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Our mission is to connect people who need at-home help with those who want to help, town by town!

About Us

Why we’re here

Michelle Puzzo had the idea for UR Community Cares in 2019 after treating her physical therapy patients who needed help at home, but couldn’t pay for assistance and didn’t qualify for state programs. She realized volunteers could donate their time to help those aging and disabled in their neighborhood if they knew who needed help. Her medical background allowed her to recognize the challenges that people face when beginning to experience declining physical and cognitive abilities, and decided to take action. Building the UR Community Cares digital platform as a way to match those in need with those in the same community who are eager to help was a novel idea at the time. Today we are supported by pro bono professionals from Catchafire, remote trainees from MaturityWorks and interns from Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, and a growing Board of Directors and advisors.

Why Is UR Community Cares Important?

According to a 2018 U.S. Census Bureau report, "In 2035 there will be 78 million people age 65 and older compared to 76.4 million under the age of 18. In other words, the elderly population will outnumber children for the first time in the country's history-a demographic shift that poses a unique set of public health challenges."

are in long-term care populations
currently 85 and over
Report fair to poor health
Baby Boomers retiring daily


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