CARING CONNECTIONS: THE FRIENDLY VISITOR PROGRAM OF OPENHOUSE
Caring people are matched with LGBT older adults who may be isolated or interested in strengthening connections to community. The program also links older adults with community resources.
A Caring Connections senior at Openhouse: Is someone who may be feeling lonely; May not get “out and about” as much as they would like; Would enjoy more companionship or emotional support.
A Caring Connections Friendly Visitor: Cares about reaching across generations in our community; Is interested in making a difference in the lives of LGBT older adults by sharing a bit of their time and themselves; Is a good listener, patient, and kind; Is a person of any age who would enjoy the company of an older friend; Visits at least twice a month for about an hour or so to provide social connection and emotional support; Can commit to a year of service; Attends a volunteer orientation, ongoing training, and information on community resources; and Engages in a monthly support group offered at Openhouse.
To be considered as a volunteer Friendly Visitor in our Caring Connections program, plan to attend a Friendly Visitor information night and complete a screening process. This process includes completion of an application, an interview, background and references checks, and an all-day training orientation.