Bethel New Life Announces Transition of In-Home Care Senior Service Program to Preferred Provider Chicago Commons

  • March 15, 2013
  • Chicago, IL
  • Transition Will Allow for Continued Support of Seniors on Chicago’s West Side

     

    Today, Bethel New Life announced their decision to close their In-Home Care Senior Service Program which opened in 1983. Bethel New Life has worked closely with Chicago Commons, Bethel’s preferred provider, to ensure quality care continues for more than 400 seniors in the community. As a leading community investment corporation working to end poverty on Chicago’s West Side, Bethel will continue its work to create jobs, launch businesses, develop the workforce, and improve education.

     

    “We are pleased to ensure our seniors will continue to be cared for through Chicago Commons,” said Dr. Lori Vallelunga, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bethel New Life. “This transition is an example of good nonprofit stewardship, it makes us less dependent on diminishing State of Illinois funding, and allows us to focus our investments where we can best impact poverty.”

     

    The In-Home Care program assists home-bound seniors with planning and preparing meals, medication reminders, cleaning and light housekeeping, shopping, errands and other activities.

     

    Through this transition, all of Bethel’s In-Home Care customers will have the option to seamlessly transition into a service relationship with Chicago Commons, which will offer the same level of care and support previously available through Bethel, or choose another provider. Similarly, all of Bethel’s In-Home Care employees will have the opportunity for employment with Chicago Commons, allowing for continuity of care givers.

     

    The decision to close this program is the result of a planned transition of the program to managed care, the State of Illinois” ongoing fiscal challenges over the past 8 years,  and projections for continuing and worsening challenges in the next 5 years. Bethel is taking a proactive approach to assure that the services are housed with an organization in a strong position to continue and expand the services on the West Side.

     

    Since 1981, Chicago Commons has provided Home Care for seniors and disabled adults, helping people to continue living  in their homes and communities.  Today,  they work with more than 900 seniors on Chicago’s South Side and have served the West Side with education and service programs for more than 100 years.

    “The spirit of partnership between Bethel New Life and Chicago Commons is long-standing.  Both organizations are best online casino dedicated to neighborhood revitalization and our cooperation will allow us to sustain a community-based approach to Home Care on the West Side.  We are proud to be Bethel’s preferred provider for In-Home Care,” said Dan Valliere, Executive Director, Chicago Commons.  “With over 30 years of Senior Care experience, Chicago Commons will sustain the same level of quality and community care that Bethel New Life has put forth.”

     

    About Bethel New Life

     

    Bethel New Life is a community investment corporation working to end poverty on Chicago”s West Side. Since 1979, Bethel has invested in people ready to invest in themselves and their communities. Bethel”s investments in education and economic development reverse decades of poverty and create new opportunities. For more info on Bethel New Life, go to:  www.BethelNewLife.org.

     

    About Chicago Commons

     

    Chicago Commons is one of the oldest, largest, and most innovative neighborhood-focused social services providers in the city of Chicago.  With an unrelenting commitment to those neighborhoods where families are at highest risk of poverty, violence, and low educational attainment, Chicago Commons has been a long-time community partner in West Humboldt Park, Pilsen, Back of the Yards, and Grand Boulevard.  Chicago Commons is focused on early child development, youth programs, adult education for under-and unemployed adults and services that enhance the quality of life for older and disabled adults, including support for their primary caretakers.  For more than 100 years, Chicago Commons’ mission has been to partner with individuals, families and communities to overcome poverty, discrimination and isolation. For more info on Chicago Commons go to: www.ChicagoCommons.org.