These services and programs are presently available through Dummerston Cares:
Helpline (802-257-5800) is Dummerston Cares’ flagship service, having begun in 2006 under the leadership of Shirley Perkins. Helpline is a non-emergency telephone referral service for Dummerston residents, their families and/or caregivers.
Recorded messages on the Helpline phone voice mail are monitored daily. Information requests and answers to questions on how to access a broad range of services, both public and private, are responded to by volunteers with the help of resource materials that identify available local services and the numerous services offered by Senior Solutions, SEVCA (Southeastern Vermont Community Action), and a host of other regional and state agencies and organizations.
This program offers assistance to residence in need of help with minor home repairs and household chores that they cannot do themselves or afford to pay someone to do them. Dummerston Cares’ desire is to enable folks to continue to live safely and comfortably in their own home.
FRIENDLY HOME VISITORS
Dummerston Cares initiated this service in January 2017. Trained volunteers are matched with residents of any age and circumstance who can benefit from periodic social visits in their home or other residence. The volunteers for this service are highly motivated men and women who can provide caring companionship, and according to a client’s interest, may share crafts, music, games, reading or other activities with the people they visit. For information or to apply for a home visitor, please call the Helpline (257-5800). A Home Visitor coordinator will conduct a telephone interview and informational home visit with all applicants to ensure the best possible match of volunteers with clients.
EMERGENCY FUEL FUND
Residents in need may apply for emergency assistance in purchasing fuel for winter heating or for free firewood through the Congregational Church Wood Pantry. Qualified applicants may be assisted directly or referred to SEVCA or a State of Vermont agency.
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LOAN PROGRAM
Dummerston Cares has quality used medical equipment available to loan to residents recovering from injury or illness or who have another condition or situation that warrants it. When equipment is no longer needed, it is returned to Cares for use by another person. The coordinator for this program is Heidi Fischer, RN. Contact Heidi directly at (802) 257-0730) or call the Helpline for information on what is available and how to apply for it.
A free transportation service for all Dummerston residents was initiated in November, 2016 and enabled by a corps of volunteer drivers. Residents who need transportation to a medical appointment should call the Helpline (802-257-5800). Please contact us several days in advance of your appointment so that we may accommodate you. Rides are available to immediate area hospitals or providers (VT, NH, MA). We are able to drive as far away as Lebanon, NH and Boston, MA.
Dummerston Cares is now providing Welcome Baskets to newcomers to town. The baskets contain information about the community and some food samples as well as other items produced or made and donated by local businesses and creative residents.
Additional or expanded services will be facilitated by having volunteers ready to institute a specific program, as well as an individual who can provide leadership and coordination. Some programs and services may be implemented in collaboration with other organizations or agencies.