The number of people facing the end of life without friends or family is startling. Our mission is to minimize the emotional, spiritual, social isolation and loneliness that so many individuals experience at the end of life.
The Doula Program to Accompany and Comfort specially trains (over 8 weeks), carefully matches and supervises Doula Volunteers who visit individuals living at home, in nursing homes and in hospitals throughout New York City. Doula Volunteers visit weekly for an hour with one individual until he or she dies.
Each year hundreds of people are less alone as a result of a relationship with a Doula Volunteer.
The Doula Volunteers and those they visit form meaningful connections in one visit, over weeks and over years that touch both their lives.
Since 2001, we have gained national and international respect for our work with one of the most vulnerable populations in our community.
The Doula Program is the only organization of its kind providing volunteers free-of-charge to individuals in need in New York City.The commitment of the Doula Volunteers is to the relationship. These special bonds continue as the person’s illness progresses or their location or service provider changes.
The Doula Volunteer retention rate is far greater than the national average. Doula Volunteers participate in our comprehensive 8-week training program. Our Doula Volunteer community members share in ongoing Doula group meetings, continuing education, and regular supervision with our professional staff.
- People Skills
- Relationship Building
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 25
- Orientation or Training
- 1-2 hours weekly
- Volunteer must be able to make a commitment of at least one year. Most remain with us for far longer