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Boca Respite Volunteers

Boca Respite Volunteers
3998 FAU Blvd., Suite 307
Boca Raton 33431
Provides support and volunteers to the homebound and family caregivers.

Provides support and assistance to homebound individuals and family caregivers living in Boca Raton. Funding from the City will be used for the recruitment, training, and support of our volunteer services to the homebound residents and to training volunteers in providing respite to the family caregiver and their loved one. It will also go towards education of the volunteer and the family about the important issues in caregiving.

Boca Respite Volunteers (Interfaith in Action), Connie Siskowski, President, 3998 FAU Boulevard, Suite 307, Boca Raton 33431, (561) 391-7401

Boca Respite Volunteers, (BRV), is a service program that provides information, education, assistance and support to homebound individuals and to family caregivers. It represents a network of community agencies, religious organizations, and volunteers working together. All religious and spiritual traditions and practices are welcomed and respected.

Our goal and our mission is to enhance the quality of life of those we serve while helping them to maintain dignity and independence.

Volunteers provide crucial support services to people of any age and their families. They may be people who are recently home from the hospital and need help, or those who have chronic health conditions, or who are experiencing the effects of aging and fragility. Often those we serve are without friends or family nearby. It may be difficult for them to discover or access available services. They may have limited financial resources and be unable to pay for the support services they need. Without our agency and its volunteers, these individuals would have nowhere to turn for help.

BRV also serves and supports the family caregiver→those spouses, children, loving friends and others who, with dedication and commitment, provide support, assistance and care to loved ones who are ill or disabled.

Upon receiving a request for help, the staff of BRV schedules an initial home visit and assessment. At this time BRV links families to other valuable resources to maximize needed support.

Our help is freely offered to all regardless of age, race, sex, medical diagnosis, religious or ethnic background, living situation, or income.

Our History

Boca Raton Interfaith in Action, Inc. was founded by Connie Ford Siskowski after reading about Faith in Action programs. A nurse, Connie had personally witnessed the struggles of people in the community. The first organization meeting was held at First United Methodist Church in August, 1997. Community members, agencies, and the Greater Boca Raton Religious Leaders joined together to develop a volunteer caregiving program under the umbrella of the Community Interfaith Coalition.

It was a labor of love and commitment. In 1998 BRIA received a $25,000 grant from the Faith in Action initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The City of Boca Raton also provided funding. This allowed BRIA to begin to hire staff and serve more individuals and families. In 2000, the Quantum Foundation awarded BRIA a grant to develop the "Comprehensive Family Caregiver Support Program". From Connie's original idea in 1997, Boca Respite Volunteers has become a growing and vital community organization.

Upon completing its fifth year of service, the name Boca Raton Interfaith in Action was changed to Boca Respite Volunteers in response to the word "Interfaith" being difficult for some, and the inability of people to rapidly understand what we do. A new name is only that; our spirit of caring remains constant. In 2005, the corporate name officially changed to Volunteers for the Homebound and Family Caregivers, Inc. thus permanently removing "Interfaith" from the official state documents.

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