Green Valley Assistance Services, Inc.

Your helping hand forward; A blend of Community Health & Social Services

aka Valley Assistance Services   |   Green Valley, AZ   |  www.valleyassistanceservices.org

Mission

Our Mission is to help older people and families live independently. For almost 50 years, Valley Assistance Services guides families and seniors to live healthy, resilient and vibrant lives. Our professional RN staff and cutting edge programs address life's challenges by embracing prevention and education, by enriching lives through 3 C's: compassion, caring and choices.

Ruling year info

1982

Executive Director

Mrs. Christine Erickson, RN

Main address

3950 S. Camino del Heroe

Green Valley, AZ 85614 USA

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EIN

94-2783969

NTEE code info

Financial Counseling, Money Management (P51)

Transportation (Free or Subsidized) (P52)

Health Support Services (E60)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There has been evidence from 70 independent studies affecting 3.4 million participants that social isolation, loneliness and living alone has significant effects on the risk for mortality; in fact social isolation has greater risks than smoking 15 cigarettes a day, obesity, physical inactivity and air pollution (Holt-Lunstad et al, 2010). We are living longer and our health concerns are increasing. One of the fastest growing segments in Pima County’s population is individuals over the age of 85. This age group grew by 52% in the last 10 years while the total population of Pima County grew by 16.2%. In Green Valley, 22.2% are currently over the age of 80 and forecasters expect a 60% surge in the 85 year old cohort in the next 15 years. We at Valley Assistance improve the quality of life for our seniors in our rural communities in all our programs by providing community health education and advocacy by RN’s as well as providing volunteer opportunities to keep seniors engaged.

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?

MAP A Plan

Emergency Housing and Utility assistance for families and seniors to prevent evictions and homelessness. Six hours of budgeting, savings and credit repair class attendance is required. Workforce training (resume writing, mock interviews and job search) provided for unemployed and underemployed wage-earners. On-line SNAP application assistance, resources and referrals are provided to help reduce household expenses and stretch income.

Population(s) Served

A volunteer transportation and friendly visiting program to increase the socialization of seniors; transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, errands and friendly visits. Volunteers are trained and background checked; seniors are served in the rural communities of Green Valley, Sahuarita, Tubac, Carmen & Tumacacori, AZ

Population(s) Served

Five RN community health programs that support health advocacy, safety and independence as follows: SHiM(R) an evidenced-based fall prevention program; A Touch that Cares (R), a comprehensive care management program; Going Home with Care, a hospital to home transitions program; Neighbors AIM, a program that supports families, caregivers and loved ones with early memory loss or dementia; creative events that help tap a memory (such as music, art or pet therapy) and an simulation tour which helps loved ones "walk in the shoes" of one with memory loss; a sixth program will begin in Spring 2019 (Community Centered Approach to Care) will be a partnership with the Green Valley Fire District's Nurse Practitioner and a Valley Assistance RN to provide patient-centered care with health education and medical advocacy.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Strong social relationships are essential for a healthy life. Valley Assistance through all its programs builds strong relationships with participants and volunteers. We are committed to identifying, advocating, and supporting the changing needs of older people and families we serve through our core programs. Valley’s five RN programs are the necessary steps for seniors to engage in their life and their health. Building RN advocacy for both seniors and families will keep them independent, safe and resilient.

Valley Assistance Services is the first local 501 c 3 non-profit to employ RN’s at its agency in 2010. We are fearless in dealing head on with topics that are areas where seniors have a strong response, stigma or denial of the problem. We brought to the community in 2011 its first comprehensive Fall Prevention Program in partnership with the Green Valley Volunteer Fire Corps. Going into the home, we found innovative ways to teach seniors what causes falls and this program continues today.

Our Neighbors AIM program hopes to create a “ray of light” for those with early state dementia, or Alzheimer’s by involving them in creative events—music and art events. Starting this spring, two musical events will be offered at our local Community Performing Arts Center for seniors and their loved ones in hopes of engaging “a memory.” We are the first organization in our area to utilize “memory cafes” with creative events.

Valley Assistance Services has proven our ability to create and execute innovative programs with professional and experienced RN’s and trained staff who serve over 4,000 individuals annually. From our initial fall program (SHiM®) which stimulated the entire state of Arizona to look at fall prevention, to its Going Home and Neighbors AIM Programs, Valley Assistance continues to evaluate and build patient-centered programs by listening to the concerns of seniors for almost 50 years and guiding them to positive life and health strategies.

Valley Assistance Services continues to innovate because we are in the community and in the homes of seniors who share their concerns and needs. Valley has been first in the area for financial education and stability programs. We are first in the area for community health programs developed and implemented by RN’s who have over 75 years of collective experience.

Here’s a brief summary of our activity and accomplishments in 2017:

RN Services (Going Home) and A Touch that Cares® 177 Home visits
807 seniors made health changes to remain at home;
950 care touches by RN’s

SHiM®, Fall Prevention 80 Households received 505 visits, follow-up assessment and balance screenings;
252 volunteer hours logged

Caring Neighbors Helping Neighbors 64 participants,
13,996 miles driven,
2,358 volunteer hrs. donated
596 trips, 1,898 stops

MAP A Plan including SNAP, Holiday Event for Seniors & Information & Resources
MAP: 133 Households/465 individuals, 362 hrs logged for budget and workforce training,
Holiday: 120 seniors served
29 SNAP and AZ Self Help applications completed

Information/Referrals:
2,372 individuals
7,116 referrals
Total 4,981 households served, or 7,472 lives have been changed. Our volunteers donated 4,780 hours (all programs combined) for a value of $119,500 and they have created a special caring spirit in our community.

Financials

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Green Valley Assistance Services, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/31/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Eloise Fredrickson

Retired College Professor

Term: 2016 - 2019


Board co-chair

Mr. Steve Larson, Treasurer

Retired, CFO

Term: 2016 - 2019

Jim Walker

Owner, KGVY Radio

Jeri Morrison

Parish Deaconess

Carolyn Szabo

Retired Information and Business Mgr.

Dr. James Zimmerman

Retired Pharmacist