Friends for Life helps the elderly and people with disabilities live independently as long as possible, protects and cares for those who are unable to care for themselves and brings generations together to enrich lives.
For almost twenty-five years, Friends for Life has been recruiting, training and organizing volunteers to help the elderly live independently as long as possible and to improve their quality of life.
Last year, we helped 832 continue to live in their own homes and volunteers worked to improve quality of life for thousands of people in long term care facilities.
Over the years we have created dozens of Intergenerational Programs where adults and children come together to learn from each other and love one another.
In 1990 Friends for Life was asked to serve as legal guardian for a man who was found unconscious. He was unable to make medical decisions and he had no family who could intervene on his behalf. Friends for Life now offers guardianship service in 81 Texas counties and serves as guardian when the judge determines a person lacks capacity and there is no family member qualified and willing to serve. This past year, Friends for Life served 528 people in its guardianship program.
In 1995, we were asked to manage money for an elderly woman who was about to be evicted because she had not paid her rent in a year. With the help of trained volunteers, we intercede with creditors, help with budgets, assist with accessing benefits, balance checkbooks, reconcile bank statements and pay bills. We also help people access benefits and connect with resources in the community. This past year, Friends for Life served over 600 people through its Money Management Programs.
In June 2000, Friends for Life took over an adult day care program in Waco, Texas that was scheduled to close. This center is open from 7AM to 6PM, Monday through Friday and provides nursing care, meals, transportation, activities, social interaction, exercise programs and more. Friends for Life served over 120 people this past year through its Adult Day Care Center.