Friendly Visitor
San Antonio Community Resource Directory
The Meals on Wheels San Antonio Friendly Visitor Program is a volunteer-based program where the goal is to provide companionship and a meaningful friendship to a homebound citizen in Bexar County. Friendly Visitors are matched with a homebound senior based on personality/interests and scheduling needs. Friendly Visitor volunteers usually serve one to three hours per week with a homebound senior and do things such as play games, take a walk, or chat over coffee or tea. This position is great for individuals who have a heart for helping out others and who would love to spend some free time with a person who needs a Friendly Visitor. Too often, seniors who are no longer able to leave their homes can start to feel isolated, lonely and depressed, which may worsen existing health conditions. Friendly Visitor volunteers help to alleviate concerns by visiting a homebound senior to provide much needed companionship. Just a simple conversation can make all the difference to lonely person. Volunteers interested in becoming a Friendly Visitor must: • Be at least 18 years of age • Pass a criminal and sex offender background check • Complete a one-hour training/orientation • Be a little flexible to care recipients' need for quality time • Be able to relate in a positive and warm manner to older adults Friendly Visitor volunteers are matched with older adults based on personality and interest, so that a bond can easily be developed. Once paired, volunteers are expected to provide friendship and conversation. In some cases, Friendly Visitors offer minor assistance where appropriate (e.g. walks in the neighborhood, computer assistance, etc.). For more information about receiving services, please contact a member of our Client Services team at 210-735-5115. To learn more about volunteering, please fill out the below form; or contact Lynne Holmquist, Friendly Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected] or 210-735-5115.
Any Meals on Wheels client who is in need of companionship services, may be suffering from depression, or has experienced the loss of a loved one, may be eligible for service.