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Jody Kanikula

May 1, 2013

Metropolitan Family Services, In-Home Senior Respite

PRESS CONTACT: Jody Kanikula, LCSW/program coordinator, Metropolitan Family Services, In-Home Senior Respite.

PHONE: 630.784.4875

EMAIL: kanikuj@metrofamily.org

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rewarding Volunteer Opportunity Awaits!

Make a new friend and make a huge difference in the lives of seniors in DuPage County. Metropolitan Family Services is home to DuPage County's only no cost to participants In-Home Senior Respite program and they need your help. This incredibly vital program is fueled by amazing volunteers and funded in part by private donations and generous grants from United Way, City of Naperville, Community Services Block Grant and the Elmhurst Rotary.

This free program helps keep more seniors in their homes while affording breaks to their full time caregivers. Often, family caregivers cannot leave their loved ones home alone, even for brief periods; In-Home Senior Respite volunteers give these caregivers the gift of time. The senior population is growing and more volunteers are needed to reach as many families as possible. Volunteers provide weekly visits that are social only, no medical or personal care is required.

"The benefits of this program are so tangible for all involved. A single volunteer respite visit can include stories from war veterans to women who have braved incredible changes in history. Volunteers and client families grow bonds over card games and stories; it's about being a good friend. What my volunteers walk away with is so much more than just helping a fellow resident, it is a true experience," said Jody Kanikula, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and program coordinator, Metropolitan Family Services, In-Home Senior Respite.

For more information on this volunteer opportunity, please contact Jody Kanikula directly at (630) 784-4875.

Metropolitan Family Services DuPage

Metropolitan Family Services DuPage Center has provided support to vulnerable families who have had nowhere to turn, helping them restore balance in their lives since 1930 with services including counseling, youth mentoring and senior respite care. Metropolitan DuPage is part of Metropolitan Family Services, which has been empowering Chicago-area families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities since 1857. www.metrofamily.org

For more information on this volunteer opportunity, please contact Jody Kanikula directly at (630) 784-4875.

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