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I**** Volunteer for one of our Medical and Humanitarian Missions, or to sponsor a child or woman in Crisis for next year's 2015 holidays by Contacting Us **** ​​We've Grown and Continue to Grow through our VolunteersWhen our team leaves for Barahona in the Dominican Republic on February 13th 2016, they will far exceeded milestones that began in 2012, and will begin the 4th year of operating the medical clinic owned by our D.R. partners to deliver chronic care to children and women in need and making roving home visits to critically ill patients. During 2015, we expanded our mission and built and made operational a well to deliver drinking water to over 100 homes serving over 400 people in families in a remote poor area in the Dominican Republic. Our medical clinics and humanitarian aid reach over 1,000 patients during 2015 alone......and we've reached over 4,000 people in need since 2013. ​We successfully undertook a challenging initiative, operating a medical clinic (clínica médica) to deliver healthcare services to families in an impoverished mountain section of Barahona, Dominican Republic. We took a step further than originally envisioned, and began using an adjoining school house near the clinic to hold educational health and dental care seminars for patients. We established "home visits" for seniors and immobile patients who could not physically make it to the clinic.

 

 

 

 

" Turning Passion for Service and Compassion for People, into Action "
At Home and Afar strives to give back by turning the passion for service and compassion for people, into action. At Home and Afar's all-volunteer organization delivers healthcare and humanitarian services to children, women, men, and families in need nationally and internationally in underprivileged countries, made possible through the generosity of donors. 
Our grass roots network of volunteers share a desire to give back and support those in need. We striver to prevent and alleviate substandard human healthcare and suffering. We promote mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting impacts.

 

 

 

At Home and Afar focuses on its core mission and leverages projects to strengthen our ability to deliver medical and humanitarian efforts.
Here is what has contributed to our constant growth and expanding efforts to help those in need.
Our wonderful team of volunteers and donors who support and complement our initiatives
Partnering with other organizations having common goals, to assist us with carrying out our mission and exceeding our goals and expectations

Partnering with other organizations having common goals, to assist us with carrying out our mission and exceeding our goals and expectations

Extensive planning and research to not just help others, but to seek out where help is needed the most

Valuing diversity and being fortunate to expand our bilingual and multilingual volunteer base

Building on our successes and lessons learned, when seeking out our next missions

Our Network of 
Volunteers & Supporters

Home and Afar's Board of Directors are all hands on volunteers who participate and lead our medical and humanitarian missions as well as ensuring that we focus on executing and expanding our mission and vision. Our leaders demonstrate the insight, qualifications and commitment for charitable endeavors and helping those in need as they serve as a member of the Board of Directors of At Home and Afar Inc

At Home and Afar's Board of Directors are all hands on volunteers who participate and lead our medical and humanitarian missions as well as ensuring that we focus on executing and expanding our mission and vision. Our leaders demonstrate the insight, qualifications and commitment for charitable endeavors and helping those in need as they serve as a member of the Board of Directors of At Home and Afar Inc


How can you Help ? 
We need your help and support !
⦁    Volunteer for a Medical / Humanitarian Mission
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If you are inspired and have the urge to get involved, then volunteer. It's rewarding!

Join one of our medical and humanitarian missions. Missions will prove to be a rewarding and eye-opening experience!  Your skills and talent will add value to one of our teams. Visit our Contact Us webpage, and email to inform us of your interest in volunteering.  

