"To assist older adults and their families to maintain their independence, dignity, and quality of life by providing quality home-based volunteer caregiving services."
Allison Marcum, Program Coordinator
Allison Marcum is a native of Lexington and a graduate of Georgetown College. After working for the Alzheimer's Association in Lexington for 4 years, Allison became a stay at home mom to her two girls, Sophia (age 5) and Amelia (age 3). She enjoys spending time at home with her husband, Chris, loves to cook, scrapbook, and play bunco with her friends! She is very excited to be a part of the Faith in Action team.
Board of Directors
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The vision for a Faith in Action: Elder Outreach program in Kentucky began in 2003. A coalition of professionals in aging services and representatives from 28 faith groups and community caregiving organizations in Fayette County came together with the goal of forming an elder outreach program that would provide nondiscriminatory free volunteer services to older adults and families in Lexington. Everyone shared a concern that increasing numbers of older adults in Fayette County would become at risk of losing their independence and potentially suffer personal and economic consequences because they could not obtain needed assistance to live independently. They also shared a vision that a resource of interfaith volunteer caregivers could fill gaps of needed assistance for older adults and provide respite for family caregivers.
The organization got a jumpstart in 2003 with seed money from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In April 2004, with just 8 volunteers, we began fulfilling our mission of helping older adults maintain their dignity and live independently at home as long as possible. A year later we had increased the numbers of our volunteers and people served ten-fold and twenty-fold. To date our free nondiscriminatory services to older adults and family caregivers exceeds over 20, 000 hours. More than 75 congregations representing diverse faith communities have been part of Faith in Action’s outreach to older persons and families. In June of 2007 we expanded our services to Scott County. Currently over 120 active volunteers representing a broad diversity in regard age, race, ethnicity, occupation, and religion are continuing our mission to help older neighbors in need and support family caregivers. There are also currently over 130 active care recipients from Fayette and Scott counties.
The early years of our elder outreach program set the stage for a story that does not end. Our story is about neighbors helping neighbors. It is about people of different backgrounds coming together to make a real difference in the lives of others. The volunteer assistance provided has significantly added to the quality of life to older adults in our community. With the assistance of FIA volunteers the care receivers are able to participate meaningfully in the community, remain independent, and enjoy a better quality of life.