May 30, 2012 // Franchising.com // Kiran Yocom, co-founder of Seniors Helping Seniors® at-home care, is an exceptional example of a woman who has determined how to do good and do well in business.
As a serious woman of faith, it has been most important for Kiran to highlight how she, and her husband, Philip, live their Christian values while providing at-home support services to older adults. They do this with an eye toward growing and sustaining a successful business that allows them to continue to expand their services throughout the country.
Kiran is not new to integrating the worlds of for profit and non-profit values. Born in India, Kiran spent fourteen years volunteering side by side with Mother Teresa as a ministry follower. She was called through love, compassion, and respect to help those who could not help themselves.
During those years, Kiran fundraised for Mother Teresa's ministry, took care of leprosy patients, fed the hungry, found shelter for the homeless, cared for orphans, and comforted the sick.
Kiran, who lives in Berks County, Pennsylvania, continued her mission of helping others when she moved to the States, giving significant time and money to help her neighbors in Berks County by providing food to those who had none, visiting cancer patients, and spending time with people who were alone and lonely by bringing love, joy, and compassion into their lives.
When she and her husband founded Seniors Helping Seniors® services, they continued to move their calling to make the world a better place. The organization provides a way to give and to receive® for the seniors who want to help and for those who need help. For older adults, who are retired but still active, Seniors Helping Seniors® services provides a fulfilling and rewarding way to earn an equitable income. And those who need help receive companionship and support from a loving, caring, compassionate senior who really understands what it means to age.
As the founder of the organization, Kiran has been responsible for the day-to-day operations and the promotion of the concept. Today, Seniors Helping Seniors® support services are offered in over 200 locations throughout the country. Last year, thousands of older adults nationally received support through the services.
Locally, David and Judy VanderLinde (along with their son Dave and daughter Amanda) joined Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services in 2009 and are currently providing over 1,000 hours of help to over 40 seniors and their families in Grand Rapids and the surrounding area. Seniors Helping Seniors® services include companionship, light housekeeping, cooking, respite care, personal care, handyman services, transportation and other non-medical in-home care services.
“In creating Seniors Helping Seniors® at-home services, Kiran and Philip created an organization that has allowed me to fulfill my own personal mission of doing well and doing good. Working in my calling has allowed me to give to others, to help older adults contribute to the welfare of others and to receive extraordinary personal and spiritual rewards,” said Judy VanderLinde.
Kiran and Philip are honored to be able to deliver their messages about bring loving compassionate care to seniors during their interview on Hour of Power which will be aired on Lifetime on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 8AM. The interview will also be available on the web at hourofpower.org.
The internationally televised Hour of Power brings messages of hope and healing to millions of viewers. The show is televised from The Crystal Cathedral, which is home base for the international Crystal Cathedral Ministries.
Seniors Helping Seniors has grown to 13 franchise locations across Michigan with plans to expand to 25 locations by the end of 2013. Some franchise opportunities are still available across the state. Our businesses help seniors maintain their independence while providing meaningful job opportunities to healthy and active seniors.