TELEPHONE REASSURANCE & FRIENDLY VISITOR PROGRAMS - FREED
FREED CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING
435 Sutton Way
Grass Valley, Nevada
The FREED Telephone Reassurance program
is for anyone feeling lonely or isolated in Nevada County. A phone bank of volunteers makes phone calls Monday - Friday to check-in, chat, and socialize. Individuals who would like to receive telephone calls can choose to receive calls from one day a week up to 5 days a week.
The FREED Friendly Visitor program
matches Friendly Visitor participants to volunteers—who then get together to see movies, hang out, have conversations, play cards, go for a walk, or just talk. Volunteers can also meet by phone.
Due to factors such as a lack of transportation or community inaccessibility, many seniors and people with disabilities go through prolonged periods of social isolation and loneliness. People who have disabilities identify numerous obstacles to community inclusion. In rural areas, especially, people are at risk for experiencing isolation which is a risk factor leading to many poor health outcomes. Volunteers