Refugee Elders Program Assistant
Purpose and Impact: Catholic Charities of Tennessee Refugee and Immigration Services provide a wide array of programs to help newly-arrived refugees acquire skills they need to acclimate to American culture and responsibilities. In many cases, refugee elders depend on their children to help provide for them; however, their children often must work to support their children and other family members as well, leaving their elderly parents to fend for themselves. Though senior members of the refugee community have overcome a myriad of obstacles, they are still at risk for poverty, due to changing roles, language difficulties, and loss of their native community. As a part of our Refugee Elders Program, you can provide our clients with the mobility, support, and guidance they need to feel safe and included in their new Nashville community.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
•Practice basic English to improve their sense of purpose and place in the community
•Transport to and from weekly Citizenship classes
•Transport to and from visits to the gym and cultural outings in the Nashville area
•Foster a sense of community through social activities, humor, and games
•Ensure that no one gets lost or separated from the group during outings
•Check in with elders to address any concerns they might have
- Friendly and open-minded
- Patience and flexibility
- Excellent listening and communication
- Sensitivity to senior issues
- Independence and creativity
- Desire to work with other cultures, especially non-English speakers
- Access to transportation (with insurance)
Preferred Skills: Proficient foreign language abilities are always a plus!
Time Commitment: This is a very flexible position and you can communicate with the Elders Program Coordinator Andrea Prince to determine volunteer days, which can be as little as 1-2 times a month. We do ask that you be reliable, however, and volunteer regularly for 6 months. Our Activity Day is on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Citizenship classes are on Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Site and Supervision: Volunteers will transport our clients from their homes in the Nashville area to Citizenship class (4930 Nolensville Road 37211) and other activity areas to be determined the week prior (East Park is a common destination).
Volunteer Benefits: This position is a unique opportunity to meet new people, get involved in the Nashville community, and learn about a plethora of different cultures and backgrounds. Volunteers can also work on their communication and leadership skills in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.