Home By Choice
Woman sitting in a wheelchair enjoying a cup of coffee and video chatting

Program Description​

Home By Choice (HBC) is an initiative funded by the Texas Health and Human Services that creates a pathway to community-based living for those who no longer wish to reside in a nursing home.  Volar’s HBC Team has years of experience assisting people with disabilities move into their own apartment or with loved ones.  There are various community-based supports that are offered through this program:

Two keys and a housecharm on a key chain

Housing

(apartment, home,  with relatives)

Clipart of four cardboard moving boxes

Moving Expenses

(moving, deposit, household items)

Sun Metro Lift Bus with lowered wheelchair lift

Transportation

(fixed route, paratransit)

Woman utilizing a wheelchair stands next to her care provider who is holding a sign that reads "we are all human"

Personal Assistant Service

Female nurse checking a woman's vitals

Nursing Services

Physical Therapist Stretching a patient's leg

Therapy Services

(physical, occupational, psychological, speech)

Image displaying various medical equipment including walker, wheelchair, oxygen tanks, hospital bed and a shower bench

Medical Durable Equipment

(wheelchairs, walkers, adjustable beds)

Person installing wood flooring

Minor Home Modifations

(widening doors, flooring, plumbing)

Three medicine bottles

Prescriptions

HBC Team

Irene Alvarez

Relocation Specialist

Education: Bachelor of Science in Human Services  

Experience: Pasodale Elementary School Library Assistant

Visiting Nurse Association and Outreach Health Services Personal Care Assistant  (provided total care for my brother who had Paraplegia)

Social Security Administration Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach Specialist

Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Division for Blind Services Life Skills Coordinator

Department of Housing and Urban Development Fair Housing Outreach Program  Fair Housing Program Coordinator

Working at Volar for 17 years and assisting people with disabilities for 35 years

Interests: Reading inspirational and mystery books, Choir, Karaoke and family gatherings

Favorite Quote: “Live Simply and Remain Grateful” – Anonymous

Christina Ohnmacht,, Relocation Specialist Assistant

Christina Ohnmacht

Relocation Specialist Assistant

Education: Medical Assistant Diploma

Experience:  Two years with Volar CIL

Interests: Watching Dodgers games and spending time with my kids

Favorite Quote:: In a world where you can be anything, be kind. 

Woman sitting in a wheelchair enjoying a cup of coffee and video chatting

Home By Choice

Program Description

Home By Choice (HBC) is an initiative funded by the Texas Health and Human Services that creates a pathway to community-based living for those who no longer wish to reside in a nursing home.  Volar’s HBC Team has years of experience assisting people with disabilities move into their own apartment or with loved ones.  There are various community-based supports that are offered through this program:

Two keys and a housecharm on a key chain

Housing (apartment, consumer's own home, or with relatives)

Clipart of four cardboard moving boxes

Moving Expenses (moving, deposit, household items)

Sun Metro Lift Bus with lowered wheelchair lift

Transportation (fixed route, paratransit)

Woman utilizing a wheelchair stands next to her care provider who is holding a sign that reads "we are all human"

Personal Care Assistance

Female nurse checking a woman's vitals

Nursing Services

Physical Therapist Stretching a patient's leg

Therapy (physical, occupational, psychological, speech)

Image displaying various medical equipment including walker, wheelchair, oxygen tanks, hospital bed and a shower bench

Medical Durable Equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, adjustable beds)

Person installing wood flooring

Minor Home Modifications (widening doors, flooring, plumbing)

Three medicine bottles

Prescriptions

HBC Team

Irene Alvarez

Home By Choice Relocation Specialist

Education: Bachelor of Science in Human Services  

Experience: Pasodale Elementary School Library Assistant, Visiting Nurse Association and Outreach Health Services Personal Care Assistant 

(provided total care for my brother who had Paraplegia), Social Security Administration Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach Specialist, 

Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Division for Blind Services Life Skills Coordinator, Departmentof Housing and Urban 

Development Fair Housing Outreach Program  Fair Housing Program Coordinator, Working at Volar for 17 years and assisting people

with disabilities for 35 years

Interests: Reading inspirational and mystery books, Choir, Karaoke and family gatherings

Favorite Quote: “Live Simply and Remain Grateful” – Anonymous

Christina Ohnmacht,, Relocation Specialist Assistant

Christina Ohnmacht

Relocation Specialist Assistant

Education: Medical Assistant Diploma

Experience:  Two years with Volar CIL 

Interests: Watching Dodgers games and spending time with my kids

Favorite Quote: In a world where you can be anything, be kind.