Palliative Care Volunteer Training Program


Lessons for Living. A Training for Life.

Seniors at Home, a division of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, provides support to older adults and people of all ages who have serious or chronic illness, or are at the end of their lives. Our Palliative Care team helps people remain in their homes as long as possible and provides them with the information, care, and services that they need.

Our community of specially trained Palliative Care Volunteers are a key part of that team, playing a vital role in the lives of JFCS’ Seniors At Home clients and their families.

As a Palliative Care Volunteer, you will:

  • Provide supportive volunteer services to people in need—from simply sitting at a bedside quietly to sharing tea and a story to running an errand or making a meal.
  • Provide respite for family members in need of a short break from their caregiving responsibilities.
  • Become part of an inspirational community of volunteers and clinicians dedicated to attending to people of all ages with serious illness and those who are at the end of life.
  • Gain skills and knowledge necessary to provide compassionate service to clients of JFCS’ Seniors At Home as well as to your own friends, neighbors and loved ones.
  • Gain valuable insights about life and death

To become a Palliative Care Volunteer, you’ll need:

  • An open heart and mind
  • A willingness to explore your own mortality
  • The ability to show up, be present and communicate clearly
  • To commit to 4 – 8 hours/month as a volunteer
  • To commit to monthly support group/educational sessions with our Palliative Care community for one year following training


“I’m so grateful that I can help another human being, just by being with them.”


Upcoming Trainings

A training is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2020. More information to come.

How the Training Works

Our Palliative Care Volunteer Training sessions takes place over four full days (two Fridays and two Sundays). We require that you make a commitment to the full training. All training sessions are at Jewish Family and Children’s Services, 2150 Post Street, San Francisco and food is provided.

The fee for this training is $360. Scholarships are available for anyone who intends to volunteer.


After training, you are matched with an individual living in your local area. Your visits will be weekly for 1 – 2 hours, based on need and availability.

Monthly volunteer meetings: New volunteers are required to attend our monthly volunteer meetings during their first year in the program. These meetings provide continuing education and support in the context of our larger Palliative Care volunteer community.

How to Apply

To apply, you must complete an application form. All applicants will be invited to our local office for an individual interview. We will be in touch with you directly to arrange your interview time. Applications are due Friday, October 11th.

With any questions about the training program or the application process, please contact Rabbi Daniel Isaacson at [email protected].

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