Vision Loss Resources is pleased to connect individuals with visual impairments to a selection of invaluable resources and support services.
Be My Eyes App
Description: The Be My Eyes app stands as a beacon of support for those with visual impairments. It connects users with a global community of sighted volunteers and professionals who are ready to offer immediate assistance. Whether it’s reading instructions, checking expiration dates, or navigating unfamiliar surroundings, Be My Eyes is there to lend a helping hand.
- Accessible day and night.
- Utilizes smartphone cameras for live video support.
- Provides access to specialized professional support.
- Fosters a supportive global community.
- Offers inspiring success stories from users worldwide.
Recommendation: Use the Be My Eyes app for tasks requiring quick assistance from sighted volunteers.
211 Resource Helpline by Greater Twin Cities United Way
Description: The 211 Resource Helpline serves as a lifeline, connecting individuals with critical services and resources 24/7. Available in multiple languages, it provides referrals for essentials such as rental assistance, food programs, child care, and more. Additionally, the data collected helps local lawmakers and nonprofits better understand community needs.
- Available round-the-clock in multiple languages.
- Offers referrals to essential services at no cost.
- Drives data-informed decision-making in the community.
- Provides comprehensive information on over 40,000 programs and services.
Recommendation: Contact the 211 Resource Helpline for referrals to local services and resources.
Friends & Co – Formerly Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly
Description: Friends & Co envisions a world where every older adult thrives in meaningful relationships. Their mission is to celebrate aging through community-led services that foster connections for everyone. They are committed to equity and inclusivity, ensuring that everyone feels welcome and valued.
- Coffee Talk: A drop-in phone line offering friendly one-to-one conversations for older adults. Operates Monday to Friday from 8 am to noon, providing companionship and connection over a morning beverage.
- Phone Companions: Matches older adults with caring volunteers for lasting friendships. Free for those aged 62 or older, with background-checked volunteers.
- Visiting Companions: Connects older adults feeling isolated with visiting companions based on common interests and location. All companions have undergone orientation and background checks.
Recommendation: Friends & Co provides multiple options for companionship and conversation, catering to different needs and preferences.
AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP – Greater Twin Cities
Description: AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP program recruits and matches volunteers aged 55 or older with diverse opportunities across the greater Twin Cities area. These opportunities span various areas, including supporting older adults’ independence, literacy, employment, veterans, families, housing, and hunger relief.
- Provides older adults with a sense of purpose through community service.
- Offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities.
- Includes supplemental insurance and benefits for RSVP members.
- Accommodates both ongoing and one-time volunteer opportunities.
Recommendation: AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP offers diverse volunteer opportunities for those looking to give back to their community.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota: In-Home Support Services
Description: In-Home Support Services provides support to people of all ages with varying abilities and needs. It supports people living in their own homes or in their family home, placing strong emphasis on skill building and community involvement.
- Meal planning and preparation, including nutrition education.
- Obtaining and maintaining a home.
- Budgeting, paying bills, and gaining financial skills.
- Personal appearance and hygiene.
- Independently taking medication.
- Participating in the community.
- Accessing transportation and options for greater mobility.
- Highly trained staff: All staff are trained in CPR, First Aid, the Vulnerable Adult/Maltreatment of Minor Act, and Person-Centered Thinking.
- Contact: Community Residential Services at 866.444.3743 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recommendation: Contact Lutheran Social Service of America for in-home support services, including skill-building and community involvement.
Help At Your Door
Description: Help At Your Door is a nonprofit organization in Minnesota that assists seniors and individuals with disabilities, helping them maintain their independence in their homes. They rely on volunteers, staff, and donors to fulfill their mission.
What They Do:
- Grocery Assistance: Provides help with grocery shopping and delivery.
- Home Support: Offers assistance with in-home tasks and chores to aid independent living.
- Transportation: Provides transportation services for seniors and individuals with disabilities.
- Ideal for those recovering from hospital stays, individuals with sensory or mobility impairments, and seniors or people with disabilities in need of extra support.
Recommendation: Use Help At Your Door’s services if you need grocery assistance, home support, or transportation.