CONTACT Cape-Atlantic provides a FREE "check-in" phone call to the elderly and disabled who are living alone. This call allows them to remain independent in their own home, a goal so many of us share. If a phone call is not answered at the scheduled time, there are procedures each volunteer follows. These procedures have allowed CONTACT Cape-Atlantic to help many people in need.
CONTACT Cape-Atlantic was started to keep in touch with elderly and disabled living alone and to let them know someone cares about them. Now this successful program has grown to help anyone, regardless of age, have contact with another friendly person. Our volunteers help over 200 adults each day stay in their homes independently.
Reassurance Program is funded by The Older Americans Act through Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services.
Gatekeeper Program funded in part by Ocean City Home bank Charitable Fund.
Sipra Basu is our December Volunteer of the Month. She credits the inspiration of her daughter, Shalini, who is a social worker, as an impetus to join CONTACT Cape-Atlantic. Now Sipra is in our phone center every Wednesday from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, helping with our Reassurance calls.
Sipra is very caring and kind during each call. She never rushes and is a excellent listener. She has such a great laugh and enjoys speaking with our clients. She offers many uplifting conversations. She tells us, "The response from the clients is rewarding. I love it. They may talk about their children, their grandchildren, their health, sometimes even how lonely they are. It's very important that they have someone to reach out to."
She had a career as a research and development specialist. Sipra grew up in India and came here about 25 years ago and worked in the casino industry. Her hobbies include travel, which she loves.
Thanks Sipra for all you do to help with our calls. Congratulations on being our December Volunteer of the Month.
You can read more about Sipra in our December Newsletter, which can be found under the Special Events tab on this site.