Getting older (and wiser!) is a wonderful journey, but maybe you can’t do all of the things you once used to. If you need it, help is available. Interfaith’s services are here to help with tasks that can be a little more challenging for an older adult. Many of these services are free, thanks to the help of our friendly, caring volunteers.
If you prefer being the passenger or just need a ride, our volunteers provide free, safe, reliable transportation to and from doctor appointments, the grocery store or the pharmacy. With our help, you won’t be stranded, and you won’t feel isolated.
Note: We do our very best to have volunteer drivers available for all areas, but sometimes certain areas may be low on volunteers. Please plan ahead for when you’ll need a ride.
If You've Never Had a Ride From Us:
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Everyone needs someone to talk to. But if you or someone you care for lives alone, we understand that it can feel isolating. Just because you live alone doesn’t mean you have to feel lonely. Older adults can sign up to receive regular visits from caring volunteers. This free service gives you the chance to have a friendly chat with someone else in the comfort of your own home. You can swap stories and develop a great friendship with a visitor you’ll look forward to seeing on a regular basis.
Sign up for Home Visits
Days were getting a bit long for 90-year-old Elaine, who lives on Milwaukee’s south side. Her husband had passed away, the house was too quiet, and she was looking for another friend. In stepped Kyle, a 39-year-old Interfaith volunteer. Each week, Kyle, an IT professional at MillerCoors, stops by Elaine’s house on the way home from work for a visit. They listen to the news together, watch sports on TV and talk about life. And each week, Elaine sets out a bowl of cheese curls and a small glass of soda for Kyle.
The visits make all the difference in the world to Elaine. “I wanted somebody I could just sit and talk with,” she says. “We make jokes and laugh. Kyle’s a really good guy.”
Nearly 36% of Milwaukee County residents age 65 or older live alone.* Hearing the voice of a friendly, caring person over the phone can provide the reassurance you or someone you love needs to feel safe, secure and independent. We help make that connection.
Through our free Telephone Reassurance service, a volunteer will call you (or your loved one) every single day to check in and verify your well-being. If our volunteers can’t reach you, they are trained to call someone to check up on you, including your local police department if necessary. While safety is our #1 concern, many of the older adults who use this service develop friendly relationships with the volunteers who call them.
✔ I am age 60 or older
✔ I am a Milwaukee County resident
✔ I live alone or with an incapacitated person
When you need help around the house, Interfaith’s Personal Care Plus workers come to you. The service is a low-cost option for seniors who need extra help to remain comfortably in their homes. Fully trained, reliable and kind workers assist with housekeeping, meal preparation, personal care needs, and wellness checks. Tell us what you need help with and when: we’ll make sure we meet your needs and schedule.
Care providers receive training through our onsite Personal Care Worker Training Program. We do thorough reference and background checks to make sure you have trustworthy, professional workers coming into your home.
What's the Price?
Give us a call, and we’ll be happy to share some options with you:
Taking care of your lawn and garden can be a time consuming and physically exhausting chore for anyone. Thankfully, we have volunteers that may be able to help seniors with mowing the grass, pulling weeds, raking leaves, and even shoveling snow.
In life, a support system is crucial for everyone. That’s what our case management team is here for. Once enrolled, you’ll be assigned a specialized team who will work with you to create a comprehensive care plan, identify providers and resources, and coordinate necessary services on your behalf. It’s their job to provide support for your overall wellness so you get the greatest independence and satisfaction out of life.
How to Enroll
Please note that our case management team does not intake clients directly. This service is available to participants who meet the criteria of a specific target group and level of care. Milwaukee County will help you sign up for case management services. Please contact one of the following resource centers:
*Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (ACS), 2010-14