Founder and Executive Director, Coming Home Connection
Glenys Carl was born and brought up in Wales and attended the University of Wales. in the mid-sixties she immigrated to America with her three young sons, and worked in Detroit’s first Head Start program. Later she moved to northern California and worked in early childhood development, including associations with the University of California and Stanford Research Institute.
Glenys began training non-professionals to assist the bedbound in the late 1980s, as she cared for her adult son following a traumatic brain injury. Over three years she recruited hundreds of people from his communities in Austrailia and England, and trained them to assist with daily needs and physical rehabilitation.
Since moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1991, Glenys has been involved in end-of-life, palliative and long-term care for adults and children. She cared for many of the local AIDS patiends in the 1990s as well as patients with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, head injuries and other conditions. Glenys has worked as a caregiver in collaboration with New Mexico native communities including Pojaque and Tesuque Pueblos and the Jicarilla Apache Tribe.
After her experience with her son’s care, Glenys held a vision of replicating that community volunteer model and eventually spreading it throughout the world. In 2007 she founded Coming Home Connection, where she has since overseen the training of over 325 volunteers and the delivery of in-home care to up to 50 households per month in the Santa Fe area.