About Homebridge Training
Homebridge Training's mission is to provide accessible, high-quality training, education and resources for personal care providers and family members who support the elderly and people with disabilities to live independently at home and in the community.
Homebridge Training is a Homebridge program, a nonprofit home care agency with over 400 Home Care Providers who support more than 1,100 elderly and people with disabilities in San Francisco. Homebridge has trained personal caregivers throughout its 25-year history, and officially launched the Homebridge Training program in 2010, with support from the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services.
Our training program is one of the most advanced in the United States. We understand that adults have different educational needs than those of traditional students. We use an adult-centered learning model in all of our training programs, focusing on the learner as an active participant in the learning process. Trainings are provided by experienced trainers, using competency-based materials, and in our state-of-the-art training facilities.
Homebridge Training offers a 48-hour Personal Care Assistant Basic Training course as well as continuing education courses, and our classes are attended by a variety of students, including San Francisco IHSS workers, job seekers, employees of home care agencies, and the Homebridge’s own employees.
SUSAN CHOU Training Specialist
Susan develops and facilitates Homebridge Training’s training programs, including the Personal Care Provider Basic Training course in English and Chinese and specialized training courses. She has over 10 years of teaching experience in elderly community services (Gerontology) at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education. She holds a Masters degree in Education and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the International Examination Board in London. Susan also is a certified baby sign language instructor.
DENNIS GALLEGOS Training Specialist
Dennis develops and facilitates Homebridge Training’s training programs, including the Personal Care Provider Basic Training course and continuing education courses. Dennis has 25 years’ experience working in a variety of health care settings. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from San Jose State University.
MORELA MADRIZ-RAY Training Specialist
Morela develops and facilitates Homebridge Training’s training programs, including the Personal Care Provider Basic Training course and specialized training in paramedical skills. Morela has 13 years’ experience working in a variety of healthcare settings, including as a medical doctor in her native Venezuela. Morela holds an evaluated degree comparable to the U.S. Doctor of Medicine from the University of Carabobo, Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela and is currently completing the necessary requisites to have her medical doctor licensure recognized in the U.S.