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Silver Key is one of five organizations to participate in the national pilot of the Choose Home Initiative. This program's mission is to provide no-cost companionship to senior veterans in need of extra assistance so they remain living independently, in their own home and community, for as long as possible. The Silver Key V.E.T.S. program is looking for both volunteers and participants. For more detailed information about our V.E.T.S. program click here.

Listen to the National Public Radio report interview about this national pilot program!
https://www.wunc.org/post/help-keep-older-veterans-their-homes-va-pairing-them-volunteer-companions

Program Requirements for Volunteers:

  • Volunteers 55+ able to dedicate a minimum of 5 hours/week
  • Background checks, drug test, DMV test
  • Required orientation and ongoing specialized training provided
  • A small, hourly stipend is available

Program Benefits for Senior Veterans:

  • Volunteers are matched with Veterans for compatibility
  • Light companionship provided at no cost (in-home visits, assistance with medical visits, grocery shopping, errands)
  • Caregivers benefit knowing companionship is provided
  • Less social isolation and loneliness

VOLUNTEER OR REGISTER TODAY!

For more detailed information about the Choose Home/V.E.T.S. program click here or contact our Veterans Coordinator at (719) 884-2361. If you are a senior veteran in need of companionship, please email vets@silverkey.org.

V.E.T.S Volunteer Virtual Online Training Portal:

·      VA Caregiver Support 

·      Veteran’s Health Library

·      VA Caregiver Support Tips and Tools

·      Psych Armor, Senior Support Training with Emphasis on Military/Veteran

·      Corporation for National and Community Service

·      Senior Corps

·      Family Caregiver Alliance, National Center on Caregiving

·      Practical Skills Training for Family Caregivers

·      Colorado Mandatory Reporting Training

·      Colorado Adult Protective Services

·      CDC NCHS Confidentiality Training

·      VA Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Caregivers

·      Suicide Prevention Resource Center 

·      Online CPR + First Aid Training Videos

·      Free Online First Aid, CPR and AED Courses

·      Mt. Carmel Veterans Center

·      Home Front Military Network

·      PPACG Area Agency on Aging

·      The Independence Center

·      Family Care Center, Family and Veteran Services