Mutual Adoption Pact (MAP)
"The world cannot always understand one's profession of faith,
but it can understand service."
What is MAP?
TheMutual Adoption Pact is a multicultural, intergenerational service organization. It started as a vision of Dr. Oren Renick, professor of Health Administration in 1997, and has continued with the help of grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Texas Long Term Care Institute.
No one plans to grow old alone. No one plans to be disabled. MAP addresses the issues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom experienced by many elderly in San Marcos and surrounding communities.
MAP strives to help seniors maintain independence and autonomy with help from students. With the belief that every individial has something to offer, the care recipient chooses to interact with students, and/or other community members. The relationships that develop allow the care recipient to feel as a contributing member of society by guiding students in the practice of service learning.
How does MAP work?
Based upon like interests, needs, and time available, volunteers are matched up with an individual care recipient. With students and care recipients forming bonds and improving lives, both generations contribute. Youth supply strong backs, bright eyes, and able fingers. Seniors supply warm hearts, thoughtful minds, and time-tested wisdom.
Volunteers may choose to participate in several types of activities. They recieve orientation and training and are asked to commit at least one hour a week to a care recipient. Volunteers treat care recipients with respect and consideration while performing any number of appropriate tasks.
If you would like to participate in MAP as a volunteer or care recipient you may contact our director at 512.245.7186 or sent email to MAP_SAH_PRAXIS1@hotmail.com