India Home a Center forSenior Care India home is anon-profit organization based in Jamaica Queens, started in 2007 to help SouthAsian seniors regardless of religion, socioeconomic status, or country oforigin. The mission of India Home is to “improve quality of life of SouthAsian seniors through convenient social services.” India Home helps immigrantsouth Asian seniors by providing ESL classes, citizenship preparation, socialservices, health education, and spiritual services in a culturally sensitiveenvironment.
At India home seniors find community through diverse range ofprogram and activities, from, expert-led community education health andwellness program, congregate meal program, case management, recreationalactivity, advocacy program, and awareness campaigns. Seniors at India home alsoexpress their culture and festival by singing, dancing and art. Being part of India Homeas an intern, my main role was community outreach, need assessment datacollection, data input and data cleanup. I also got chance to be a part of casemanagement and focus group team to help South Asian seniors. As India Home is non-profit organization, volunteeringof valuable people plays essential role in the function of organization. Thisinternship provides with opportunity to gain upscale work experience andknowledge through innovation and improvement at India Home. The main project to becarried out during the internship between September 2017 to November 2017 wascommunity outreach and need assessment data collection. I started my internshipby little training on focus of research.
At first, it was difficult to approachthe aim. Filling twenty-two pages of data which contains research question ofdemographic, mental health, diet, and transportation was difficult but not hardto reach. Part of need assessment requirement my goal was complete approximatelythree hundred need assessment data of seniors from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh,Sri lanka, Afghanistan, Guyana and Trinidad. Many of participant seniors were unableto understand English, but having same cultural background I was able to helpseniors to fill the data by translation.
My duties are followed by impute surveydata in to data base and clean up data to make sure that it records correctly. My supervisor, Lakshman Kalaspudi,is the Deputy Director of India Home since 2010I consider myself lucky to havehad him as my supervisor, since he would always find time for my questions,listen my opinions and be willing to help me anytime. I always found him dedicated, punctual, calm,honest, enthusiastic, and down to earth personality. In addition, there weremore people who played important role during my internship, including Maria Gurung,one of my colleague who I was working with on a daily basis. This position has showedme how to conduct myself in corporate setting and some important skills I needto adopt at corporate America. The internship program at India Home encouragedme to step out of my comfort zone and become more responsible. I also builtgood connection and quality of relationship with people at India Home.
From themoment, I started my internship at India Home, I learned a lot. It wasfascinating to communicate with seniors. Even though they were stranger to us, theyopened up and express all their life experiences. This helped me realize the problemswe all can face when we get older.