VERDE VALLEY CAREGIVERS COALITION

No Senior Left Isolated

aka Silver Linings Thrift Shop   |   Sedona, AZ   |  http://www.vvcaregivers.org/

Mission

To provide volunteers, programs and services to support adults and adults with disabilities in need of assistance to maintain their independence and quality of life at home.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Kent Ellsworth

Main address

299 Van Deren Ste 2

Sedona, AZ 86336 USA

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EIN

86-0725787

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

Thrift Shops (P29)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition (VVCC) was established to address the void of accessible and free transportation options for high-needs older adults to access healthcare in the rural communities of Sedona, Village of Oak Creek, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Cornville, Jerome and Camp Verde, in Northern Arizona. Of the 2000 annual members, the average age is 84, most maintain an income of $1,500 or less per month, and pre-existing conditions limit their mobility. VVCC coordinates trained volunteers to provide free transportation for non-emergency medical needs. VVCC also enlists ADA vans to provide accessible transport for mobility challenged members. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, VVCC has included safety protocols for transit and increased well-being calls.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Guardian Angel Program

Provides Guardian Angel Medical Alert Units to older adults at-risk for falling down. The units are provided at no charge to eligible clients.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with physical disabilities

VVCC provides transportation for adults who can no longer drive due to age limitations or medical issues, either permanent or temporary. Transportation is provided by volunteers and through contractual partnerships with Cottonwood Transit and Servant's Heart.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with physical disabilities

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of the Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition is to provide accessible transportation and programs, through volunteer services, to support adults in need of assistance to maintain their independence and quality of life at home. Programs include coordinating free volunteer-led transit for high-needs elderly to access healthcare appointments and shopping assistance to secure food and home goods. The COVID-19 pandemic and stay-safe-at-home environment has shifted programs to also include safety protocols while in transit, food and goods home delivery, phone calls to neighbors to check-in on well-being, and more recently help with connecting to services through smart phones, tablets, and computers.

To help area older adults age in place and maintain independence for as long as possible, Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition (VVCC) organizes strategies for service with the help of volunteers at the governing and service level. Programs and operations are planned at the Board of Governors level and executed through a small staff of call center coordinators, social workers, volunteer coordinators, and operations management employees. Hundreds of volunteers are engaged, trained, coordinated and supported to provide transportation. Programs are evaluated for effectiveness and modification through pre and post experience surveys. This also helps to identify trends and anticipate needs for the future.

Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition (VVCC) actively recruits, trains, and coordinates volunteers to provide transportation to elderly locally in the Verde Valley area. Volunteers average 300 per year. Transportation is coordinated through the Assisted Rides software and coordinated through the VVCC Call Center. VVCC coordinates approximately 1000 requests per week, and has grown to provide over 32,000 trips per year. VVCC employs social workers to assess elderly neighbor well-being and social service needs. VVCC contracts with trained ADA drivers to provide accessible transport when needed. Two accessible vans provide service locally and to Phoenix, Prescott, and Flagstaff. VVCC collaborates with area social service, senior service, and healthcare organizations to provide wholistic services and care for local elderly. To maintain free service for area elderly VVCC fundraises through requests for contributions, events, and grants.

Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition (VVCC) has become a valued resource for area older adults to turn to when in need of transportation help. VVCC coordinates approximately 1000 requests per week, and has grown to provide over 32,000 trips per year. In addition two accessibility vans are providing free transportation for mobility challenged neighbors to access routine and special healthcare.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, VVCC has included safety protocols for transit and increased well-being calls. VVCC is also providing information and transport to vaccination sites.
Through calls from VVCC social workers, isolated elderly are noting increased loneliness, anxiety, and depression. As prolonged isolation for older adults exacerbates health conditions, increased calls and virtual communication is necessary to stay healthy.
During COVID-19, technology and the internet have made staying in-touch possible, however, VVCC has discovered a growing digital divide with older adults that have and use technology. A 2020 survey of 329 VVCC members noted that while 70% have a smartphone or tablet, nearly 50% of those do not use it, and 30% only have a flip-phone or landline. As health issues that accompany isolation are taking a toll, VVCC is investigating technology solutions to improve the lives of members.
VVCC would like to increase connectivity through technology coaching including internet, smartphone and tablet applications, and computer training. Goals include increasing proficiency with devices to enable Telehealth appointments. As needed, VVCC will help members to sign-up for and receive transport to get COVID vaccines. With regular transport, proficiency with the Assisted Rides app. will ensure trip coordination. Increasing resources for technology coaching will enable our neighbors to interact with their world and reduce the detrimental effects of isolation.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Financials

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Operations

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VERDE VALLEY CAREGIVERS COALITION

Board of directors
as of 2/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

President John Steinbrunner

FSA

Term: 2020 - 2022


Board co-chair

Vice President Mary Jane Thompson

Retired RN

Term: 2020 - 2022

Jeannette Sasmor

Treasurer

Barbara Breitbart

Secretary

Harvey Bershader

Lori Green

MSN

Bruce Peek

MD

Matias Sandoval

AAMS

Joseph Montedonico

JD

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/19/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability