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About Our Senior Services

Our Vision

The aging neighbors of our community live longer, happier, and more meaningful lives.

Program History

The organization began in the Fall of 2002 after an informational meeting with a community coach through the MN Council on Aging who was representing the Living at Home/Block Nurse Program model. A steering committee was formed with numerous community members serving on the Board of Directors. We provided our first service in 2003 after hiring a Program Director to provide leadership to the community under the direction of the Board of Directors. The program began with a community service grant of $19,640 from the State of Minnesota along with a $1,500 cash donation. Our local community food shelf donated the first office space to the program. The Foley Area CARE program currently resides in the City of Foley at 321 6th Ave.

Goal and Mission Statement

“We support area neighbors 60 and over to continue living independently in the home of their choice through community volunteerism throughout Benton County”

Our program is part of a Living at Home Block Nurse program. We work in collaboration with existing agencies that provide services to elders. Our focus is to connect with agencies and fill in any organizational gaps to prevent premature nursing home placement.

Our Growth

What we do

No one disputes that given a choice, our elders usually prefer staying in their own home as long as possible. More often than not, quality of life is the reason for remaining there, with the benefit of a multi-generational community enjoying the wisdom, experience, and roots of its elders.

With that in mind, the Foley Area CARE (Community Action Respecting Elders) Program, a Living At Home/Block Nurse Program (SM), has been established.

The Foley Area CARE Program geographically serves people 60 years of age and older that reside in Benton County.

Foley Area CARE Benton County

Check our “How You Can Help” page to find out how YOU can be a volunteer with us or how YOU can help us with your financial assistance. Your help will be greatly appreciated!

Governance

Our current community member Board of Directors governs the Foley Area CARE Program. The Board of Directors currently oversees the Program Director’s activities as well as our Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Fundraising Committee, Communications Committee, Fun Days Committee, and Nominating Committee.

Current Board Members

  • Joyce Rife, Board Chair
  • Brian Lorenz, Vice Chair
  • Joyce Simones, Secretary
  • Karen Kampa, Treasurer
  • Dennis Clark, Board Member
  • Gini Kalton, Board Member
  • Dr. Richard Cash, Board Member
  • Evelyn Kirby, Board Member
  • Philip Miller, Board Member
  • Rosalie Musachio, Board Member

Staff

CARE Volunteer

More people need to get involved. If you can’t be a driver, get involved with other fundraisers or activities. It takes all kinds of people.

CARE Volunteer

It’s heartwarming to give back to the people who gave so much. We ought to give back for all that people have done. Volunteering is one way to do it without costing an arm and a leg.

Paige LaDueHenry

I’m thinking all you folks at FAC need to give yourselves a great big… ATTA-People!!! atta-girls, atta-boys… You’re all doing so much good in the world. Bright Blessings!

Sharon Kipka

Thank you for your wonderful work at the Pork Chop Dinner. It was a marvelous way to bring our community together to support the continued dignity of the elderly. Good food, good company, and good cause. Thank you for making a positive difference.

Dewey Place

I feel a lot different. I have more energy and I’m not so sore or stiff. It even did my head good, I think!

CARE Client

I’m more social and active because if volunteers didn’t care about me I wouldn’t get anywhere.

Jen Lamont, Outreach Specialist, Tri-CAP

My experience partnering with Foley Area CARE has been a positive one. Foley Area CARE was easy to work with and helpful while working together to reach the energy assistance needs of mutual clients. I look forward to continuing the partnership in reaching those who could use our assistance.

Violet Moeller

Thank you to everyone who helps to keep CARE going for us seniors.

Dewey Place Fitness

I joined the exercise group because I was feeling sluggish and wasn’t getting anywhere. It has enlightened my life drastically. There are wonderful ladies, some I knew, some I befriended. We even take our instructor out to eat with us!

Dennis Clark

I just want to thank Foley Area CARE and Catholic Charities for offering the living with chronic pain seminar. It really helped me in two days. First it gave me understanding on how to live with chronic pain, and secondly, it showed me that I am really lucky compared to others in the seminar. Thank you for working together to help our community.

CARE Volunteer

Dewey Place Fitness is fun! What better way to spend a half hour!

Carol Pou

Thank you so much for getting a driver for me. I would have been lost without your aid.

CARE Client

We wouldn’t have a CARE program if we didn’t have volunteers. We need funding, but we also need volunteers. There’s a whole bunch of caring people out there.

CARE Volunteer

A benefit of volunteering is the satisfaction that you’ve helped someone. It makes me feel good that I’m able to do that.

Dewey Place Fitness

I can’t do exercise any other place or at home, so I like it in the community room. It’s more fun in a group.

Arlene DeZeller

Why do I volunteer? It seems like such as easy question until you have to put it into words. Sometimes there are no words to describe the sense of fulfillment you get when you realize you have just helped someone or just given them the feeling they matter. It’s a great feeling to help put a smile on someone’s face, that maybe hasn’t had anything to smile about for a while. Also I’m not getting any younger; I hope there will be someone there to do the same for me. Volunteering is a great way to energize your spirit!

Evelyn Scheper

Until you know you can’t do things for yourself you don’t appreciate all the thing you girls do. All you are super people.

CARE Client

I appreciate rides to appointments. If my kids can’t take me to the doctor or to St. Cloud, volunteer drivers are always available.

Carol Brunn

When I started volunteering for seniors my goals was to help seniors stay in their homes as long as they wanted to & were able to do so. I thought if we could help them with a few services they no longer could perform they could stay at home & be healthier & happier! I soon found out I was getting more than I was giving. When I visit & talk with seniors they are always thankful for the services I do for them & are appreciative of me just listening & talking to them. They teach me compassion, acceptance & love for others. Seeing Christ’s love in their eyes makes my life much fuller. I go away with a lighter heart & a love for them I can’t describe!

Butch & Carol Bukowski

Dear Members of Foley Area CARE Program,

We were so impressed with everything you do for the seniors of the area. Also with all the volunteers. We enjoyed the luncheon for much delicious.