Agencies that serve persons with developmental disabilities and organizations that serve older adults can use the free toolkit to start and direct an initiative like F.I.I.V.E. Chicago in their own communities. The comprehensive toolkit includes a wealth of information and materials, including concrete examples of volunteer activity sessions and training scripts with corresponding presentational materials (including PowerPoint slides). Participants will find they learn from each other, sharing stories and experiences from their own lives as they work together on projects.
In the original study, F.I.I.V.E. Chicago mentors included residents from senior living, long-term care communities, and older adult service agencies. Participating agencies serving people with disabilities included Clearbrook, Arlington Heights, IL; Center for Independent Futures, Evanston, IL; Misericordia, Chicago, IL; Barbara Olson Center of Hope, Rockford, IL; Park Lawn, Oak Lawn, IL; and Seguin Services, Cicero, IL.