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Caring Companion Hospice Volunteer(Non-Profit)

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ORGANIZATION: Presbyterian Hospice of Northern New Mexico - Santa Fe

  • 7 people are interested

**The Northern New Mexico service area includes Santa Fe, Tesuque, Nambe, Pojoaque, La Mesilla, Santa Cruz, La Puebla, El Llano, Cordova, Chimayo, Espanola, Ohkay Owingeh, Alcalde, El Guique, Medanales, El Dorado, Lamy, Pecos**

Caring Companion Volunteers provide support to families and patients in Northern New Mexico. Hospice is a unique, patient-centered, team-based approach to palliative (comfort) care for an individual with a terminal illness who chooses to receive care in their home setting. Our interdisciplinary staff are a close-knit team who are inclusive and devoted experts in supporting patients and families on this journey. Hospice volunteers are integral members of our hospice interdisciplinary team. They are members of the community who have chosen to devote their service and time to improving the quality of life for our patients and families during a pivotal, and often deeply rewarding, time of life.

How can volunteers help?

The greatest gift we can offer a person who is facing the end of their life is time. Hospice volunteers have a unique opportunity to practice the art of presence through compassionate communion. You get to experience a relationship that is rooted in unconditional support - meeting the person where they are without expectation or judgement. This rare form of radical acceptance gives the person a unique opportunity to be seen for who they are, in this very moment, and to express their thoughts and feelings unincumbered by projection and judgment. You are helping create a safe space for them to just BE. You are, in essence, bearing witness by listening to someone’s life story, hearing their pain, witnessing their confusion, and sharing both their sadness and their joy. The brave heart understands and embraces the impermanence of life. Your gift of presence is invaluable for those who are facing the greatest unknown.

Volunteers are assigned to a patient near where they live or are willing to travel. Volunteers choose each assignment and make a commitment to visiting each week during the patient’s time on hospice. You will be accompanied by a member of the care team on your initial visit and warmly supported by them throughout your journey as a hospice volunteer.

Volunteers can make a significant difference in the
lives of hospice patients by offering companionship, emotional support, assistance
with daily activities, and respite for caregivers.

Why choose non-profit?

  • Non-profit hospice services are more patient-centered and focused on quality of care rather than the bottom line.
  • Non-profit hospices are able to offer more services and resources to patients and their families than for-profit hospice services.
Getting started:
  1. Fill out the volunteer application online at www.phs.org/community/volunteer
  2. Pass a criminal background check.
  3. Schedule screening interview with Volunteer Manager by contacting cverduzco@phs.org
Qualifications & Requirements:
  • Proof of initial two COVID vaccinations and one booster.
  • Proof of childhood vaccination records, or titer test.
  • TB test
  • Current seasonal flu vaccine, or mandatory masking during flu season.
  • Completion of self-paced online volunteer training.
  • Experience/ training in a related field and/or in volunteer activity preferred but not required.
  • Comfortable with hospice philosophy, policy and practice.
  • Good understanding of palliative care and support.
  • Emotionally stable and willing to provide emotional support to the patient and family facing death if working directly with patients.
  • Preferably no personal experience with a spouse/parent/child death within the last year.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills.
  • Ability to execute a supportive and sensitive approach to patient/family needs.
  • New Mexico driver’s license and availability of a car.
  • Commitment of 2-4 hours per week for a minimum of one year.

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About Presbyterian Hospice of Northern New Mexico - Santa Fe


1400 Chama Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87505, US

Mission Statement

The Presbyterian Healthcare at Home hospice program provides physical, emotional, and spiritual support to patients and their families when curative measures are no longer the best option. Hospice does not prolong life or rush death, but allows for a peaceful and natural transition, while giving someone time to do the things they love.


Presbyterian Healthcare at Home includes all of our care services for patients who either need or are more comfortable receiving care at their home. These services include hospice care, palliative care, respite care, as well as our Hospital at Home services. Our team works closely with the patient’s healthcare provider to monitor your progress and health concerns. Services provided by Presbyterian Healthcare at Home.


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1400 Chama AvenueSanta Fe, NM 87505



  • Hospice Care
  • Bereavement Support
  • Case Work / Management
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Healthcare
  • Social Work




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-4 hours weekly
  • fingerprints, proof of COVID vaccines, flu vaccine, TB test, proof of childhood vaccinations (or titer test if records not available), and drug test

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