Family Services of Westchester (FSW)’s RideConnect program has volunteers ready to shop for groceries and medication for senior citizens and other vulnerable citizens of Westchester and southern Putnam counties so that they can shelter in place during the coronavirus outbreak.
RideConnect’s core mission is to provide transportation resources for adults over 60, and it has mobilized quickly to meet the new demand for delivery services to seniors and those who are immune-compromised. In the first week of launching the expanded service, its volunteer force doubled from 300 to nearly 700.
RideConnect continues to provide seniors with transportation to essential medical appointments like chemotherapy and dialysis. FSW also offers mental health counseling available by telephone or video for those experiencing depression, anxiety, grief or other issues.
FSW has a long history of providing older adults with a wide range of services, including home health aides, assisted living and its award-winning dementia-focused adult day care, My Second Home. The day program is temporarily suspended during the virus outbreak but continues to support clients with education and resources remotely.
Seniors and immune-compromised individuals can inquire about receiving grocery or medication deliveries by calling 914-242-7433 or emailing Karen Ganis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Details are available at fsw.org/seniors-grocery-delivery. Those looking to volunteer can visit fsw.org/volunteer-grocery-delivery.