You do not have to be a medical professional or have special skill to volunteer and join one of our teams.  We believe everyone has something to offer!
- Medical professionals: doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners, RNs, LPNs, EMTs, medical
students, optometrists, ophthalmologists, and mental health workers
- Medical support and administrative personnel
- Humanitarian volunteers: you do not have to be a specialist to support our work teams for 
building and construction projects
- High School and College Students: contribute by giving back and embracing providing 
service to others in need

We urge volunteers to participate in obtaining donations to help fund the project activities that will be performed during the trip they take. We hold pre-planning meetings to prep team members.Volunteers pay their own way: transportation, food, lodging, and ground expenses.
If you desire to help, but right now is not the time for you to Volunteer, then:

If you desire to help, but right now is not the time for you to Volunteer, then:
Donate Funds (click here) is an excellent way to help! 
Our teams cannot be successful without your support !
Your generous contributions provide funds for our all-volunteer teams to carry out our mission to give back and help those in need. Significant costs are incurred for medicines, medical supplies, clothing, sporting equipment, and building supplies. At Home and Afar strives to direct every donated dollar toward supplies and materials costs for projects.
⦁    Donate Goods & Sporting Equipment
New clothing, sporting equipment, and other needed items.
⦁    Donate Medical / Dental / Eyecare Supplies and Devices
Please check with us on what we currently need, by visiting our Contact Us webpage (click here) and sending us an email:
- Medical Equipment
- Dental Supplies (toothpaste, tooth brushes, dental training objects
- Eyecare Equipment (Eye Charts, etc.) and Glasses
- Health care educational materials and props
⦁    Adopt Supporting a Disadvantaged Child, Woman, or Family in Crisis Center

If You and your Friends are in high school or college, or find you just have a calling to help others, you or your parents can 
Visit and Like Us on Facebook
or Conntact Us to learn how to HELP or JOIN one of our Teams!
Experiencing the power of giving back to others and seeing how that is a live changing and rewarding experience is powerful.
Get your School and Class Mates involved 
Sponsor raising funds and donations for children and women in abused family shelters. or collect donations or Vitamins for our medical teams.....or Be Creative, and share your ideas
What might you want to do in the future
Many youths how have supported and helped us
⦁    Just wanted to Learn how what it is like to do community service for others? 
⦁    Hope to become an EMT or medical assistant 
⦁    Found it exciting to get themselves, their friends, and their families involved


People in the United States and throughout the world suffer and die every year because they don’t have the most basic necessities freely available to them. 
Help us support them and change that.
We have a simple mission: to give more people in the world better medical care, healthcare awareness education focused on improving and sustaining their health, and adequate clothing, sporting equipment, and clean potable water to drink. While this is a trivial quest in a developing country, without governmental support or social infrastructure, it can be incredibly difficult. 
We aim to help a poor community develop a sustainable, ecological, simple, easy-to-maintain system to get clean drinking water to everyone who needs it.

At Home
Providing for Those with Debilitating Disease
Donating desperately need funds and clothing, and cooking and delivering fresh meals to those with life threatening disease and their families in need of our help and support during difficult times.

Donating Christmas and Holiday Gifts to Families in Crisis in Massachusetts
Through the efforts of our volunteers and generous donors who responded to our plea to "sponsor & adopt" a woman or child enduring the holidays a Families in Crisis center in Massachusetts, we have brought Christmas and holiday gifts and meals to many who would have otherwise gone without during such a special season.
Providing food to local Food Pantries
Over the past few years we have delivered volumes of food to local Food Pantries to help feed struggling. Financial hardships impact families living in both poor and affluent communities. 
Donating New Clothing and Sporting Equipment to those going without 
We have donated to many children and families that would have had to go without.
Donating and supporting Children with Severe Physical Disabilities
Donating funds to allow a child born without a limb to be able to attend camps with other similarly impacted children to learn how to cope and adapt to improve quality of life.

Donating and Raising Funds for victims of Disasters
Through the help of our volunteers and generous donors, we have provided funds and new clothing to families who had lost everything to a devastating affects of Hurricane Sandy and experiencing a fire demolishing their home.

