The Mission of Caregiver Companion

How We Foster Dignity and Compassion For the Aging

Caregiver Companion is a non-profit organization in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, that provides non-medical supplemental volunteer support for elderly and disabled individuals who desire to remain in their homes, as well as their caregivers. We refer to all those we serve as our “neighbors” emphasizing God’s love and the community. Our goal as an agency is to help relieve the pressure that often comes with being a caregiver through the help of loving and caring volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering or in need of our services, please contact us.

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Mission Statement

Caregiver Companion is a network of interfaith volunteers committed to improving the quality of life in the homes of our elderly and disabled neighbors, as well as their caregivers.

A Legacy of Compassion

Our Story

Our beloved founder and friend, Sr. Veronica Baumgartner, with the support of her community of the Congregation of St. Joseph, founded Caregiver Companion in Lafayette, Indiana in 1995. Her vision of showing God’s compassion and love to caregivers, the aged and disabled, or as she referred to them the “dear neighbor” was realized in this local outreach ministry. In 2015, Sister Veronica passed away, but her vision to reach families in need throughout Tippecanoe County continues. She longed to see a world where there is dignity for the aging, leaving behind a beautiful legacy of servitude, compassion, and care for the dear neighbors of our community.

Caregiver now operates as its own 501(C)3, delivering the same values to +170 families in Tippecanoe County.

Vision Statement

Our vision is a world where there’s dignity for the aging, where people come together to share life’s burdens. We do this by intentionally connecting community volunteers with caregivers and neighbors. This provides much needed support to enable them to age safely, and with honor.

Our Team

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ERICA STEPHEN
Executive Director

Erica grew up in Crown Point, Indiana, and received her degree in Christian Business Management from Liberty University. She aspires to use her experience, management skills, and training to offer relief and support to caregivers and elderly neighbors. Ultimately, Erica seeks to be the hands and feet of Christ and bring joy to the lives of others.

Contact Erica at (765) 423-1879 or director@caregivercompanion.org

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HANNAH CURRIE
Associate Director

Hannah received her degrees in Political Science, Education, and Religion from Trinity University. Her passion for working with the elderly and disabled has spanned her entire life and motivates the work she now does for the seniors in Tippecanoe County. Contact Hannah at (765) 423-1879 or volunteers@caregivercompanion.org
Ramona Kuhns
Transportation Coordinator
As our Transportation Coordinator, Ramona manages the transportation scheduling for our neighbors and their volunteers. She has been a servant in the Lafayette community for many years, going back before her addition to the Caregiver Companion team, and continues to bless our ministry to this day. If you are on our services and seeking transportation, please call (765) 423-1879

Cameron Kuhl
Community Relations Coordinator

Cameron received his degree in Business Analytics and master’s in Healthcare Management from Freed-Hardeman University. He desires to help display God’s love by spreading peace and comfort to the lives of those that Caregiver Companion serves. He would love to connect with you or your business if you are seeking a way to serve through means other than volunteering! Contact Cameron at (765) 409-2851 or development@caregivercompanion.org

Our Board

Maile Quinton, Chairperson

Assistant Director at Ben and Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School for Purdue University

CHRIS IRONS, Vice Chairperson

President and Owner of Home Instead Senior Care

BETH SEGAL, Secretary

Operations Manager, RN at Franciscan Healthy Living Center

Sana Booker

City Clerk for the City of West Lafayette

Alexander H. Burns

Associate Attorney at Withered, Burns, & Williams

Jan Blau

Retired Social Worker

Bob Shockey

Account Manager (Horticultural Printing & Packaging) for MPS/Westrock

Devon Moore

Social Service & Crisis Response Specialist for the West Lafayette Police Department

Kaweme Ng’andwe

Attorney Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office