We believe that it requires a village to support an elder and offer services to support the entire lifespan and strengthen the village. Our programs are divided into the following manner:
Our eldercare program offers professional assessments for the elderly and utilizes the gifts and talents of volunteers from across Michigan to fulfill each identified need. Our services range from case management to volunteer services such as friendly visiting, supportive transportation, minor home repairs, and much, much more.
Our intergenerational program focuses on the circle of learning between the generations. By bringing elders together with young people, we are breaking down barriers. As a result of our programs, the elders are exhibiting less fear, while the young people are demonstrating greater amounts of respect as a result of learning life lessons from the elders.
Our community organizing work has strengthened the neighborhoods around the elders, allowing them to come out of their homes and interact with their neighbors, walk to the local markets, and be a part of the community again.
Our development program has built two affordable senior housing projects, the Pablo Davis Elder Living Center and Heritage Place at Magnolia and the twenty-four Springwells Village Townhomes with specialized services for grandparents raising their grandchildren. We also transform vacant properties into resident-owned homes, develop in-fill housing, and work to build an Intergenerational Center.
For twenty-nine years, we have led Detroit in creative collaboration and innovative programming to meet the needs of the elders and their surrounding neighborhoods. We are the leader in grass-roots, volunteer-based, home-bound eldercare in Detroit while working with the residents to create a community that one can live in for a lifetime.
BCI excels in utilizing the time and talents of volunteers. The challenges that we face come from decreasing funding for professional aging services with an increasing frail, aging, and significantly low-income population.
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