About Coming Home Connection

For over ten years Coming Home Connection has provided skilled and compassionate in-home care to those in need in Santa Fe and the surrounding counties. Our unique volunteer-hybrid model combines free and low-cost care, allowing us to serve a wide range of people regardless of their ability to pay. Our caregivers, all of whom are trained and background checked, are committed to honoring the dignity and privacy of each care recipient, and providing the highest quality of care. We specialize in care for the elderly and disabled adults, dementia respite, end-of-life and hospice support, and post-operative care.

MISSION STATEMENT

CHC trains, places and coordinates volunteers to provide free and low-cost in-home care to those in need who fall through gaps of the current healthcare systems.

Our Story

The story of Coming Home Connection began when our founder, Glenys Carl, unexpectedly became a caregiver after her son Scott, was suffered a traumatic brain injury.  In need of 24/7 home-care, with no insurance to pay for it, Glenys began asking for help from her community, and throughout three years, she recruited hundreds of volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life to assist with daily living needs and rehab.  Sadly, when Scott died in 1991 she came to Santa Fe to grieve and heal. However, finding herself in the middle of the AIDS crisis, she could not ignore the huge unmet need for care of those suffering and dying from AIDS. Working from home, she used the skills learned when caring for Scott to train volunteers to work with this community, providing not just practical, but emotional and spiritual end-of-life. In 2007, she fulfilled her desire to create a non-profit, The Coming Home Connection, helping those who otherwise fall through the gaps in the current health care system.

 

Since our humble beginnings in 2007, The Coming Home Connection has trained 450 volunteers and provide over 350,000 hours of free and low-cost home-care. Our program has been replicated in four other countries, and has garnered interest and received many awards across the United States. We are currently working with two children’s hospitals in Albuquerque to create a volunteer program to assist acutely sick and terminally ill children and their families, as are planning to open the first community-based hospice facility in Santa Fe.

Our Staff

Frances Salles

Executive Director

Haide

Office Manager and Bilingual Scheduler

Frances grew up in England in a family dedicated to volunteerism. She graduated university with a degree in political science and began a career in nonprofit service delivery and management with the Alzheimer’s Disease Society, Women's Refuges, and the Council for Voluntary Services. For Age Concern England she worked as part of a national team. After the sudden death of her first husband in 2000, she relocated to Santa Fe with her young son in 2005. After working for the international nonprofit Creativity for Peace, she joined Coming Home Connection in 2016.

Haide Martinez started with Coming Home Connection as a volunteer 11 years ago. She currently works as the office administrator. Haide strongly believes in giving back to the community and volunteers every week. She is currently attending Northern New Mexico College pursuing a nursing degree. A mother of two children, she has lived in Santa Fe for most of her life and has no plans to leave any time soon. Haide says, “Helping people is in my blood, it is part of who I am.”

Leslie

RN, Client and Family Liaison

Celia Owens

Volunteer Coordinator

Leslie Wizner is from El Paso Texas where she attended El Paso Community College and earned her Associates of Science in Nursing degree. She moved to Santa Fe in 2005 continuing her nursing career of 20 years and is currently pursuing her bachelors of Science in Nursing degree at Eastern New Mexico University. The majority of her career has been in oncology caring for cancer patients throughout their disease. Hospice care is one of her passions having obtained a vast amount of experience caring for those at the end of their lives as well. Her work with CHC began as a volunteer in 2015. She is now a part time staff member providing support to families and their loved ones with a varying array of needs.

Celia began caregiving as a hospice volunteer with The Hospice Center in Santa Fe when it first opened in early 1991, and has continued in the field, off and on, ever since.  Working in the office at Coming Home Connection has offered her a rich overview of the field.  In recent years she earned an MA in Peace and Conflict studies at a university in Turkey, that has constant applications in problem-solving.  She has always been an activist and organizer, and likes to help.  She is also a world traveler, lived in Italy for a decade, and is an artist, writer and theater person.  Caregiving and volunteering has kept her feet on the ground, and her heart in her hand.  As Volunteer Coordinator, she has a special mission to build a team of people who want to take care of our community.

Paige Grant

Bilingual Scheduler

Paige began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal, and over the course of her magical life has become a wife, mother, caregiver, farmer, writer, singer, hydrologist, researcher and otherwise fully engaged community member wherever she has lived since.  Her experiences in being present for her mother, father and elder friend provided an orientation to the work of Coming Home Connection, where she has in a few short months “quickly come to appreciate the seamless partnership of the staff in supporting each other in our diverse lives, as well as our collective commitment to providing care for families suffering a health crisis.”  Paige adds, “This work has a lot of heart.”

Our Board
Marc Stress Rick Berardinelli Jenny Parks

Dr Marc Stess is the founder of the Wound and Hyberbaric Center at Christus St Vincent Regional Medical Center, where he worked as a wound care specialist from 2006-2013. He is a former consultant to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Marc and his wife Alice, divide their time between their home in Santa Fe and their get-away in San Pancho, Mexico, as well as spending time with their grandchildren.

Rick Berardinelli is a lifelong resident of Santa Fe, and former CEO and president of Berardfinelli  Funeral Services.  Dedicated to community work, among many other positions he has served as President of the Santa Fe Fiesta Council, board member of the Santa Fe County Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Bank of Santa Fe (now Wells Fargo), Gerards House and Bienvenidos Outreach; member of Open Hands, and Montezuma Lodge #1 A.F. & A.M., and Past President and current member of the Santa Fe Rotary Club.

