitable Fund at Our Fund

  • Dick Schwarz and Tom Massey

  • The Howard Greenfield Charitable Trust

  • The Scott Bennett Charitable Fund at Our Fund

  • Neil Burmeister and Robert Romano

  • The Stepp Zimmer Fund at Our Fund

  • The Sue Wilder Charitable Fund at Our Fund

  • The DC Allen and Ken Flick No Gay Hate Fund at Our Fund

  • John Pritchard’s Make Change Matter Fun at Our Fund

Support for the Friendly Visitor Program Manager was provided by the following funds at the Community Foundation of Broward:

  • Richard Frisby and Edward Burkhart Fund

  • Gay and Lesbian Broward Community Fund

  • The Wil and Susan Greaton Fund

  • Elizabeth Ryan Fund

  • Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund

Legacy Corps

You can help provide caregiver and veteran support services by and for veteran and military families. As a Legacy Corps Member, you will help serve those in need by:

  • Enhancing the quality of someone’s life by spending approximately 8 - 12 hours per week providing companionship respite services

  • Allowing caregivers the opportunity to take a much needed break

  • Services are designed to support the caregiver, decrease caregiver stress, and improve their ability to continue caring for their love one at home

Legacy Corps Member Benefits:

  • Receive a comprehensive 20 hour training, followed by regular monthly in-service meetings

  • Receive a taxable monthly allowance of $150.00 to offset any cost of volunteering

  • Become a part of a dynamic team of members dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families that have served our country.

  • After a year of service, you will earn an Educational Award of $1527 (can be used by yourself; or if over 55 gift to a child or grandchild at a Title IV Institution of higher learning).

 
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RELIEF for Caregivers

Our volunteers help in-need adults thrive with the RELIEF for Caregivers Program. They provide in-home respite to relieve caregivers of older adults. Respite care can increase a caregiver’s ability to attend to a home-bound senior without becoming ill themselves. It offers a much needed break to family members and loved ones providing constant care for a frail elder and those stricken with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Whether it’s a day of shopping, a walk in the park or afternoon out, caregivers deserve and need an occasional break. Funding for this program is generously provided by:

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