Providing Hope in Southern Wake County

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Thanks to the M. Jack and Dorothy S. Stephens Fund of Triangle Community Foundation, The Center is able to offer more programs to address the needs of disadvantaged people in the communities of southern Wake County. The Center engages volunteers to provide escorted and door-through-the-door transportation, assistance with errands, light housekeeping and yard work, friendly visits, telephone assurance, and Alzheimer’s respite and family caregiver support.

The people served by The Center are seniors ages 60 and above, adults with disabilities between 18 and 60 with a chronic health issue or disability, and family caregivers of an adult that can’t be left alone. The Center prioritizes those of greatest economic or social need as specified by the Older Americans Act. All services are performed by trained and background checked volunteers with no fee for services.

Addressing Unmet Needs in Southern Wake County The need in southern Wake County is great. About 20% of the Care Receivers The Center serves live in this area and have unmet needs for whom The Center’s services could make a difference. The typical care receiver in southern Wake County is female, over 65, lives alone, with income that is just barely over the limit to qualify for Medicaid. This means they are not eligible for government assistance like transportation to the doctor or in-home aides.

The M. Jack and Dorothy S. Stephens Fund makes it possible for The Center to take a more focused, deliberate approach in serving the Southern Wake County Region. The plan is to increase service delivery by 10-20% with a strong presence in the Southern Regional Center.

Volunteer Orientation

February 21  (Wednesday) 2018 from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Wake County Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway NE, Fuquay Varina.

REGISTER NOW to become a volunteer. The mission is to serve all of Wake County. The Center’s success depends primarily on the ability to recruit enough volunteers in the region of Wake County where the services are needed. There is currently a waiting list of people needing help in the Southern Region.

Caregiver Academy Caregiver Academy is a free program that provides caregivers with tools and strategies to better cope with their unique challenges. Learn how to handle stress, improve self-confidence, communicate better, improve your ability to make tough decisions, locate helpful resources and more.

The Caregiver Academy consists of six 90-minutes sessions of practical training and is being planned for Wednesdays January 10 – February 14, 2018. Sessions are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway NE, Fuquay Varina. The curriculum, Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an award winning education program. The Center asks for a donation to help defray the cost of the $25 handbooks.This program is not open to professionals or paid caregivers.

Register by contacting Renee Myatt at or 919-460-0567. Registration limited to 12 and is on a first-come, first-served basis. If care for a loved one during the class is a problem, please let us know.