Over a Decade of Service
Established in 1998, Reach Out Morongo Basin (ROMB) is an Interfaith Volunteer Caregiving Program. Our mission is to provide support, help, education, and referrals to our senior and disabled neighbors in the Morongo Basin. We are able to use volunteers to provide informal caregiving to our neighbors. This includes: friendly visits (both in person and by phone), shopping and errancds, personal business help, minor home repairs, yard work, and transportation to medical, dental, and social service appointments. Reach Out fills in the gaps of traditional paid providers. The nature of the tasks assigned to our volunteers appear ordinary. Yet, these tasks often fall through the cracks as our neighbors age. Having before only catered to Twentynine Palms, Reach Out chose to expand. Our neighbors in the entire Morongo Basin were seeking our services. Calls came in from private citizens, caregivers, and other agencies. Our local churches are on the front line of these calls and help when possible. Unlike other agencies, we have a large amount of volunteers that come wanting to help out.
The City of Twentynine Palms and Town of Yucca Valley are great supporters of Reach Out. Both communities donated office space in their respective senior centers for Reach Out. By donating this space, Reach Out is closer to those it serves. This is a top priority for both municipalities as well as our faith community.
Reach Out programs include the Interfaith Volunteer Caregiving Program and the Transportation Program. The Interfaith Volunteer Caregiving Program matches volunteers with elderly and disabled neighbors. Through 2005, our services helped seniors and disabled persons in Twentynine Palms only. As of January 2006, Reach Out decided it would expand to the entire Morongo Basin.