RIO VISTA — For homebound Rio Vista seniors in need of help and companionship, three times really is the charm.
Faith in Action, a nonprofit, interfaith organization designed to give a variety of support services to homebound seniors, tried two other times to establish an arm in Rio Vista but wasn’t successful, said Robert Fuentes, of Faith in Action for Solano County.
The third time it’s a go. Fuentes attributes the success this time to strong collaboration with Rio Vista residents.
“That’s what makes it successful,” he said. “There needs to be a strong local interaction in order for us to provide services.”
The first volunteer training class was Saturday with five volunteers trained and ready to help Rio Vista seniors.
“It’s a neighbor-helping-neighbor philosophy,” said Rio Vista Councilwoman Janith Norman, who helped spearhead the arrival of Faith in Action to Rio Vista.
An advisory board made up of local Rio Vista residents was formed. They’ll continue to work in conjunction with the Faith in Action board, advising them of Rio Vista’s needs, Norman said.
The volunteers will help care recipients in a variety of ways be it regular phone calls, companionship or helping with errands such as driving to a medical appointment.
“I feel like I’ve had a really good life and there are people out there who don’t have someone,” said Earla Warner. “It’s sad when someone doesn’t have anyone to talk to.”
Warner wanted to give back and that’s why she attended the first volunteer training.
Kathleen Moeller is on the advisory and also took the training class. She said she knows what it’s like to be alone.
“I was adopted — pulled out of an orphanage and someone took care of me,” she said. “I know what it’s like to not have anyone and have someone reach out.”
By finally reaching into Rio Vista, Solano County’s Faith in Action now has a presence in all seven county cities, Fuentes said.
“We’re delighted to be of service,” Fuentes said. “It’s been a longtime goal and I’m glad we finally met that goal.”
For more information on Faith in Action in Solano County, go to http://www.faithinactionsolano.org or call 425-6164.
Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.