Hundreds of individuals facing the end of life are not alone as a result of a relationship with a Doula Volunteer. Our volunteers and those they visit form meaningful connections over weeks and over years that touch both of their lives.
Since 2001, The Doula Program to Accompany and Comfort, a nonprofit organization, has been the only organization of its kind specializing in training, carefully matching and supervising Doula Volunteers. We have gained national and international respect for our work that has been recognized in the New York Times.
Our diverse group of Doula Volunteers visit individuals living at home, in nursing homes and in hospitals. Our volunteers visit weekly with one individual until he or she dies.
The Doula Program to Accompany and Comfort also created the hospital based Palliative Care Doula Volunteer program in response to the needs of individuals with critical illness.
The organization provides consultation on customized Program implementation, training curriculum and programming for professionals on end of life issues.
The Doula Program to Accompany and Comfort denounces all forms of racism, discrimination and violence. We support open dialogue and understanding. We are also committed to finding ways to make our organization more diverse, equitable, and inclusive for our volunteers and the people we serve. This is a time of necessary self-reflection, as individuals, nation and the world.
A MESSAGE FROM AMY LEVINE:
“Uncertainty” is a word that no longer seems to describe the complexity nor impact of COVID-19 on all of our lives.
What is certain, is that The Doula Program is here and joins together to accompany and comfort the most vulnerable among us.
We continue to ensure access to our services and adapt models in response to those in need and to the changes in the landscape of healthcare and social services at this time.
In lieu of weekly in-person visiting, Doula Volunteers are calling individuals who are facing life threatening illness and are feeling more alone than ever before.
Everyone we serve, no matter their struggles, deserves kindness and compassion.