Contact Claudia Flores to Volunteer
(210) 455 - 6105 Ext. 108
Volunteer Coordinator: Claudia Flores; Court Monitor Coordinator Omar Morales, Court Monitors: Evangeline Rodriguez, Brendan O'Leary and terry Whalen. Purpose
: To visit and assess the condition of individuals who have been placed under a guadianship (wards), in accordance with Sec 1054 of the Texas Estates code. Outcome
: The Probate Court will be provided firsthand information about Wards under is supervisionOverall Outcome:
To ensure the safety of Wads and to ensure that they are not being exploited or abused by others. Responsible for:
- Visits are to be scheduled upon receiving assignments.
- obtaining all information required to fully complete the court monitor report
- completing and signing report form with observations from visit.
- Notifying guardianship staff in a timely manner if there are problems or concerns with assignment.
- Returning time sheet and mileage form (even if in-kind donation) for every visit.
- Ability and desire to work with a wide variety of individuals, including people with significant physical and mental disabilities from different racial, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
- Ability to remain objective and nonjudgmental in making reports to the court
- ability to keep information confidential
- willingness to visit people in their homes, nursing homes, group homes, or other care facilities
- Good communications and listening skills
- Desire to be of service to the most vulnerable in our community.
Orientation and Training
- Own reliable transportation, valid driver's license and car insurance if receiving mileage reimbursement
- Complete a volunteer application and provide references
- pass a criminal background check
- Good moral character and judgement
- Attend orientation and training and shadow a staff member on a court visit.
- Visits should last between 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Minimum commitment of completing assigned visits to complete program hours.
- Court monitors will gain experience working as a court monitor for the probate court.
- Increased knowledge about individuals with a range of mental disabilities such as Alzheimer's, mental illness, intellectual disabilities, or a head injury
- Travel to nursing homes, group homes, foster homes, and/or private homes to learn about various treatment and care settings