SENIOR AIDES PROGRAM (TITLE V)
For older adults who still want to be involved in the workplace, it can be tough to find jobs. Catholic Charities’ Senior AIDES program offers the chance to find meaningful work again—and to keep learning and growing.
Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and operated in cooperation with Senior Service America Inc., Senior AIDES subsidizes employment for low-income seniors (age 55 and over) through jobs—up to 20 hours a week at minimum wage—with nonprofit organizations and governmental entities. Participants are able to gain valuable work experience and have the opportunity to learn new skills. The goal of the program is for the men and women who participate to gain permanent, unsubsidized employment that helps them maintain their independence.
In fact, the acronym for the program stands for Alert, Industrious, Dedicated, Energetic Service—terms that aptly describe the seniors who get involved in the program.
Senior AIDES is currently offered in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Noble, Steuben, St. Joseph, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties.
This program incorporates working with a variety of local nonprofit and governmental agencies that serve as host agencies. Those agencies provide a steppingstone for program participants as they return to the workforce. Host agencies provide and support training in areas of employment such as housing, retail, food pantries, elder care, computers, administration, and community outreach programs. If you’d like more information about becoming a host agency, please contact the Catholic Charities employment services supervisor.
Catholic Charities sponsors RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), a project of the Corporation for National and Community Service. RSVP mobilizes people 55 and older to help meet a wide variety of community needs and places volunteers based on their talents, interests, and schedules.
Volunteers are placed with local social service agencies, schools, libraries, hospitals, parks, and other nonprofit entities, and are covered by insurance while performing their volunteer duties. Participants are celebrated for their volunteer efforts during annual recognition events.
RSVP is offered in DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, St. Joseph, Elkhart, and Steuben counties. To learn more about RSVP and what you can do to help others, contact the chapter in your area.
VILLA OF THE WOODS SENIOR RESIDENTIAL LIVING
Villa of the Woods Senior Residential Living is a state-licensed community for older adults. All rooms are private and include a personal bath, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, and an emergency call system. Villa of the Woods promotes the independence of its residents by providing meals, cleaning and laundry services, activities, and 24-hour staffing. The community is conveniently located in a wooded residential area, close to a bus line, a public library branch, and a shopping center.
The Villa participates in the State Residential Care Assistance Program, which is currently frozen by the state. Villa has rooms available for lower-income seniors based on their income and assets.