F@H (Folks at Home) began as a grassroots project sponsored by Otey Memorial Parish. In 2010 the organization began its first full year of operation. Folks at Home is a local nonprofi t organization developed for and dedicated to assisting its members in continuing a dignifi ed and comfortable lifestyle in the community through coordination of services they need during elder years. Anyone of any age is invited to participate.
Services offered by F@H include providing information and referrals for those with serious illnesses and life transitions, to in-home visits and help with chores and transportation. The organization also offers pro bono services (scholarships) for those members with long or short-term needs. In 2012 more than 85 individuals benefited from more than 1,527 services.
Volunteers were responsible for the success of many of these services. In 2012 more than 30 community volunteers provided more than 422 hours of service. Forty-four students provided more than 277 service hours through in-home visits, task assistance and telephone contact. In addition, there were more than 80 vetted vendors available for hire to provide many other services.
F@H provides services at no cost to the recipients. These services include access to the equipment exchange and pro bono services. F@H provides services to members who pay an annual membership fee. In 2012, 34 individuals benefited from the equipment exchange, and 25 individuals received pro bono services. Funds from the Community Chest support the work that F@H does.
For more information, contact director Kathleen O’Donohue, phone 598-0303, or drop by for a visit in the “Blue House” at 400 University Ave.
The Community Chest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and donations are tax-deductible. Send donations to Sewanee Community Chest, P.O. Box 99, Sewanee, TN 37375.