Taos Elders is a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation primarily to coordinate Member requests for service with Volunteers who offer to provide service. In addition, we organize regular programs for members — both volunteers and elders.
We will provide Members with services that our Volunteers are able and willing to do. Here is a description of the services that we offer.
We provide services to our Members at no additional cost. (For transportation out of Taos we ask the Member to reimburse the driver for direct expenses.)
These are the services that Taos Elders and Neighbors Together (TENT) will offer. Availability of a service depends on having a volunteer available at the time you need it.
We will take requests Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, a week in advance, more for distant travel.
Phoning an elder to check in regularly
This is simply calling one (or more) members on a regular (daily, weekly, etc) basis. The idea is to give the member more human contact and to make sure that member does not need anything that we can provide or arrange.
It will help TENT to report back to us on how well these contacts are going, even if they are going well. Or you might need to find a replacement volunteer.
Note: Those services shown below are limited to 3 per week.
Transportation (driving shopping, appointments, etc.)
Pick up the member at residence. (This may require finding the residence. Report any physical, map, or GPS problems, so we can improve the description, if needed.) Deliver the member to the desired destination. Arrange for pickup time to return home.
For distant trips (generally medical appointments) the member is asked to reimburse the driver for expenses. Santa Fe - $20, Albuquerque - $40, Espanola - $15.
This may involve, for example, helping the member with shopping.
Social – Home Visit
Visit the member in member home. Provide social contact.
Library services or read books to elders
Some of our members have poor eyesight and cannot read any longer. TV service is limited in Taos Valley. Thus we offer to go to a member residence and read to them. This may involve selecting or suggesting reading material.
Relieve care givers
Stay with a member to allow regular care-giver a brief respite.
May include occasional deep cleaning of kitchen or bathroom.
Occasional pet care
This is generally short-term, and often involves either feeding a pet or walking a dog.
An example: the member has broken an arm and cannot control the dog on a leash. The volunteer may walk the dog and the member together.
Simple home repairs or Handyman
Meet with resident and determine the extent of work. Assess liability issues and refer to Habitat for Humanity for larger or more risky tasks. Generally change light bulbs, fix minor plumbing leaks, etc.
Simple yard and garden tasks
Occasional cleanup, such as raking, mowing (if member is temporarily unable), etc. Watering plants indoors and outdoors. Shovel snow.
Avoid regular yard maintenance, such as mowing.
Help with computers and other technology
Train members to better use their computer, tablet, or telephone. Make minor configuration adjustments. Check for malware.
TENT Service Area
- Geographic area served
- Target market
Taos has a large, historic Hispanic population as well as an immigrant Hispanic population and an immigrant population of retirees from many other states, including Texas. Many of the younger generations have left Taos to seek work elsewhere.
- Market survey
Taos town has 5700 residents as of 2010 but the official town area is only 5.7 square miles, while the county area is 22,000 square miles. The geographically large Taos county has 33,000 residents, but most of these are too distant for us to serve. As of 2015, 23% of these were over 65 years of age, 36% are white, 7% Pueblo, and 56% Hispanic, and 6% were foreign born.
Taos and suburbs is roughly the population we could serve, including these census block groups as shown on the map above and in the table below:
Within the town 38% speak a language other than English in the home (but most are bilingual). 86% have completed high school and about 30% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Median household income (2010-14) is $32,000 with 22% in poverty.