ORG-Samaritan-V2 The Care Teams Program developed as an outgrowth of MAPS (Multifaith AIDS Project of Seattle) Housing Program in order to provide practical and emotional support to individuals who were independently housed.  This volunteer-based program was developed in the early 1990's and continues to make a significant difference among the under-served and isolated living with HIV/AIDS in the Seattle area.

Many living with HIV/AIDS have benefited from new medical treatments, others continue to live with debilitating side effects from potent medications, along with isolation, stigma, and fear.  As part of our compassionate response, Samaritan Center of Puget Sound recruits and trains volunteers to work with those in these situations.

CareTeams a Program of Samaritan Center offer people from all walks of life a common volunteer experience by providing a network of practical, social and emotional support to people living with HIV/AIDS.  Both volunteers and CarePartners (clients) express tremendous benefits through their involvement with CareTeams

A CareTeam is a group of 4 - 7 trained volunteers that support a person or household affected by HIV/AIDS. Volunteers come to the program as individuals or might be based out of civic groups, academic institutions, spiritual communities, or the community at large. Our volunteers range in age from 18 to 85 and represent diverse cultural backgrounds, belief systems, and life experiences. Working as a team, each volunteer can make a difference in the life of a person with HIV/AIDS although her/his individual time commitment may be limited. Together we accomplish more collectively than any of us would working on our own.

Each CareTeam is matched with an individual or household living with HIV/AIDS referred to as a CarePartner. CareTeam members form relationships with their CarePartner and do the things compassionate friends do. CareTeam activities depend on the needs of the CarePartner and abilities of the volunteer. At the core, CareTeams build supportive relationships with their CarePartners by listening to them, offering encouragement, renewing interest in life, and establishing meaningful personal connections.  www.samaritanps.org