Friendly Visitors and Ring-a-Day: A Catholic Charities Program

234 S Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66603 (m)
Phone: (785) 233-6300
Fax: (785) 233-7234
Ring-A-Day: (785) 232-1137

Mary Bannwarth, Program Coordinator
Judy Stutenroth, Social Worker

Mission Statement: To create a caring network of community volunteers to help support older adults with limited access to community activities

Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday, Friendly Visitor services weekdays, evenings, and weekends

Services:  

  • Ring-A-Day: daily telephone calls to provide reassurance, safety check and medication reminder.  Calls are made daily, between 7:00 am and 9:00 am.  If the volunteer is unable to reach the participant, Ring-A-Day staff will contact a family member or neighbor to check on the participant
  • Telephone visits: social calls made during the day or evening hours to prevent isolation among the homebound elderly
  • Home Visits: volunteers provide companionship and socialization during weekly visits in the participant’s home, or during an outing to the park, a restaurant, or other mutually agreeable location
  • Transportation: volunteers use their own vehicle to transport participants to doctor’s appointments, grocery stores, and other locations.  Drivers are unable to transport those who are in a wheelchair

Eligibility: Older adults (60 years and older) who may be living by themselves, or just wish to have a friend who will visit or call them on a regular basis.  Since the program service is provided by volunteers, The Friendly Visitor program is not able to provide service to those clients with severe and persistent mental illness, or severe physical disabilities.  In general, the program provides services to all individuals who meet eligibility criteria without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, economic status, or sex

How to Apply: Call (785) 233-6300 and ask for Friendly Visitors

Fees: Services are provided free to the participant.  Donations are welcome and encouraged

Funding: Shawnee County Service Program for the Elderly, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, and donations