WHEELING, W.Va. — The Beverly Foundation announced the completion of its 2010 STAR Search / STAR Awards Selection process. Faith in Action Caregivers of Wheeling was selected to receive a Special Recognition Award in the Business Practices in Transportation Services for Seniors division which includes a $7,500 cash award. In making the announcement, Ruth Covell, a Foundation trustee and STAR Award reviewer said, “We received almost 400 applications which were reviewed by professionals from across the country, and while it was exceptionally difficult to select so few from so many, we believe this year’s STAR Award winners are truly the best of the best.”
Upon notification of the award, The Rev. John Brandenburg, board president, said, “This is a tribute to the staff and volunteers who are the heart and soul of Faith in Action Caregivers.”
Applicants were rated on planning, organizing, staffing, directing, co-ordinating, reporting and budgeting for transportation services to older adults. In the application, Jeanette Wojcik, Faith in Action Caregivers executive director, discussed the organization’s five-year strategic plan which included outreach to congregations to create awareness of the services provided to older adult and disabled neighbors. Wojcik noted that services are provided by volunteer caregivers to more than 1,300 care receivers. In describing the organization’s success at meeting the needs of the elderly and disabled Wojcik credited the dedicated staff who coordinate the matching of volunteers with those in need and the high retention rate (82%) of volunteer caregivers.
Faith in Action Caregivers was organized in 1995 and has served more than 2,800 individuals. Over 85,000 hours of free services have been provided to residents of Ohio, Marshall and Belmont Counties during that time. Wojcik pointed out that there is never a charge for services regardless of the income level of the person requesting help. In addition, she said that Faith in Action Caregivers does not receive government funding at any level to support its work. “We are supported through the generosity of individual and business donors, congregations, fund raising projects and local foundations.”
Typical services provided by Faith in Action Caregivers include escorted transportation to medical appointments, shopping, errands, chores, friendly visiting, telephone reassurance calls and respite for family caregivers.