The mission of Guilford Interfaith
Ministries (GIM) is to promote the well being of our residents who are home bound,
elderly, or those of any age who have special needs, by providing them with
food - with the Guilford Meals on Wheels program, friendship - with the Friendly Visiting program, and medical equipment - with the Charlie's Closet program.
Guilford Interfaith Ministries, with its motto of “neighbor
helping neighbor”, started from a local doctor’s initiative in bringing
together Guilford faith communities to address the needs of feeding our frail,
elderly residents. Guilford Meals on
Wheels program began on July 15, 1985 with the delivery of 12 hot meals. 85
drivers delivered 24,850 meals in fiscal year 2015! Guilford Meals on Wheels
exists because the unique partnership with the town of Guilford.
the beginning of meal deliveries, the volunteer drivers reported that many
clients were home bound and isolated and that they were as hungry for
companionship as food. In January, 1986, the GIM Board to establish the
Friendly Visiting program. The first trained visitors began their mission in
January 1987. This past year, 59 trained, caring Friendly Visiting volunteers provided over 3000 hours of social connections to isolated or lonely Guilford residents.
Charlie’s Closet, which grew out of a request from the president
of GIM’s Board of Directors, began providing equipment for loan in December
1998. 5300 pieces of used medical equipment were provided to clients in
Guilford and surrounding shoreline communities. Over 6000 people used CC services, either
to obtain equipment, donated equipment or for referrals to other sources.
The community of Guilford has
supported GIM since its inception. The town entered into a partnership with
Meals on Wheels, providing the cook and kitchen facilities for preparing meals,
and into a partnership with Charlie’s Closet by providing storage facilities
for medical equipment. To this day, the town provides funding in its annual
budget through the Human Services Council. The most generous support of the Guilford
Community Fund is essential to GIM, as is the support of many organizations
including, Member Faith Communities, The Guilford Rotary, Guilford Savings
Bank, The Guilford Foundation and many other local groups.
The highlights of Guilford Interfaith Ministries’ (GIM's) service
to the community in fiscal year 2015 include:
* Friendly Visiting provided over 3,000 hours of social
connections to isolated or lonely Guilford residents with 59 trained, caring
* Charlie’s Closet provided 5,300 pieces of used medical
equipment to clients in Guilford and surrounding shoreline communities. If purchased new, the equipment provided would have cost $600,000! Over 6,000
people used CC services, either to obtain equipment, donated equipment or for
referrals to other sources.
GIM’s goals for the upcoming year include:
* Increasing fundraising to help cover the growing expense
of providing nutritious meals to residents in financially fragile households.
* Expanding support for Charlie’s Closet from the towns
GIM’s most pressing needs include:
** Raising $5,000 to help cover the growing expense of providing
nutritious meals to residents in financially fragile households. 74% of meals
were provided at a reduced price to our clients at a cost of $25,540 to GIM
** Raising $3,000 to help cover the growing expense of the management
and organization of the Charlie’s Closet
** Recruiting additional Meals on Wheels drivers
Guilford Meals on Wheels program provides a hot, nutritious
meal to ANY Guilford resident having significant difficulty preparing
themselves a well-balanced meal. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday at
11 AM. Weekend meals are delivered on Friday as well. These meals arrive via 85
dedicated volunteers. Sugar-free desserts
can be provided upon request. The cost per meal is based on a sliding scale:
$5.00 per meal or less. The program has no age or financial restrictions.
No state or federal funds are used — it is a community-supported program based
on our motto, “Neighbor Helping Neighbor”.
The goal of the Guilford Meals
on Wheels program is to make sure that all Guilford residents, especially our
isolated elderly and those in financially fragile households, have access to
Friendly Visiting is an outreach program that carefully
matches volunteer visitors with people wishing a friendly visit. Our primary
objective is to enhance the quality of life of our clients through weekly
“friend to friend” connections. The program is designed as a social program —
not as a respite or transportation program. Trained and caring volunteers
visit any homebound or isolated Guilford resident once a week for a year or
longer. There is no fee and scheduling of visits is flexible. Visits can be
structured, centered on a specific activity or can be as casual as having a cup
of tea or taking a walk. Many of our matches become lifetime friendships and
benefit all involved.
Charlie’s Closet is a medical equipment clearinghouse. Our
mission is to take donations of used medical equipment, clean the equipment,
check it for safety and then provide the equipment to anyone requesting it. The
durable medical equipment that we provide ranges from canes to walkers and
commodes to hospital beds and lift chairs. We sometimes have soft goods
available such as adult diapers and disposable bed pads. Our primary focus is
on the Guilford community because much of our annual funding comes from our
local faith groups, the town of Guilford, and the Guilford Community Fund, but
we provide equipment and accept donations from clients in communities up and
down the shoreline.
The goal of the Charlie’s
Closet Program is to provide a clearinghouse for gently used medical
equipment. Our facility follows the environmental
mantra and the New England way of life of “reduce, recycle and reuse”, and
results in savings of over $250,000 to our clients over the course of a year.
GIM’s biggest challenge is making sure that Guilford residents
are aware of our services, particularly our Meals on Wheels and Friendly
Visiting programs. Time and again we
hear what a difference these programs make in the lives of our homebound and
isolated clients, and we are anxious to meet the needs of any Guilford resident
who could use our support. In spite of
our publicity and outreach efforts, we still find members of our community who
do not know that they “qualify” for our programs. GIM will continue to reach out to our residents
in many different ways, i.e. print and on-line media, visual displays and informational
signs around town and talks to various community groups, to raise awareness of our
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