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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.

  • The Direct Care Workforce has the largest anticipated growth of any job sector in the country. Enroll today to join a rewarding profession with long-term security and opportunities for advancement.
  • 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:

  • Receive financial and personal support in obtaining pre-employment requirements
  • FREE quality First Aid/CPR, caregiver and infection control training
  • Receive ongoing mentorship, networking and peer support
  • 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 us directly, by emailing or calling 520-903-3913.

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. Click here to see each step you will take.

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.

What is the difference between Direct Care Professionals and Certified Caregivers

Direct Care Workers are nonmedical in-home support staff that help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Certified Caregivers are specially trained to provide medical support and can work in assisted living facilities. This program helps individuals specifically to become a Direct Care Professional.

Your Path to Employment