Held at the Nottingham Ballroom in Hamilton, NJ, the event attracted close to 200 guests, including volunteers, donors, politicians, and community and religious leaders. Dr. Shannon Mason, Executive Director of Mercer Street Friends and Senior Pastor of New and Living Ways Ministries in Trenton, was the evening’s keynote speaker. Entertainment was provided by Rince O’Chroi Irish Dance School, with catering by Rosa’s Restaurant & Catering.
“For people who are alone and without support, the simple gift of a ride to the doctor’s office or help with grocery shopping, or a friendly phone call or visit, can be life changing,” says ICGMC Executive Director Jane Latini. “Interfaith’
Currently celebrating its 20th year of service to the Mercer County area, ICGMC’s mission is to promote the independence and dignity of homebound elderly and people with disabilities by matching them with caring volunteers who assist with the tasks of everyday life. The agency’s 300+ volunteers are professionally screened and trained, and all services are provided without proselytization or regard to religious affiliation.
Last year was ICGMC’s busiest year on record, with staff fielding over 3,000 calls for assistance – a 24% increase over 2012 -- and 309 hardworking volunteers donating 15,015 hours to help 386 care receivers, including 196 newly enrolled ones, in every corner of Mercer County. This represents a 27% increase in hours and a 21% increase in care receivers over 2012. Compared to 2011, the increase is even more profound, with a 38% increase in hours and a 33% increase in care receivers served.
According to Ms. Latini, the aging of the population means the need for services will only increase – and she is thankful Interfaith’s volunteers are ready to meet the challenge. “All indications are that 2014 will be just as busy, if not more so than 2013,” she says. “In the past four months alone, we have already received requests from 110 new care receivers, trained 75 new volunteers and seven new group leaders and added a new member congregation – St. John the Baptist in Allentown. The phones continue to ring with requests for services, and our staff and volunteers continue to handle all those we serve with great patience, respect and care! The financial support we get from donors and members of the community is also more vital than ever.”
To request services, volunteer, or support Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County, please visit www.icgmc.org or call 609-393-9922.