Over the past year, Friends for LIfe has served over 1,500 clients in Central Texas and over 80 counties in Texas. We have helped 127 clients with Money Management, with over 3,426 bills paid. We have assisted 486 clients in Guardianship and cared for 114 Adult Day Care clients. Over 1,300 clients have been helped to live better lives in our Independent Living and Quality of Life program. Last Thanksgiving, more than 450 holiday meals were prepared and delivered to people in their homes. We are so thankful for our 184 volunteers this last year, who served a total of 25,595 hours. The private sector estimates the value of volunteer work at $25.11 per hour. That means our volunteers donated $567,348 of their time and services. Come join us!
For over 27 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 over 900 elders and adults with disabilities continue to live in their own homes and volunteers worked to improve quality of life for thousands of people in long term care facilities.
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.