Senior Companion Program (SCP)
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“Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.” – Mourning Dove [Christine Quintasket] (1888-1936) Salish
The Senior Companion Program (SCP), sponsored by Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council in Lac du Flambeau, is a federally funded volunteer program whose mission is to connect elders with other elders needing help in the same tribal communities. Senior Companions are volunteers 55 and over who provide assistance and friendship to seniors who have difficulty with daily living tasks, such as shopping or paying bills. The program aims to keep seniors independent longer and provide respite to family caregivers. Potential SCP volunteers must be 55 or older, pass a three-part background check, and have an income at 200% or less of the federal poverty level to be eligible for a small stipend. If you meet these requirements and have a desire to help elders in your tribal community, contact Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council’s Senior Companion Program at 1-800-472-7207.