(602) 212-6088

opas@vosymca.org

Helping the Seniors of Ahwatukee Stay Independent at Home

The YMCA’s Outreach Programs for Ahwatukee Seniors (Y OPAS) has been providing support services to Ahwatukee seniors since 2001. We started at Mountain View Lutheran Church and in 2006 became a program of the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA.

Y OPAS is a community effort offering FREE support services for the seniors of Ahwatukee and their caregivers. Services are provided by community volunteers – the generous neighbors of Ahwatukee. Our objective is to meet the needs of the growing senior population in Ahwatukee, with the goal of enabling our seniors to maintain independent living in their own homes. If you are 62 years and older and live in Ahwatukee (85044, 85045, and 85048 zip codes), contact us to see how Y OPAS can help you. If you have some time to spare and are looking to help your community and volunteer we would love to have you join us

The Valley of the Sun YMCA’s Senior Outreach Program of Ahwatukee offers services to assist with independent living.

The mission of the YMCA’s Outreach Programs for Ahwatukee Seniors (Y OPAS) is to assist Ahwatukee seniors 62 years and older in staying independent and healthy at home. Community volunteers help our seniors by providing:

  • Transportation
  • Shopping and errands
  • Friendly Visiting
  • Caregiver Relief
  • Reassurance Calling
  • Minor Handyman Repairs
  • Business Help
  • Social Activities
  • Support when discharged from the hospital
  • Transportation

    Volunteer will escort senior to and from a medical or other appointment, as well as to the pharmacy after the appointment, if needed.

  • Shopping & Errands

    Volunteer can either shop with or for the senior and can take senior to do personal errands such as going to the bank and hair appointment.

  • Friendly Visitors

    Friendly and concerned volunteer will visit the senior once a week for about an hour.

  • Friendly Phoning

    Volunteer will call senior several times per week to check on their welfare, as well as to build a one-on-one caring relationship with them.

  • Caregiver Relief

    Once a week a volunteer will provide respite (time away) to the primary, full-time caregiver while providing companionship and a safe environment for the senior.

  • Household Assistance

    Volunteer will provide assistance in areas such as changing light bulbs and air filters, adding salt to water softeners etc.

  • Business Help

    Volunteer will assist the senior in managing business and financial concerns, as well as personal correspondence through one-on-one assistance at the senior’s home.

  • Senior Community Wellness Program

    Extra support and case management when senior is discharged from the hospital or rehab.

  • Social Activities

    To prevent isolation Y OPAS has social activities once or twice a month for our seniors.

  • Information & Referral

    Y OPAS offers information and referrals to other agencies or individuals as needed.

Y OPAS volunteers provide the majority of the direct services to seniors as well as staffing the office and helping with socials and fundraisers.

Volunteers can choose assignments they wish to take to suit their availability. We have volunteers who help us once a month and others who help us twice a week – whatever suits your schedule. Our volunteers are retired, work part time or full time, have young children or are snowbirds. If you have a few hours to spare and would like to help your community please contact us.

Potential volunteers will:

  • Complete an Application
  • Attend a Two Hour Orientation & Training Session
  • Give 3 References
  • Agree to a Criminal Background Check & Provide Driving Record if Providing Transportation

Ready to Volunteer? Download our Application & Send it to the Address Below!

Volunteer Application

Y OPAS
(YMCA’s Outreach Programs for Ahwatukee Seniors)

1030 E. Liberty Lane,
Phoenix, Arizona 85048

Thank You to our Supporters:

If you would like to make a donation to support our program, checks can be made out to Y OPAS and mailed to Y OPAS, 1030 E. Liberty Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85048, or you can donate online*.

Donate to Y OPAS

*Be sure to mention Y OPAS as the person who asked you to help

Y OPAS
(YMCA’s Outreach Programs for Ahwatukee Seniors)

1030 E. Liberty Lane,
Phoenix, Arizona 85048

Main Office: 602 212 6088

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Judy Lewisohn | Program Manager

(602) 212-6076

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Linda Jochim | Community Outreach

(602) 212-6076

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Brian McDonald | Scheduler

(602) 212-6088

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Jeanne Miller | Care Coordinator

(602) 212-6076

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