United HomeCare's AVUS Connect Tech PalsTM Designated

as a Generations United Program of Distinction

Generations United Recognizes Twenty Exemplary Programs Connecting Younger and Older People

Washington, DC, December 13, 2022 – Generations United has announced twenty inter-generational programs that have been selected to receive the prestigious Intergenerational Program Certification. These programs are all creatively and effectively engaging younger and older people in activities that strengthen relationships between the generations.

“We congratulate these programs for earning these distinctions and their dedication to high-quality intergenerational practices,” said Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United. “Achieving this recognition is a major accomplishment. The Intergenerational Program Certification is the only U.S. ‘seal of approval’ for intergenerational programs and the application and review process are rigorous.”

Eleven of the selected programs received the Program of Distinction designation, which recognizes that the awarded program meets the highest standards of intergenerational effectiveness and provides great confidence in the program’s sustainability and capacity to achieve targeted outcomes. These eleven designees join the prestigious ranks of twenty-three previous Program of Distinction recipients who successfully completed the process of renewal this year.

Generations United also recognized nine programs as Program of Merit designees. A new designation in 2022, Programs of Merit meet the minimum standards of intergenerational effectiveness and are actively working towards exemplary status.

Generations United launched the Intergenerational Program Certification in 2010 to recognize excellence while celebrating the rich diversity among intergenerational programs. An outside panel of experts selects designees based on evidence-based standards for quality programming, such as preparing participants, staff training, partner engagement, and use of evaluation data.

Intergenerational programs are those which increase cooperation, interaction and exchange between people of different generations, allowing them to share their talents and resources, and support each other in ongoing relationships that benefit both the individuals and their community.

Learn more about what it means to be a Program of Distinction and other programs that have received the designation.


About Generations United: Generations United is a nonprofit that strengthens practices and policies to benefit all generations. For more than three decades, Generations United has been the catalyst for policies and practices stimulating cooperation and collaboration among generations, evoking the vibrancy, energy and sheer productivity that result when people of all ages come together. We believe that we can only be successful in the face of our complex future if generational diversity is regarded as a national asset and fully leveraged.

Read the Generations United Press Release


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AVUS ConnectTM is United HomeCare’s student-led Intergenerational Senior Assurance Program designed to address loneliness, social isolation and depression among older adults with volunteering.

As a community service project, AVUS ConnectTM was founded by Shawn Martinez, a student at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School (Class of 2023). AVUS ConnectTM has expanded to include other students from local high schools and colleges, under the umbrella of United HomeCare’s Volunteer Department.

United HomeCare is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization and licensed Agency dedicated serving the South Florida community since 1973 as a provider of comprehensive home care services for homebound older and disabled adults delivered in the comfort of their home.

United HomeCare is proud to host Youth Volunteers for Intergenerational connectivity with older adults. We are bridging generations and fostering relationships that will help to alleviate loneliness in older adults.

Call us at (305) 716-0710 to learn more about all of our volunteer opportunities or home care services for your loved ones.

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