New Beginnings at Coming Home Connection

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Effective July 1st, we have a new Executive Director: JoDee Powers. Welcome, JoDee!

JoDee has managed nonprofits and public service agencies serving communities in New Mexico and Colorado, but often with a global reach.  Her work has focused on community health and economic development, climate change and its impacts on women and disadvantaged groups.  The skills she brought to bear on these issues will directly benefit Coming Home Connection:  she has organized large training events and conferences, engaged in communication and public outreach using a variety of media, and managed annual budgets up to $1 million.  Additionally, JoDee is a Conscious Aging Facilitator. JoDee says:  “I am looking forward to working with the Coming Home Connection team, the wonderful community partners that support CHC, and the caregivers and volunteers with their kind hearts and capable hands.  You have created a great organization with a solid foundation, and I am committed to sustaining this “community of care.” 

Our director of nearly four years, Frances Salles, will be working side by side with JoDee for the month of July, overseeing her transition to taking on the challenging role of Executive Director.  Then Frances will formally step down from Coming Home Connection, wrap up her 16 years in Santa Fe and move back to Europe to be closer to her parents as they age.  “It’s hard to leave Coming Home Connection,” Frances told us.  “I’ve worked with so many amazing people, caregivers, clients, staff and community partners, and we’ve achieved so much.  I am particularly proud to have helped open our hospice house, Casa Cielo, which is such a needed service in Santa Fe.” 


With COVID-19 cases still rising in New Mexico, and Santa Fe opening up to  tourists, including those from Arizona and Texas, our neighboring hot-spot states, we will continue to keep the office closed and work remotely. The Medical Equipment Loan Program will operate Wednesday mornings or by appointment. Please call our office number (505) 988-2468 for assistance.

Barbara Espinoza, Director of Operations, is keeping in close contact with families and caregivers, and we have been able to supply them with PPE, including face shields donated by ANCHORUM, a community partner.

We are proud to have made the NM Safe Promise to keep our workplace and others safe. Now it’s your turn! #NMSafePromise

Assisting the Navajo Nation

CHC volunteer, Sitara Trumbull, has been working with Operation Bandana New Mexico to send masks and medical supplies to the Navajo Nation, which has been so badly hit by the pandemic. She reached out to our Medical Equipment Loan Program to see if we had disposable briefs for men. We did. When Robin Carillo Ortiz, founder of Operation Bandana New Mexico arrived to pick up the briefs, she was amazed to see the range of supplies we have available.

Assisted by Celia Owens, our Health Navigator and Volunteer Coordinator, Robin took two trips and loaded up her truck with wheelchairs, walkers, blood pressure kits, a stethoscope, air mattresses to prevent pressure sores, bedside commodes, pill organizers, bathrobes and hospital gowns, removable leg casts, a full body case and multiple crutches and canes. And of course the disposable briefs she originally came for!

A big thank you to Sitara for connecting us, and Robin and everyone at OBNM (Operation Bandana New Mexico), you are wonders!  

All of the equipment in our Medical Equipment Loan Program is donated and is available to anyone in the community in need.

New Ways to Support Our Work

Coming Home Connection is pleased to launch a new Planned Giving program. For many of us, a planned gift is the single biggest gift we will make to a non-profit organization. It is a way to express our values and achieve financial goals. A gift through your estate plan will leave a legacy of support for the future of Coming Home Connection and keep providing compassionate care to those in need, while providing valuable tax benefits for you and/or a spouse and loved ones. 

And we welcome Frances & Jean-Luc Salles as the first members of our Legacy Circle. Frances says, “After nearly four years as Executive Director  I know how important our work is in the community, whether it’s caregivers and volunteers helping in people’s home, calls to isolated seniors, or the incredible end-of-life care we offer at Casa Cielo. It’s important to us that this work continues, which we is why we have named Coming Home Connection in our wills. We hope others will do the same.’   To find out about how you can leave a lasting gift, email:

Santa Fe Healthcare Network

Thank you to the SFHN for keeping us connected with our community partners in senior care. This month’s guest speaker was Dr Garcia who talked about CHRISTUS St Vincent’s strategy to make health care for seniors more accessible and use-friendly, particularly for people with dementia and other mental impairments.

Get Involved

Volunteer with the Kindness Crew, Casa Cielo or Caring Callers
Donate for Dignity through our website

And call if you need services (505) 988-2468

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