With the rise in temperature, many isolated elders and homebound adults are left without vital services such as transportation to the grocery store and doctor’s appointments. Currently, there are nearly 90 homebound adults waiting to be matched with volunteers through Duet: Partners In Health & Aging. These services include help with grocery shopping, transportation to medical appointments, providing friendly visits, minor home repairs, assistance with basic paperwork and more.
“When the summer heat arrives, a number of our volunteers depart the Valley for cooler weather, but our neighbors—that’s what we call the homebound adults that we serve—stay here and are still in need of the crucial services that our volunteers provide,” said Sue Reckinger, director of volunteer services. “Those who are interested in volunteering just need to attend an orientation and then can set their own schedule to volunteer. One to two hours a week makes such a big difference to a homebound adult in need.”
Through volunteers, Duet is able to provide these services free of charge to help Valley seniors and homebound adults live as independently as possible. Duet has been serving its neighbors since 1981.
To become a volunteer with Duet, the first step is to attend an orientation.
Upcoming orientations include:
Thursday, July 13, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Church of the Beatitudes, 555 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix
Saturday, August 19, 9 to 11:30 a.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 7205 N. 51st Ave., Glendale
Saturday, September 16, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Orangewood Presbyterian, 7321 N. 10th Street, Phoenix
Duet is a nonprofit, interfaith organization that promotes health and well-being through a broad range of services to homebound adults, family caregivers, faith communities and grandparents raising grandchildren. Duet’s free-of-charge services are available in the greater Phoenix area. To volunteer, donate or ask for help, go to www.duetaz.org or call (602) 274-5022.