Executive Director & Founder, Southern Caregiver Resource Center; LCSW
Lorie Van Tilburg is a licensed clinical social worker by training and the founder and Executive Director of Southern Caregiver Resource Center (SCRC). Established in 1987 as a private non-profit 501c3, SCRC continues to be the leading provider of comprehensive support services to family caregivers in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Under Lorie’s leadership, the organization helps over 30,000 families annually who are caring for their frail older relatives or adults with brain impairments like stroke, head trauma, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Services include information & referral, assessments, long-term care planning and case management, individualized short-term caregiver counseling, caregiver and professional training, community education and outreach, professionally facilitated support groups, legal and financial consultation, and respite services. SCRC also offers specialized evidence-based programs such as our six-session counseling program, our REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health) program targeting Spanish language Latino family caregivers, and Operation Family Caregiver (RCI’s signature military caregiver program). These are the services proven to help families remain healthy, employed and keep their loved ones safe. Services are provided by highly trained professional staff and most are available in Spanish and English.
Ms. Van Tilburg is a recognized leader and respected professional in the field of aging and health and human services. She has served on a number of Boards and professional coalitions, including the San Diego County Alzheimer’s Project Board, San Diego Brain Injury Board of Directors, Huntington’s Disease Society San Diego Chapter Board of Directors, San Diego Health Care Coalition, Western Institute Foundation for Mental Health Board of Directors, Health Insurance and Advocacy Board of Directors, and the Association of California Caregiver Resource Centers Board of Directors. Throughout the years Lorie has also been invited to present on policy issues affecting caregivers at local and national conferences, including the American Society on Aging, the Joint Conference with the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration at the Pentagon in our nation’s capital, the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving in Americus, GA.
Lorie understands the growing needs of caregivers and the rapidly changing demographics. Her vision for caregiver services are helping shape local caregiver program models (e.g. “no wrong door” approach) and have brought together top experts in the field of aging, social service and health care agencies, researchers and public and private funding sources to collaborate on innovative evidence-based caregiver programs in San Diego.
In addition to securing millions of dollars over the years from national, state and local agencies and foundations, including the California Department of Health Care Services, County of San Diego Aging & Independence Services (AIS) Family Caregiver Support Program, County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services (MHSA 2004, OA PEI), The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, Johnson & Johnson and the SCAN Foundation, Lorie was the recipient of the 2010 10News Leadership Award, a finalist for both the 2011 LEAD San Diego Visionary Award & San Diego Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO.