ElderCARE’s mission is to help adults ages 65+ remain as healthy and independent as possible. ElderCARE provides FREE services to older adults in Northern Lake County, Illinois. Door to door medical transportation, shopping trips and friendly home Visits are available to all who apply.
History of ElderCARE
After an extensive review of community needs, the award winning, volunteer driven ElderCARE organization, began at Victory Memorial Hospital as Victory Community ElderCARE in 1998. When Victory Memorial Hospital became Vista Health East in 2000, it was renamed Vista ElderCARE Volunteers. In December 2004, Vista Health/Victory Memorial Hospital transitioned the core services to Christ Church and was known as ElderCARE@ChristChurch until 2015. Now we are ElderCARE Lake County.
Basic services of friendly visits, grocery shopping and escorted transportation to medical appointments continued uninterrupted to elders by volunteers throughout the transition.
The quality and value of ElderCARE’s services has been corroborated by several awards over the years. ElderCARE was one of just five 2001 American Hospital Association Nova Award winners in the nation, received two ‘Daily Point of Light’ Awards and was the 2002 United Way of Lake County Organization Volunteer Program of the Year. In 2003 and in each of the years between 2006 and 2014, an ElderCARE volunteer was named ‘Outstanding Senior Citizen’ by the Lake County Council for Seniors. In 2008 the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity recognized our volunteers’ efforts with a Governor’s Home Town Award. ElderCARE, with the support from the Executive Service Corps of Chicago, has completed a strategic planning process to guide its growth through 2017.
Board Of Directors
Mr. Earl Ball, Chairman
Mr. Dwayne Bell, Treasurer
Mr. Richard Krubeck, Secretary
Ms. LaVera Davis
Ms. Nancy Davis
The Staff At ElderCARE
The Rev. Jacqueline Lynn – Executive Director:
Jackie came to ElderCARE in February of 2015 from St. James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago where she served as Ministries Associate. Prior to this, she was the Executive Director of the National Episcopal Peace Fellowship from 2001-2012. Jackie brings years of organizational experience, facilitation and fundraising skills.
Ms. Jill Grubbs – Program Director:
Jill has been with ElderCARE in various capacities since its inception. Jill is responsible for all volunteer activities: recruitment, training and then matching them with elders who need that little bit of extra help. She also takes care of all the administrative details that keep ElderCARE running.
Ms. Lee Ramirez – Outreach Coordinator:
Licelot (Lee) Ramirez was born in the Dominican Republic and moved with her parents to NYC in 1974. She has four siblings. She and her husband the Rev. Jose Arroyo have ave two beautiful girls, Tiffany and Karlis and two wonderful grandchildren Samantha and Ryel . Lee is a trained masseuse and worked in that profession for 17 years. Most recently Lee worked for the Lake County Health Department for FRONT LINE. Lee loves her work with ElderCARE because it allows her to put her faith into action.
ElderCARE Lake County
Waukegan, IL 60085