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Calcutta House Charity Profile
Calcutta House exists to serve the most fragile people with AIDS and to support the self-empowerment of each person to live as fully as their situation permits.
We provide supportive housing with services responsive to the individual: those who are dying, those who are able to rebuild their lives and move on to independence, and those who will continue to require the assistance of supportive housing.
We work with each person to progress towards his/her potential and to achieve attainable and realistic goals.
Calcutta House Volunteer Information
General Volunteering Policies
There are no major restrictions for volunteering at Calcutta House. We do not ask for references, but we require that all volunteers sign a confidentiality form to protect residentís privacy. We generally accept volunteers who are 18 years of age and over (we occasionally have opportunities for high school juniors and seniors.) Experience working with people with HIV/AIDS is a plus, but not a requirement. Being a relatively small organization, we have limited volunteer opportunities at any given time, but we are always willing to give tours, explore future volunteer possibilities or refer someone to another agency with a volunteer program.
Calcutta House was founded by volunteers (Missionary Brothers of Charity) and was staffed maintained by volunteers for quite some time before it had a paid staff. In fact, our former executive director, Sr. Joanne Whitaker, began as a volunteer at Calcutta House and was instrumental in turning a grass roots organization into a professionally staffed, model facility. Volunteers have been and continue to be a vital part of our mission here at Calcutta House.