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The Doula Program to Accompany and Comfort

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Health & Medicine
  • People with Disabilities
  • Seniors

Location

55 Exchange PlaceSte 402NYC, NY 10005 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Doula Program to Accompany and Comfort's mission is to minimize the isolation and loneliness experienced by individuals with life threatening illness who are facing the end of their lives alone. Individuals are known beyond their diagnosis, through special relationships with a Doula Volunteer. The Doula Program to Accompany and Comfort is the only nonprofit organization of its kind specializing in recruiting, screening, specially training, carefully matching and supervising Doula Volunteers who visit individuals weekly in hospitals, healthcare facilities and at home. Our Doula Volunteers will visit one individual weekly until he or she dies. The Doula Volunteers and those they visit form meaningful connections in one visit, over weeks and over years that touch both their lives. Note: Due to COVID-19, visits will take place virtually by phone or video call.

Description

Doula Volunteers are recruited, trained (for 8 weeks) carefully matched and assigned to visit seriously ill individuals in hospitals, nursing homes, and in their homes for one-two hours each week. Doula Volunteers are ordinary men and women who form relationships and provide compassionate companionship and support that minimizes a person's sense of isolation and loneliness at end of their life. Continued supervision, guidance and group volunteer meetings are an integral aspect of this volunteer opportunity.

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