Welcome to Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County
Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County (formerly Interfaith Caregivers Trenton) is a nonprofit organization established in 1994 to improve the quality of life and help meet the concerns and special needs of homebound elderly and people with disabilities in
Mercer County, NJ.
We are now a coalition of 28 interdenominational Mercer County-based member congregations with more than 250 dedicated volunteers who cheerfully provide free services — such astransportation to doctors’ offices, grocery shopping, friendly visiting, respite care, light housekeeping, telephone reassurance, occasional meal preparation, indoor/outdoor chores, minor home repairs and other non-medical help — that enable care receivers to remain in their homes. Our free services are offered without proselytization and without regard to race, religion, color, income or national origin.
Our overall mission is to promote the independence and dignity of homebound elderly and people with disabilities by matching them with supportive and caring volunteers who assist them with the tasks of everyday life.
As part of our services, ICGMC also offers socialization activities for seniors and a myriad of educational trainings forums on such topics as Alzheimer’s, sensitivity issues and caregiving of the elderly. To help “take care of the caregivers,” we provide workshops on stress relief, hold wellness retreats for our generous volunteer group leaders, and co-sponsored a “Taking Care When Giving Care” Conference in November 2011 with Beloved Community; the Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment; and the Mercer County Office on Aging.
Workshops we have presented recently include Enhancing Memory Strategies, Time Management, Moving and Grooving-Physical and Musical Therapies for the Elderly, Emotional Intelligence and Aging: Myths and Realities. This January, we added a new program to our offerings, entitled Project Healthy Bones. This popular wellness program seeks to improve the balance, strength and socialization of caregivers and care receivers, while emphasizing the importance of exercise, nutrition, safety, drug therapy and lifestyle factors as they relate to osteoporosis.
ICGMC gratefully acknowledges our community, corporate and foundation supporters, including the Baus Foundation, Bristol Meyers Squibb, The City of Trenton, Joe Colucci of JK Designs, Concordia Foundation, Curtis W. McGraw Foundation, the David Mathey Foundation, Diocese of Trenton – Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Dumont & Blake Investment Advisors, LLC, F.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc., Fred C. Rummel Foundation, Janssen Foundation, The Harold Wetterberg Foundation, Hercman Properties, Karma Foundation, Lawrence Township Community Foundation, Lillian Pitkin Schenck Foundation, Mercer County Office on Aging, New Jersey Manufacturers, NJ Office of Faith Based Initiatives, Princeton Area Community Foundation, Roma Bank Foundation, Rose and Louis H. Linowitz Charitable Foundation Inc., Stark and Stark, United Way of Greater Mercer County, and The Wallerstein Foundation. For more on our donors and financial activity, view our current Annual Report and Audit Report.
National Volunteer Caregiving Network (NVCN) is the national program by which all of the caregiving agencies from across the country are linked together.