The Johns Hopkins Gazette: May 1, 2000
May 1-7

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Hospice Volunteer Opportunities -- Johns Hopkins Home Hospice is a nonprofit home hospice program serving patients in the Baltimore metropolitan area. The hospice, which provides support to patients and families during the end stages of a terminal illness, is seeking volunteers to work in a variety of capacities. Volunteers are needed for direct patient service, bereavement care and administrative/office support; training is provided.

The next volunteer training and orientation program will begin in June. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Jean McHale at 410-288-4692.

WORKlife Discussion Groups -- The purpose of these discussion groups is to provide information and support to members of the Hopkins community, in East Baltimore and on the Homewood campus, who share mutual interests. Here is a list of the current available groups:

A new group led by psychologist Michael Heitt explores key issues related to being a father in today's society. The group meets on the East Baltimore campus.

This group provides mutual aid, support and information sharing on topics experienced by working caregivers of ill and elderly relatives. Meetings are held on both the East Baltimore and Homewood campuses.

Gay and Lesbian Support Network
This group explores the issues related to being gay, with special emphasis on the challenges of being gay in the workplace. Mutual support provides members with an opportunity to feel less isolated. The group meets only on the Homewood campus.

Separated or Divorced Men and Women
This new group will meet to provide support and information about the challenges associated with separation and divorce. The group meets on both the East Baltimore and Homewood campuses.

Black Parenting
Members of this group explore issues related to raising children within the black community. The group meets on both the East Baltimore and Homewood campuses.

Positive Parenting of Young Children and Teens
Led by parenting expert Percilla Lynch, the group will identify ways to discipline, avoid power struggles and parent children of all ages using positive approaches and techniques. The group meets on the East Baltimore campus.

Staff support is provided by WORKlife Programs. Decisions regarding speakers and other activities are made by the group. Groups may be formed on any campus; a minimum of 10 people must be preregistered to start a group. Preregistration is required. The dates and time of group meetings will accommodate the schedules and needs of group members to the extent possible.

For more information on the office of WORKlife Programs' discussion groups, call 410-516-4209.

Mitochondria Research Society -- Volunteers are needed to assist in the activities of the Mitochondria Research Society, a newly formed organization established to deal with new and emerging diseases of the mitochondria. For information, call 410-614-5128.