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Direct Care

Be a Direct Care Professional!

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona is helping individuals interested in being a direct care professional succeed in training, job placement, and job longevity.

  • Do you like doing work that has the potential to make a difference in someone’s life?
  • Are you seeking a career with growth opportunities?
  • Do you feel that when you are older, you would want someone to be there to help you if you needed help?

Becoming a Direct Care Professional with the help of United Way will give you the opportunity to:

  • Provide support for those most in need
  • Receive FREE caregiver training
  • Develop new professional skills
  • Advance your career
  • Make a difference in the lives of others


All interested individuals should fill out the form above or contact program manager, Madeline Guyott, directly through United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.

What the Program Covers for you

Cover the cost of pre-employment requirements including TB test, Fingerprint Clearance Card, and CPR/First Aid, and any other requirements that may come up. (Average Cost is $250 or more)

Sponsor candidates for the Direct Care Worker Training Course: a 24 hour course where you will learn the fundamentals of caregiving, how to take care of seniors, or people living with disabilities, and have an opportunity to test your skills. Upon completion, you will be added to the AHCCCS Database that will verify your qualifications and training throughout the state of Arizona ($150 cost covered by our program).

Free professional development and job readiness opportunities such as interview preparation, resume building, obtaining references, and more.)

Help get you a job through collaboration with our partner agencies.

Maintain long-term support for you after your hired including a monthly support group and Dementia Friends training.

Training Program Timeline

The training program can take as little as one-week to complete the pre-employment requirements and apply to an agency. Our goal is to get candidates job ready and hired by an agency within one month of starting the program.

What do Direct Care Workers do once they're hired?

Direct Care Workers work in long-term care client’s homes, providing essential, non-medical support with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). ADLs represent key life tasks that people need to manage to be independent and live at home. Clients want to be cared for in their own homes and seniors in our community deserve to “age in place”. Direct Care Worker’s may help clients with personal hygiene, meal preparation, light housekeeping, pet care, errands, and transportation.