“I feel it’s always good to have a reason to get up in the morning. Volunteering brings you out and make connections and makes you feel you are still contributing to society.”Margaret, HomeFriends Volunteer
What is the HomeFriends Program?
HomeFriends is a visitor program for isolated or home-based seniors or people with limiting health conditions. This program was created by the Princeton Senior Resource Center in 1987 in response to a growing need for companionship and support for home-based older adults and adults with disabilities in Princeton and nearby communities.
Volunteers can do a variety of things during weekly home visits such as: grocery shopping and other routine errands, accompany seniors on walks, read and sort mail, exchange stories about life experiences, or pursue mutually shared interests. Some volunteers bring library books, share a movie, or weed in the garden together.
HomeFriends was designed to complement and support rather than replace the role of family and paid caregivers.
How does the HomeFriends Program work?
Volunteers are interviewed, trained, background checked, and matched for such things as background, common interests, and geographical location. HomeFriend volunteers meet with their participants an hour or more per week. There is no charge for this service.
How can I enroll in the program?
Any person over 60 years of age who needs companionship and who resides in the Princeton area is eligible for this program. Priority is given to those without other local sources of support, such as family or residential community staff.
If interested in volunteering or having a volunteer come to your home, contact the HomeFriends Coordinator, Dave Roussell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609.252.2362. To apply for a volunteer position you can also complete the online application.