December 7, 2018

Secular agencies help seniors, too

Criterion staff report

In addition to parish and Catholic‑based ministries, several secular agencies throughout central and southern Indiana offer vital help to seniors as well. Two such services are the Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP) and local Area Agencies on Aging.

The Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a national volunteer network for those age 55 and older. It is one of three programs offered through Senior Corps, a service of the federal Corporation for National and Community Service agency.

The program partners with community non-profits and public agencies to offer opportunities for its volunteers to meet community needs. Volunteers have the flexibility to decide which organizations to serve and how frequently.

Area Agencies on Aging were created by a federal law in 1974 to help seniors and their caregivers live quality lives with independence and dignity.

Following is a list of RSVP branches and Area Agencies on Aging located throughout central and southern Indiana, listed alphabetically by sponsor.

RSVP

  • Area 10 Agency on Aging, covering Monroe and Owen counties: www.area10agency.org/rsvp, 812-876-3383.
  • Catholic Charities Indianapolis, covering Hamilton, Hendricks, Johnson and Marion counties: bit.ly/2QAGV9W (case sensitive), 317-261-3378.
  • Dearborn County Social Council Inc., covering Dearborn, Ohio and Ripley counties. www.myrsvp.org, 812-539-4005.
  • Hope Southern Indiana, covering Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Jefferson and Scott counties: bit.ly/1KIyG0e (case sensitive), 812-948-9248.
  • Interlocal Community Action Program, covering Hancock, Henry and Rush counties: www.icapcaa.org/rsvp, 765-529-4403.
  • Lincoln Hills Development Corporation, covering Crawford, Perry and Spencer counties: 800-467-1435, ext. 230.
  • Western Indiana Community Action Agency, covering Clay, Putnam and Vigo counties: www.wicaa.org/senior.html, at 812-232-1264.

Area Agencies on Aging

  • Public Service Area 7, covering Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties: Area 7 Agency on Aging and Disabled West Central Indiana, westcentralin.com/area7.htm, 812-238-1561.
  • Public Service Area 8, covering Marion, Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan and Hendricks counties: CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions, cicoa.org, 317-254-5465.
  • Public Service Area 9, including Wayne County: LifeStream Services, Inc., www.lifestreaminc.org, 765-759-1121 or 800-589-1121.
  • Public Service Area 10, covering Monroe and Owen counties: Area 10 Agency on Aging, area10agency.org, 812‑876-3383.
  • Public Service Area 11, covering Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson and Jennings counties: Thrive Alliance, www.thrive-alliance.org, 812-372-6918.
  • Public Service Area 12, covering Dearborn, Jefferson, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties: LifeTime Resources, Inc., lifetime-resources.org, 812-432-5215.
  • Public Service Area 14, covering Clark, Floyd, Harrison and Scott counties: LifeSpan Resources, Inc., lsr14.org, 812‑948-8330.
  • Public Service Area 15, covering Crawford, Lawrence, Orange and Washington counties: Hoosier Uplands/Area 15 Agency on Aging, hoosieruplands.org, 812-849-4457.
  • Public Service Area 16, including Perry and Spencer counties: SWIRCA and More, swirca.org, 812-464-7800 or 800‑253-2188.

 

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