The Department of Human Services in collaboration with the faith-based community will introduce a new non-profit organization, Dorca’s Care Virgin Islands Inc., that will offer respite services to family caregivers. Applications for volunteers and participants will be accepted from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 14, at the Project STRIVE Senior Center on St. Thomas and on Saturday, May 21, at the Richmond Senior Center on St. Croix. The Human Services Family Caregiver Support Program, which provides support and resources to persons caring for the elderly, hosted its annual Faith Based Summit in 2008 on St. Croix. Per the advice of the federal family caregiver program, an invitation was extended to approximately 40 representatives from the faith-based community in attendance to assist in offering additional respite services to family caregivers. A task force was formed and Dorca’s Care Virgin Islands, Inc. was later developed as a non-profit organization.
The organization will provide adult day care services on the weekends and holidays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Human Services Project STRIVE Senior Center and the Richmond Senior Center. Volunteers from faith-based organizations will administer recreational services for participants that mirror some of what is offered regularly at the senior centers through the Human Services Socio-Recreational program. For a nominal fee of $5 per day, caregivers will be able to leave their family member at the center for the day in the care of volunteers trained in First Aid, CPR and general care giving for the elderly. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will also be provided by the organization.
Registration on St. Thomas is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at the Project STRIVE Senior Center, Knud Hansen Complex, and at Richmond Senior Center in Christiansted, St. Croix.