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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Human Services, Nutrition, Senior Centers, Seniors, Transportation Assistance

Mission: LIFE ElderCare’s mission is to empower seniors to live with independence AND interdependence by nourishing mind, body and spirit.

Results: Each year, LIFE provides approximately 105,000 meals, 5,700 trips, 4,260 visiting hours, 80 minor home modifications, and prevents countless injurious falls in the elderly.

Target demographics: isolated, frail elders without sufficient support at home; by providing fresh, healthy meals, well checks, friendly visitors, in-home fall prevention, and door-through-door transportation.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,120 elders

Geographic areas served: Alameda County

Programs: Meals on Wheels - volunteer drivers deliver daily hot, nutritious meals to over 350 frail homebound seniors, Monday – Friday bringing frozen for the weekend. FREE Friendly Visitors - pairs isolated seniors with volunteers that provide companionship in their preferred language through weekly visits, phone calls, and outings. Includes a culturally sensitive subprogram for LGBT elders. FREE VIP Rides - links older adults and persons with disabilities who have no one else to help, with volunteers to accompany & assist them when traveling with to medical appointments, grocery shopping and errands. Includes destination assistance for those who are blind, cognitively impaired, frail etc. FREE Falls Prevention - provides supportive and collaborative in-home exercise, home safety assessment, minor home modification, and medication review. FREE

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started with Life Eldercare about 13 years ago as a Friendly Visitor and am now on my 6th senior, losing them is heart breaking but we must think of them as a great gift for only a short time. I was asked to join the Board and was deeply honored. I is our job to make sure Life Eldercare survives into the future. It is our goal to keep seniors in their own homes for as long as possible.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Seeing the happiness we bring to the seniors we serve is such a satisfying feeling. I am 73 and I volunteer for Friendly Visitors and VIP Rides. We help seniors stay in their own homes as long as possible which is where they are happiest, I know I am.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a 72 year old woman who has driven Meals on Wheels on Friday mornings for 12 years, driven VIP rides clients to appointments and served on the organization's Board of Directors. Frequently, I am the only visitor my MOW clients get for the day. Although our visits are short, I know that the daily driver visits give both the client and their family the security of knowing someone will be making a visit each morning to check on their well-being as well as providing a healthy meal. I believe the benefits to the volunteer are equally as beneficial. We are given the opportunity to personally interact with clients who are not as healthy as we are. This kind of service brings a satisfaction to the volunteer's life that can only be appreciated by those who have experienced the joys of hands-on service and personal interaction. There is a light in the eyes of our volunteers and a joy of living I do not meet in most of my other pursuits! Even more interaction and friendship occurs with our Friendly Visitor or VIP Rides programs.