Dan Michalske is now the Friendship Line Coordinator for the Institute on Aging. Congratulations, Dan!
This position emerged from Dan’s Capstone Project, in which he took on the herculean task of revising the training manuals for the Friendship Line, which had not been updated since the instigation of the program. That he now runs the program is of benefit to the seniors who directly benefit from his efforts. Dan is both an alumnus (Human Services, ’12) and a current student; he is currently working on his Master’s in Clinical Psychology.
From their web site: The Institute on Aging (IOA) is a community-based, non-profit organization that touches the lives of thousands of adults in San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. IOA’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for our diverse community and to assist families in making crucial decisions about the care of their loved ones.
The Friendship Line is “a 24-hour emotional support hotline for seniors. The Friendship Line reaches out to older adults in the San Francisco Bay Area. Caring volunteers offer a wealth of emotional and well-being resources. In the comfort and privacy of their home, seniors receive emotional support, reassurance, counseling, crisis intervention, abuse prevention help, medication reminders, well-being checks, and information and referral for additional care. Trained staff and volunteers receive calls and make outgoing calls, providing an ongoing connection for many depressed or lonely older adults. Directed by Patrick Arbore, the Friendship Line is part of IOA’s Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention (CESP), and provides year-round support to at-risk older adults.” Source.