Sewa International Holds First Annual Family Services Conference in Houston

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HOUSTON: From Oct 31 to Nov 1, Houston Chapter of Sewa International hosted first National Family Services Conference which was attended by nearly 40 participants from 9 different cities in USA, including medical doctors, family counsellors and other volunteers.

Family Services is the Flagship program for Sewa International USA. At present, the program has been running successfully in Houston for the past two years. Sewa International is now planning to expand this program to other cities. Sewa’s Family services program has three main dimensions, Emergency Services, Educational workshops and Health and Wellness Initiatives like Stop Diabetes Movement using Yoga.

This workshop was designed to educate the volunteers about the scope and breadth of Family services and Family Emergency services in particular. The key speaker at the conference was Girish Mehta. He is the founder of Boston-based nonprofit ICC ( Indian Circle of Caring ). ICC, over its existence of over eight years, has helped many clients during times of death, bereavement, illness and hospitalization and providing them an extended network of support. With an open discussion and exchange of ideas, it was a great learning session for all the delegates.There was also a useful discussion of a topic that is often overlooked by our community, and that is the important decision of making a Living will (Health Care Proxy) and the Five Wishes program.

The program provided guidance to the attendees on how they could start the programs in their cities. The Houston team also shared their experience on the different types of cases they handled and potentially could be reported in other cities.

In all it was a well attended and very useful workshop for all the attendees. The delegates not only learned a lot about the Emergency Services but also had the chance to experience the hospitality of the Houston team.

Sewa International leads the way by providing service above self and Family services programs epitomizes that!

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