About Us

OUR HISTORY

Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers is a coalition of  more than 23 congregations, home schooled youth, and 55 public/private social service agencies working together to fill in the gap of care for senior citizens.

As part of the national interfaith ministry called National Volunteer Caregiver Network, the organization provides volunteers who help our senior neighbors maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life in the residence of their choosing.

In June of 1998, a group of senior service providers were discussing the resources in Medina County. It was brought to everyone’s attention that the essential service missing in our county is a program that could provide caregiving services to the senior population who are homebound and in need of special services such as errands, light housekeeping, shopping and friendly visits.

This group brought a proposal to the Medina County Senior Service Network to initiate such a program. A committee was formed to research the problem and seek a solution. The first step was to join the National Federation of Interfaith Caregivers, formerly called Faith in Action; now called National Volunteer Caregiver Network.

Over the last 11 years our main focus has been transportation to medical appointments. Our Expanded Transportation Options Program is highly successful.

In the next steps a coalition of churches were brought together with existing outreach ministries, enhancing their volunteer efforts in helping the senior population in our county.  A grant was applied for to the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, the grant of $10,000 was received and Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers was formed.

Our History 2 - Faith In Action

After about 10 years of funding our Expanded Transportation Options Program, which takes the Elderly and Disabled to out of county medical appointments. We currently provide over 5,000 rides a year in Medina County for FREE.

The program abruptly lost United Way funding. This was a huge financial blow to our small agency. We did a lot of searching for funding and with the help of the American Red Cross, we are in a good financial situation.

The American Red Cross Medina, Summit, and Portage Chapters was a strong ally in the medical appointment transportation department, and with their merger of the three counties, graciously gave us two huge long standing Medina County fundraisers; the Twin Sizzler and the Chocolate Festival.

Faith in Action volunteers are trained to help our frail elderly residents with transportation, chores, respite care, laundry, light housekeeping, bookkeeping and friendly visiting all FREE of charge.

Our History 3 - Faith In Action

FUNDING

Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers is supported through the generosity of individual and business donors, congregations, special event fund raising projects, and local foundations. Individual and business donors are the largest group of donors.

You can become a donor by sending a tax deductible contribution to:

Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers
120 W. Washington St.
Medina, Ohio 44256

Memorial and honorarium donations are accepted. These donations are placed in the Faith in Action Caregivers Endowment Fund to ensure the continuation of services to those in need of assistance to remain independent.

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GRANTS

Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers applies for grants to supplement funding or for special projects.

Grants Received in 2015:

100+ Women Who Care - $9,016.02
Medina Women’s Endowment Fund - $3,000
Medina Community Fund - $9,000

CONGREGATIONS

In describing Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers, words that might be used are "One common mission -- many diverse faith traditions." The strength of Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers is based upon the involvement of all the congregations in our community. Volunteers serve because of the call of the teachings of these faith communities.

Congregations provide financial and or volunteer support to ensure that the mission of Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers to help fulfill the mission of each congregation to care for those in need. By working together these congregations make a difference in the lives of our elderly and disabled neighbors.

Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers volunteers represent the following congregations:

  • St. Martin of Tours
  • Sacred Heart
  • St. Francis Xavier
  • Holy Martyrs
  • Medina United Methodist
  • Our Lady Help of Christians
  • Cannan Free Will Baptist Church
  • Connection Church
  • First Baptist of Medina
  • Grace Lutheran Church
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran
  • Living Word Lutheran
  • Our Savior Lutheran
  • St. Emilian Byzantine Catholic

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

David Centner – PRESIDENT

Captain,
Medina County Sheriff's Department

Beth Merrell - SECRETARY

Exact Care,
Account Rep

Michelle Masica – TREASURER

Commercial Real Estate Agent, Independent

Ben Cavey

Regional Operations Manager,
The Davey Tree Expert Company

Laura Parnell

Devon Diello


STAFF

Deborah Poland

Executive Director

Kathy Herte

Program Administrator

Donna Theis

Public Relations and Marketing

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