April 6, 2020
RideConnect Mobilizes Quickly to Safeguard Vulnerable Residents
PURCHASE, NY – Family Services of Westchester (FSW)’s RideConnect program is calling older adults 60+ in Westchester and southern Putnam County who need shopping and delivery of groceries or medication. The program has hundreds of volunteers available to shop so that the vulnerable population can stay home and safeguard their health during the COVID-19 outbreak.
RideConnect’s core mission is to provide transportation resources for older adults 60+, and it has mobilized quickly to meet the new demand for delivery services to seniors and those who are immunocompromised. In the first week of launching the expanded service, its volunteer force doubled from 300 to nearly 700.
RideConnect continues to provide seniors with transportation to essential medical appointments like chemotherapy and dialysis. FSW also offers mental health counseling available by telephone or video for those experiencing depression, anxiety, grief or other issues.
FSW has a long history of providing older adults with a wide range of services including home health aides, assisted living and its award-winning dementia-focused adult day care, My Second Home. The day program is temporarily suspended during the virus outbreak, but continues to support clients with education and resources remotely.
Seniors and immunocompromised individuals can inquire about receiving grocery or medication deliveries by calling 914-242-7433 or emailing Karen Ganis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Details are available at www.fsw.org/seniors-grocery-delivery. Those looking to volunteer can visit www.fsw.org/volunteer-grocery-delivery.
About Family Services of Westchester
Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is a nonprofit organization operating in Westchester County, New York since 1954. With nearly 50 innovative programs, FSW provides mental health and social services that strengthen and support families, children and individuals at every stage of their lives. Learn more about FSW at www.fsw.org.
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