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Promoting Independence

Our Vision: All people are independent and have the means to care and provide for themselves and/or their families.

The following programs provided by partner agencies are currently funded through United Way of Mid-Maine's 2015-2017 allocations under supervision of the Community Impact Team: Promoting Independence. Additional funded programs are available under Meeting Immediate Human Needs and Strengthening Children, Youth, and Families.

The Programs:

Independent Supplement Services, Catholic Charities of Maine

Independent Support Services assists individuals who otherwise could not live independently with such things as housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, grocery shopping, and transportation to medical appointments. The service is prioritized to low income isolated seniors, and adults with physical, psychiatric, or developmental disabilities.

UWMM funding enables the program to hire agency staff and reimburse sub-vendors for services. The program serves roughly 240 people annually.

Supporting Somerset Families, Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County

HVOSC provides services to individuals with life limiting illness as well as caregivers and loved ones. Families identify needs such as transportation, meal preparation, respite for the caregiver, etc. and volunteers donate their time and talents. They offer direct care and bereavement services through trained volunteers who are matched with the families.

Through partnerships with Maine General Hospice, Hospice of Eastern Maine, Redington-Fairview General Hospital, community agencies, churches, neighbors, and family members HVOSC can offer services to a wide spectrum of our population.

HVOSC served 53 people the last fiscal year in our service area and received $18,000 of funding from UWMM.

WorkReady, KVCAP

The WorkReady Credential program trains the unemployed and underemployed to find work and to develop the basic skills employers have cited as necessary for workplace success. WorkReady has been offered as an 80-hour program taught over three weeks and includes a mock interview day to provide participants with practical experience interviewing with human resources personnel from local companies.

The Workready program has nearly 90% employment rate of those graduating from the program. UWMM supports this program with $11,200 in funding which supplements 67% of the cost per person.

Independence Through Education Daycare Subsidy, Alfond Youth Center

Independence Through Education subsidizes the child care and transportation costs of poor and underemployed single parents, with preference to single mothers & military parents, to remove the barriers that deny access to the educational opportunities at Kennebec Valley Community College. The AYC is the nearest year-round, DHHS-licensed child care facility to KVCC.

Literacy Volunteers of Waterville

One in seven adults in the greater Waterville area cannot read this sentence. The Literacy Volunteers of Waterville provides free, one-to-one, confidential literacy tutoring for adults.

LVW provides weekly, confidential, one-on-one tutoring services to those adults who wish to acquire or improve their literacy skills. Students include those whose functional reading and writing skills are at or below first grade level, students with learning disabilities, and students for whom English is a second language. They also provide support services through Adult Education to students who require individual assistance with literacy skills in order to succeed in their program of study.

LVW served 30 students in 2013-2015. Presently they tutor 12 students in a one-to-one tutor/student model, 78 students through our partnership with Lawrence and Waterville Adult Ed, and 2 parent/students in our Family Literacy Model. They receive $6,000 annually from UWMM.

SEARCH, Catholic Charities of Maine

The isolated, lonely, and vulnerable seniors, aged 60 and older, who live in Kennebec County are at high risk for social isolation and tend to have a decrease in their physical and emotional health, which can lead to movement to a more restrictive--and often a more costly--environment, such as an assisted living facility or nursing home.

The SEARCH program provides a large variety of services including: telephone reassurance calls, home visits to provide companionship, transportation support for grocery shopping and errands or to take a client to medical appointments, socialization, resource and referral, and help with home and yard work projects.

SEARCH has served 61 seniors since inception in 2013 and receives $5,000 in funding from UWMM.

Vet to Vet, MaineGeneral Community Care

Maine has the 4th highest concentration of veterans in the nation. Launched in July 2015, the Vet to Vet program is a friendly visiting program for older or disabled homebound veterans using RSVP volunteers who are veterans themselves.

The goals of this project are to provide older veterans with socialization, telephone check-in calls, peer support/friendship, a continual assessment of their needs, and referrals to other programs and services if needed and to provide veteran volunteers with a link or bond to another veteran who in turn can provide them with peer support.

Case Management, National MS Society, Maine Chapter

This is a consumer-driven program meant to promote wellness and help people with MS
live safely and independently. To do this, exhaustive searches for social and/or community services that are available to our clients are done, and support to engage in these programs is provided in three tiers:
Tier I information and referral services are provided by our information and resources center (IRC) and chapter staff. People utilizing these services commonly need one-time basic information.

Tier II service management is handled by chapter staff and is for complex situations that involve over-the-phone consultation and assistance. This level of support involves research, arranging services, advocating, and additional referrals.

Tier III care management services are for individuals at the highest level of risk of homelessness, losing monthly income or health insurance, or are not able to follow through with recommendations due to cognitive dysfunction from MS.

UWMM provides $1,500 of funding annually which accounts for nearly 10% of the cost per client.