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If You and your Friends are in high school or college, or find you just have a calling to help others, you or your parents can 
Visit and Like Us on Facebook
or Conntact Us to learn how to HELP or JOIN one of our Teams!
Experiencing the power of giving back to others and seeing how that is a live changing and rewarding experience is powerful.
Get your School and Class Mates involved 
Sponsor raising funds and donations for children and women in abused family shelters. or collect donations or Vitamins for our medical teams.....or Be Creative, and share your ideas
What might you want to do in the future
Many youths how have supported and helped us
⦁    Just wanted to Learn how what it is like to do community service for others? 
⦁    Hope to become an EMT or medical assistant 
⦁    Found it exciting to get themselves, their friends, and their families involved

**** Volunteer for one of our Medical and Humanitarian Missions, or to sponsor a child or woman in Crisis for next year's 2015 holidays by Contacting Us **** 

We've Grown and Continue to Grow
When our team leaves for Barahona in the Dominican Republic on February 13th 2016, they will far exceeded milestones that began in 2012, and will begin the 4th year of operating the medical clinic owned by our D.R. partners to deliver chronic care to children and women in need and making roving home visits to critically ill patients.

During 2015, we expanded our mission and built and made operational a well to deliver drinking water to over 100 homes serving over 400 people in families in a remote poor area in the Dominican Republic.  Our medical clinics and humanitarian aid reach over 1,000 patients during 2015 alone......and we've reached over 4,000 people in need since 2013.

​We successfully undertook a challenging initiative, operating a medical clinic (clínica médica) to deliver healthcare services to families in an impoverished mountain section of Barahona, Dominican Republic.  

We took a step further than originally envisioned, and began using an adjoining school house near the clinic to hold educational health and dental care seminars for patients.  

We established "home visits" for seniors and immobile patients who could not physically make it to the clinic.  


Blogs Page
We are very proud of Dr. Patricia Ruze and RN Nancy Todd, 2 of our founding Board of Directors, as they have been deployed for a six week stint to Port Loko, Sierra Leone, West Africa to join volunteer medical teams in the fight against Ebola in the disease-ridden region. Patty and Nancy are embedded in the medical teams of a globally respected volunteer medical organization dedicated to helping those in need and improving health care in poor areas, in line with their own service giving-back focus.
If we receive communications from them, we will post them here. Please click here to send us your comments about the blogs at our Contact Us page, and we will post them to the site.
Please keep them in your thoughts for helping others and for their safe return !


Weds Jan 21, 2015
Biggest message to date, and emphasized today........be careful as safety is first, be flexible, be ready to adapt, and be a team player as many things are developing and in flux and changing all the time.
We found out about a week ago that some initial training and onboarding would occur over a 3-day period at the headquarters of the host globally recognized medical care non-profit organization we have joined for the Ebola medical mission (instead of beginning training in our host country. We went to their headquarters ion Commonwealth Ave in Boston, in the heart of the Boston University area across from the Agganis Arena.
We got to meet the small group of other volunteers that we would be deployed with. A very intelligent, experienced and diverse group of medical professionals flown in from all over the United States.
We'll begin to find out what it in store over the next couple days. We were prepared for an intense 3 days.


