January 24, 2013
Amazing experience with balance of direct contact with residents and first-hand experience running a successful not-for-profit.
Francis House provides a home and an extended family to people with terminal illnesses so they can die with dignity and experience the unconditional love of God. This ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Syracuse is a highly respected home for people who need end-of-life care. It’s a joy-filled caring environment. The FrancisCorps volunteers at this site will have an opportunity to experience various aspects of working in an effective private non-profit agency. The volunteer will balance their time between direct contact with residents, supporting them according to their abilities, preferences and qualifications and also assisting in supporting the mission of Francis House by assisting with development, fundraising, volunteer coordination. The volunteer will be a full member of the Francis House “team”. The direct involvement with the residents may take the form of simply visiting and listening to their stories, assisting with the day-to-day care of the house or depending on the education the FC volunteer has it may also include assisting with care. This placement is open to any volunteer and would be of special interest to volunteers interested in health care, end of life issues, social work or someone wanting direct experience helping run a faith-based not-for-profit agency.
And that’s not all…
We are also currently in conversation with St. Joseph Hospital in Syracuse about a placement in some part of this excellent health care facility founded by St. Marianne Cope. Obviously a volunteer can’t be practicing medicine, nursing or other health related profession unless they have the credentials. However we are looking at some form of service which which would allow the volunteer to be in that environment and offer presence, comfort and support to patients.
And watch out HGTV!
Another placement that might be possible is working in some “housing” capacity. It could include assisting people in obtaining house, attending to the homeless and even possibly direct, hands-on helping fix, clean and care for housing for those who are of modest means. How much fun would that be getting to use your skills in renovating or building to help care for people in need of housing? We’ll keep you posted!