CEO of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation (LANL Foundation responsible for overseeing all aspects of the LANL Foundation’s work, managing a $4 million operating and program budget and an approximately $80 million in assets. Served for five years as President and CEO of the New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF) after serving as Project Manager for the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national land conservation non –profit.  Starting in 1999, she worked in Utah, Arizona, Texas, Colorado and New Mexico leading and completing over 30 community driven conservation projects before becoming New Mexico State Director in July 2005.

David Brooks Jeff Sand

Mr. Brooks is Assistant General Counsel and a Hearing Examiner in the Oil Conservation Division of the New Mexico Department of Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources.  He was a judge of the District Court of Dallas County, Texas from 1987 – 1998.  He is admitted to the bar in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts.  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe.

Jeff Sand is a portfolio and relationship manager with the Rikoon Group. He is a certified financial planner (CFP) and has an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA from the University of Arizona. He is also a musician, vocalist and guitarist, and performs intermittently at clubs and special events. He is married to his wife, Barbara, and has two stepsons, Naijo and Ian, and one daughter, Stephanie.

Glenys Carl COMING HOME CONNECTION FOUNDER

Glenys Carl was born and brought up in Wales and attended the University of Wales. In the mid-sixties she emigrated to America with her three young sons, and worked in Detroit’s first Head Start program. Later she moved to northern California and worked in early childhood development, including associations with the University of California and Stanford Research Institute.

 

Glenys began training non-professionals to assist the bedbound in the late 1980s, as she cared for her adult son following a traumatic brain injury. Over three years she recruited hundreds of people from his communities in Australia and England, and trained them to assist with daily needs and physical rehabilitation.

 

Her acclaimed book “Hold My Hand” (2005,2008) tell this story.

Since moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1991, Glenys has been involved in end-of-life, palliative and long-term care for adults and children. She cared for many of the local AIDS patients in the 1990s as well as patients with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, head injuries and other conditions. Glenys has worked as a caregiver in collaboration with New Mexico native communities including Pojaque and Tesuque Pueblos and the Jicarilla Apache Tribe.

After her experience with her son’s care, Glenys held a vision of replicating that community volunteer model and eventually spreading it throughout the world. In 2007 she founded Coming Home Connection, where she has since overseen the training of over 450 volunteers and the delivery of in-home care to up to 60 households per month in the Santa Fe area.

what our clients say about us

“CHC was a Godsend for me and my mother. With your help I was able to keep working, provide her with companionship and get her the physical therapy she needed.”

“We watched with admiration at the care and concern that each and every caregiver provided. Their soft voices and loving hands helped him go gracefully and with dignity into the next world.”

“I’ve been living with primary progressive multiple sclerosis for almost twenty years and CHC volunteer caregivers have allowed me to stay in my own home and live independently. This is a wonderful organization that fills a void in the health care community.”

PARTNERSHIPS WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
OUR FUNDING PARTNERS

Robert Woods Johnson Foundation

 

Con Alma Health Foundation

 

CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center

 

CHRISTUS Fund

 

Anderson Foundation

 

City of Santa Fe

 

Rotary Club of Santa Fe

 

Andrew Davis Foundation

 

Manhattan Institute

Santa Fe Community Foundation

 

New Mexico Community Foundation

 

Grace and John T. Harrington Foundation

 

Melville Hankins Family Foundation

 

100 Women Who Care Santa Fe

 

Carroll Petrie Foundation

 

Susan and Conrad De Jong Fund

 

Wallen Eloisa Family Fund

DONATE TODAY AND HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Your donation is tax-deductible

Your donation enables the CHC office to recruit, train and place volunteers to help those in those most in need in our community, and supports the low-cost in-home care service.

info@cominghomeconnection.org

Call (505) 988 2468

Fax (505) 988 2595

COMING HOME CONNECTION

Design Center Santa Fe

418 Cerrillos Rd #27

Santa Fe, NM 87501

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Coming Home Connection  is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law

About Coming Home Connection
MISSION STATEMENT
Our Story
Our Staff
Our Board Marc Stress
Rick Berardinelli
Jenny Parks
David Brooks
Jeff Sand
Glenys Carl COMING HOME CONNECTION FOUNDER
what our clients say about us
PARTNERSHIPS WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
OUR FUNDING PARTNERS

Robert Woods Johnson Foundation

 

Con Alma Health Foundation

 

CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center

 

CHRISTUS Fund

 

Anderson Foundation

 

City of Santa Fe

 

Rotary Club of Santa Fe

 

Andrew Davis Foundation

 

Manhattan Institute

 

Santa Fe Community Foundation

 

New Mexico Community Foundation

 

Grace and John T. Harrington Foundation

 

Melville Hankins Family Foundation

 

100 Women Who Care Santa Fe

 

Carroll Petrie Foundation

 

Susan and Conrad De Jong Fund

 

Wallen Eloisa Family Fund

 

DONATE TODAY AND HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE
About Coming Home Connection
MISSION STATEMENT
Our Story
Our Staff
Our Board Marc Stress
Rick Berardinelli
Jenny Parks
David Brooks
Jeff Sand
Glenys Carl COMING HOME CONNECTION FOUNDER
what our clients say about us

“We watched with admiration at the care and concern that each and every caregiver provided. Their soft voices and loving hands helped him go gracefully and with dignity into the next world.”

“CHC was a Godsend for me and my mother. With your help I was able to keep working, provide her with companionship and get her the physical therapy she needed.”

“I’ve been living with primary progressive multiple sclerosis for almost twenty years and CHC volunteer caregivers have allowed me to stay in my own home and live independently. This is a wonderful organization that fills a void in the health care community.”

PARTNERSHIPS WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
OUR FUNDING PARTNERS DONATE TODAY AND HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Your donation is tax-deductable

Your donation enables the CHC office to recruit, train and place volunteers to help those in those most in need in our community, and supports the low-cost in-home care service.