Friendly Visitor Program
Through Friendly Visitor Program (FVP), carefully screened and trained volunteers are matched individually with socially isolated seniors that they visit for at least an hour each week year-round. During these visits, the volunteers provide a vital link to the community and outside world for seniors who might otherwise have very limited social interaction. All seniors are also interviewed regarding their personal history and interests to facilitate a compatible match. It is the intent of the program to increase senior safety, health and nutrition, and to slow the onset or severity of dementia by improving psycho-social health and cognition. Over 75 matches have been made since the program began in 2012.
If you or someone you know is interested in having a Friendly Visitor, or you know someone who you think would benefit from the Friendly Visitor Program, contact Mary Giordano at (703) 836-4414, ext. 120 or email@example.com, or click here for more information.
If you would like to volunteer to make a difference in a senior’s life or know of a senior who could benefit from a weekly visit, contact SSA directly at (703) 836-4414, ext. 120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All volunteers receive an individualized, one-hour training by SSA staff. We would like a six-month commitment from volunteers to meet weekly for one hour with a senior.
To download a volunteer application, click below:
SSA also provides a Library Materials Outreach Program in partnership with the Charles Beatley, Jr. Central Library in Alexandria. Thanks to the Alexandria Rotary Club for this program’s initial funding.
Thanks to Adult Companion Care, Downtown Baptist Church, Griswold Foundation, Maple Tree Fund, MCENEARNEY ASSOCIATES REALTORS, Old Presbyterian Meeting House and the United Way for their generous financial support of the Friendly Visitor Program.