What it Means to be a Volunteer
Coming Home Connection depends entirely on the commitment and dedication of local volunteers to provide compassionate, individualized in-home care to those in need. Our volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. We strive to honor each person we serve as the unique individuals they are, to protect their privacy and dignity, and provide a level of care we believe every human being deserves to enhance the quality of daily life.
Coming Home Connection is inspired by the principle of “The Golden Rule,” a belief found in virtually every major religion throughout the world. It is the belief that we as human beings have a responsibility to give something back to each other, to provide the kind of compassion and care to others in need that we would hope and expect for ourselves in similar circumstances. It is the greatest gift another human being can give to another.
Our volunteers have consistently found their service to be very inspiring and rewarding. Here is what volunteer JG wrote to us after caring for several clients including a young man at the end of his life: “I would like to thank you all for enriching my life in so many ways. After participating in volunteer work for more than 20 years I have found the most rewarding way to help and bring about the best in myself, I have found my gifts and I’m so grateful.”
We hope you will consider the Coming Home Connection experience as a remarkable opportunity to give back to your community and to share your own unique gifts with others. We can promise you it will be something you will never forget.
If you choose to become a volunteer, please take the first steps.
- First, fill out an application and mail, email, fax or hand deliver a copy to our office. You can download the Coming Home Connection Volunteer Caregiver Application or obtain it from the CHC office.
- Second, sign up for and complete a three-day CHC training conducted by Diane Broome, R.N., Instructor for Medical Terminology and Nursing Assistant classes, Santa Fe Community College Nursing Program; Sara Kelly (title to be added), Jytte Lokvig, (title to be added) and Denys Cope, R.N., (title to be added). The training will provide you with the basic skills required to become an in-home volunteer. Trainings are offered several times a year in both Santa Fe and Espanola. For the schedule and registration, please call the CHC office at (505) 988-2468.
After the training we will require a copy of your driver’s license and a copy of a recent criminal background check. Our office can provide details about getting a national background check. Then, if the Executive Director approves you as a volunteer, you will be placed on “active” status. We will ask you to provide your schedule of availability, and to let us know when it changes.
Your first few client visits will be supervised by an experienced volunteer who accompanies you, before we would expect you to care for clients on your own. Determinations of ability and suitability are made solely by the Executive Director with advice from our staff and others.