Bikkur Holim (visiting the ill and isolated) matches older adults with caring volunteers who offer companionship and a steady connection to the community through weekly in-home visits. We strive to create a mutually enriching experience, believing that two people enjoying each other’s company lifts the spirits of both.
“It no longer really feels like volunteering, with the exception that I come once a week on a regular schedule. Other than that, it just feels like meeting a good friend.”
We start by getting to know you.
Matches are made based on shared interests, hobbies, and location. We begin with an in-home assessment to get to know you. Then, we get to work identifying, screening and training your volunteer match.
We personally match you with a volunteer.
Once we’ve identified a potential match, we’ll contact you to schedule an introduction. Then, we’ll all meet together in your home to ensure a good fit and to address any questions.
You determine how your friendship grows.
While social interaction is at the center of each visit, volunteers can also help with little things like preparing a snack, running errands, and paperwork.
Connect to more help when you need it.
Friendly Visitors aren’t housekeepers or caregivers, but they can connect you to other JFS services designed to meet these needs.
Despite being 50 years apart in age, Golan has brought warmth and adventure into Joann’s life as she battles cancer. Their heartwarming friendship is bound to make you smile – and it all started with the JFS Friendly Visitor program.
Bikkur Holim relies on the passion and energy of a dedicated team of volunteers. Join the more than 800 San Diegans who have made JFS their place to do good.
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