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Friends from Meals on Wheels Fall Internship

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ORGANIZATION: The Health Trust


The Friends from Meals on Wheels (FMOW) is a friendly visitor program aimed at decreasing social isolation and loneliness in homebound seniors. It targets low-income seniors who are 75 years of age or older, live alone, and/or are people of color. It is available to seniors who are part of The Health Trust’s Meals on Wheels Program. Socialization services are provided by Health Trust staff, interns, and volunteers and include: home visits, with exercise options available; telephone calls; facilitated group calls that include participating in virtual games, like bingo; a mailed monthly newsletter; birthday and other volunteer written cards throughout the year; and referrals to community resources.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Schedule and conduct weekly or bi-monthly home visits and/or phone calls to client caseload, with the goal of building a strong rapport with clients.
  • Conduct outreach telephone calls to potential new clients as needed.
  • Accurately complete client assessments and surveys.
  • Assist with creating and translating a monthly client newsletter and in-office mailings.
  • Become familiar with community-based resources for homebound seniors, and refer clients to appropriate resources to meet their needs.
  • Attend and participate in weekly Friends from Meals on Wheels staff meetings.
  • Understand the scope of services provided by The Health Trust, and/or shadow or conduct informational interviews with other department managers.
  • Mandatory reporting to Adult Protective Services.
  • Additional duties may be assigned as needed to meet class requirements.


  • Experience in working with seniors or an interest in geriatrics preferred.
  • Outgoing, caring, empathetic people person, who is able to make conversation, build rapport, and engage easily with seniors, some of whom are: hard of hearing or deaf, have limited eyesight, have various stages of dementia/cognitive impairment, and/or are unable to walk without an assistive device.
  • High level of initiative, motivation and hard work ethic to reach weekly home visit and/or telephone call goals with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations, and display cultural humility.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products and Google Apps
  • Areas of Study: Public Health, Community Health, Health Sciences, Geriatrics, Psychology, Sociology


  • Must use own transportation for travel to visits, and have a valid California driver’s license and current automobile insurance (Mileage will be reimbursed).
  • Bilingual Vietnamese/English, Spanish/English, or Mandarin/English strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize and handle multiple tasks.
  • Ability to pass a background screening.
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination including booster dose
  • Must be able to commit for the semester or a minimum of 200 hours. Longer commitments are also welcome.

Working Conditions:

  • Professional office environment and homes, apartment complexes, senior living facilities, etc. of clients.
  • Due to the nature of the work, the Intern will be asked to come into the office.
  • Half-time working remotely is a possibility after the initial training period is complete.

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About The Health Trust


3180 Newberry Dr., Suite 200, San Jose, CA 95118, US

Mission Statement

Our Mission: To build health equity in the Silicon Valley.


Our Vision:

A healthier Silicon Valley for everyone.


We at The Health Trust believe that if Silicon Valley is a community where innovation is changing the world, then it also can be a community where innovation changes the lives of everyone - especially our most vulnerable residents - for the better.

As we strive to make our vision reality, we reflect the values of Silicon Valley. When we tackle a problem, we take the broad view. We rely on expertise, partnerships and best practices to generate solutions that will have the greatest impact on those we serve. We invest in projects that are sustainable, show measurable results and provide the greatest return on investment for the community.

With a strong emphasis on prevention, we focus our work through three initiatives: Healthy Living, Healthy Aging and Healthy Communities. Through direct services, we are helping one person at a time. And through policy advocacy and grantmaking, we are changing the local environment to promote healthy eating, healthy aging and healthy living.


Community, Hunger, Seniors


Thu Sep 01, 2022 - Wed Nov 30, 2022
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM


3180 Newberry Dr. Suite 200San JoseSan Jose, CA 95118



  • Case Work / Management
  • People Skills
  • Social Work




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Must be able to commit for the semester or a minimum of 200 hours. Longer commitments are also welcome.
  • Online application, onboarding forms, COVID-19 vaccination

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