Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut

Contact Information

One Long Wharf Drive
Suite 1L
New Haven, CT 06511 - 5991
(203) 752-3059 2907
RSVP 2014 Competition

Executive Summary

The Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut (AASCC) works to provide a continuum of opportunities, care, and support services that allow older adults and individuals with disabilities to remain in their homes and communities, avoid unwanted and unnecessary institutionalization, and to age in place with dignity, respect, and maximum independence. AASCC serves a 20-town region in greater New Haven and the Lower Naugatuck Valley. AASCC's Volunteer and Training Department recruits, places, and supports the work of older adult volunteers and workers in five programs, including RSVP.

RSVP of South Central Connecticut (RSVP) anticipates 224 volunteers at 66 work stations will serve an anticipated 1,362 consumers via the incumbent RSVP program over the course of three years. Fifty-six (56) volunteers will provide literacy support to 180 students in New Haven schools leading to increased scores on standardized tests in 85% of students. Fifty-five (55) volunteers will provide emotional support and companionship to 147 older adults and individuals with disabilities, including veterans; and 48 volunteers will focus exclusively on serving 195 veterans and their families. Five volunteers will work on capacity building projects, such as leading afghan making projects for children in the foster care system, benefitting 450 consumers. Sixty (60) volunteers will work with over 290 older adults and individuals with disabilities providing them with a continuum of support depending on the identified needs. Many of the consumers will regain financial stability through better access to benefits and decreased bounced checks.

As the work plans indicate, services will be delivered at schools, hospitals, housing complexes, senior centers, and both congregate and individual homes. In addition, work stations will include complexes that exclusively serve veterans, such as the VA Connecticut Healthcare System-West Haven Campus and the Errera Community Care Center.

The primary focus of the program will be Education, which includes tutoring school-aged children (K-12 Success) and teaching older adults, including veterans, about their benefits and money management (Aging in Place). Other focus areas include Access to Care, At-Risk Ecosystems, Capacity Building & Leverage, and Veterans and Families served.

At the end of the three-year grant cycle, 224 volunteers will have provided 60,000 hours of service, The CNCS federal investment of $72,382 will be supplemented with $39,585, of which $4,250 is excess funds.

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