​Sat Feb 7, 2015
Dr Ruze and RN Nancy have been extremely busy, and very tired mentally and physically after finishing their work. Hence, the infrequent update this week because there were was only time to convey bits and pieces to us.
For the last week, their work schedules have not been aligned. Dr. Ruze was assigned to work within one of the local hospitals during the daytime. Meanwhile, Nancy has been working directly in the ETUs with the Ebola patients doing the 4 pm to midnight shift some nights, and the midnight to 8 am shifts other nights. So Dr Ruze is asleep when Nancy is working, and vice versa. Also, the encampments are truly camps, with everyone living and sleeping in tents. So, it is difficult to have internet-based phone conversations at night when others are asleep, because the other people can hear everything and they get awakened and do not like that. As mentioned in previous blog entries, the ETU operations are 3 shifts, 24 hours per day.
There is so, so much poverty. The people have a lack of the basics of food and clothing.
There is also so much sickness, pain, and suffering for those affected by the epidemic. Patients range from tiny babies to adults, and sometimes multiple patients in the same families. When working within the ETUs, Dr Ruze and Nancy must wear the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits, just like you have likely seen on American TV. The difference is that American TV coverage of the West African epidemic has subsided, while Dr. Ruze and Patty are plopped right in the middle of area and realize that it is so real, and has not gone away. The weather is around 100's Fahrenheit, but while in the PPE suits it is excrutiatingly hot and oppressive. But the PPEs are a protective must-wear life line. Every time they leave the ETU treatment tents, they must pass through a decontamination stall, and the decontamination process can take ten or more minutes. So if you are at the end of a line or medical workers when leaving the tent, it can take you a long time.
At the end of the work day, the medical team members need to wind down. It is important to take some time after all you have been working in the ETUs, because of all you have experienced.
On a lighter note, Nancy brought give way "gifts" to possibly hand out to locals. Well, se has doled out baseball caps and sunglasses to locals who work in the kitchens and to others, and they are a huge hit. We have not heard what Dr Ruze may have brought.
They thank the many of you who have kept tabs of them through these blogs.....sorry updates are not more frequent. 
One amazing, touching, and never envisioned experience this week. At Home and Afar's main phone contact, David Todd, received 2 phone calls from citizens of Liberia this week. The callers explained the plights and suffering of the poor there, expressing the need and pleading for more help. Expressing that large organizations are in their country as well, but, they are poor and forgotten children, women, and families desperately needing help....heart breaking and gut wrenching, and it has had quite an impact on him this week. ! Our webpage and Facebook pages have had a significant influx of visitors from Sierra Leone and LIberia, across the USA, and from requests for help from Haiti and the Dominican Republic as well.


Sat Feb 1, 2015
Dr Ruze and RN Nancy left the Sierra Leone capital along with their team, and were sent to an initially assigned location within Port Loko. There are numerous medial center centers in operation at this time throughout the area and the country.
They are housed in tents along with the other medical personnel. At their current location they do have reasonable living amenities. Their local time is still 5 hours ahead of our USA EST time (our Noon, is their late afternoon 5 pm).
We need to make readers aware that because they are embedded and partnered with a global volunteer healthcare organization, there are certain constraints associated with confidentiality and PHI (Protected Healthcare Information) which must be adhered to within our Blogs. For those familiar with PHI, you might think of that as "a USA requirement".......but, PHI guidelines extend beyond the USA for their assignment. As a result, in upcoming blog entries, we can only write about specific health care related matters that are deemed appropriate and sent to us by Patty or Nancy.
Smart Phone and PC apps such as Viber and Skype are being used to communicate, though experiencing service interruptions, as well as some people are sending emails to them. The ability to call or write updates, and respond to emails, is intermittent and depends on how tired they are.
Both Patty and Nancy are working very very hard (as are their peer committed volunteers), and will have an opportunity during the upcoming week to determine how their work an doff-work schedules align. 
Readers may or may not be aware that the type of healthcare they are delivering is part of a 24 / 7 operation shared by the entire team.....just like in a typical hospital setting. demanding working multiple shifts to cover the entire day Definitely not a 9 to 5 work day. So, that cooperative commitment and flexibility, to work at times assigned with other team members, is important !
We will continue to provide Blog updates on what their activities and interactions as we hear about them. Updates are intermittent and will lag behind our USA current dates.


