“I feel good about being a little part of Casey House. There’s sickness around and you know that some people won’t make it, but we always manage to have a laugh. I like knowing I have something to give, even if it’s only holding a hand and making someone smile. Or saying hello and remembering a name. To acknowledge the simple fact that they are there. It might take time, but eventually, you’ll see someone’s eyes light up when they see you coming. It’s just glorious.”
A trained volunteer who works with Casey House’s skilled interprofessional staff, Joan reaches out to isolated residents, drawing them out to movie nights or bingo games. She also frequently accompanies them to medical appointments, providing mobility assistance and support throughout the many frustrating tests and treatments that come with advanced HIV/AIDS.