Sat Jan 24, 2015
​​Up early, off to Logan Airport Traveling by taxi and car, and the weather was not so great with snow.
OK, it's real, and reality has set in. We are really going. It has been a lengthy process to get this far, but, now we are really going. So much in our minds. Dr. Ruze has many long term medical assignment experiences in her career. Nancy Todd has medical and travel experience. So many thoughts, so many emotions!
But, this mission is different. We are being flexible and must go-with-the flow, as so much that is going on with Ebola is so much still changing, evolving, and fluid within the differing West African countries. We were, like Gumby (for you who are old enough to remember Gumby.......hey, you young ones can use your iPhones and Google it) and will continue to be as safety-focused and flexible as possible as part of the teams that we will be embedded in when we arrive at our final-final destination where the treatment centers will be located. There are several alternatives, and nothing is cast in stone yet.
Get to the airport, and as other team members rolled in (they were picked up at their hotel and came in some type of a commuter van). Interesting, cannot use the machines to get Boarding Passes yourself. Because our final destination is SIerra Leone, West Africa, an airline person must validate both your Passport and your Visa for Sierra Leone. Validated, then, the United Airline Supervisor used her special access card and put it through the machine.....voila, the Boarding Pass pops out.
Typical airline hassles with a mixed up Boarding Pass for one of us, but we will still be seated together for the 1st two flights. Oh, we did not mention, there are a total of 6 or 7 flights (uhgg) to reach our final destination to land in the capital city of Freetown, Sierra Leone sometime late tomorrow afternoon.
We're off first to Newark, NJ, where we will have a 6 hour layover to catch the next flight to Brussels Belgium.
Well, travel delays started already. Weather delayed our departure from Boston, and our arrival in Newark. Good thing we we supposed to have such a long layover in Newark, as getting there late still left us plenty of time to catch our flight to Belgium, which , BTW, was late in departing this evening.


Sat Jan 24, 2015
​​Up early, off to Logan Airport Traveling by taxi and car, and the weather was not so great with snow.
OK, it's real, and reality has set in. We are really going. It has been a lengthy process to get this far, but, now we are really going. So much in our minds. Dr. Ruze has many long term medical assignment experiences in her career. Nancy Todd has medical and travel experience. So many thoughts, so many emotions!
But, this mission is different. We are being flexible and must go-with-the flow, as so much that is going on with Ebola is so much still changing, evolving, and fluid within the differing West African countries. We were, like Gumby (for you who are old enough to remember Gumby.......hey, you young ones can use your iPhones and Google it) and will continue to be as safety-focused and flexible as possible as part of the teams that we will be embedded in when we arrive at our final-final destination where the treatment centers will be located. There are several alternatives, and nothing is cast in stone yet.
Get to the airport, and as other team members rolled in (they were picked up at their hotel and came in some type of a commuter van). Interesting, cannot use the machines to get Boarding Passes yourself. Because our final destination is SIerra Leone, West Africa, an airline person must validate both your Passport and your Visa for Sierra Leone. Validated, then, the United Airline Supervisor used her special access card and put it through the machine.....voila, the Boarding Pass pops out.
Typical airline hassles with a mixed up Boarding Pass for one of us, but we will still be seated together for the 1st two flights. Oh, we did not mention, there are a total of 6 or 7 flights (uhgg) to reach our final destination to land in the capital city of Freetown, Sierra Leone sometime late tomorrow afternoon.
We're off first to Newark, NJ, where we will have a 6 hour layover to catch the next flight to Brussels Belgium.
Well, travel delays started already. Weather delayed our departure from Boston, and our arrival in Newark. Good thing we we supposed to have such a long layover in Newark, as getting there late still left us plenty of time to catch our flight to Belgium, which , BTW, was late in departing this evening.


Weds Jan 21, 2015
Biggest message to date, and emphasized today........be careful as safety is first, be flexible, be ready to adapt, and be a team player as many things are developing and in flux and changing all the time.
We found out about a week ago that some initial training and onboarding would occur over a 3-day period at the headquarters of the host globally recognized medical care non-profit organization we have joined for the Ebola medical mission (instead of beginning training in our host country. We went to their headquarters ion Commonwealth Ave in Boston, in the heart of the Boston University area across from the Agganis Arena.
We got to meet the small group of other volunteers that we would be deployed with. A very intelligent, experienced and diverse group of medical professionals flown in from all over the United States.
We'll begin to find out what it in store over the next couple days. We were prepared for an intense 3 days.
 

 

 

 

 

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