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

Tanya Harrison

Relocation Specialist Assistant

Education: high school graduate

enrolled in El Paso Community College’s Business Management Associates Degree Program

enrolled in electrical wiring courses at local trade school

Experience:  Walmart Associate

Child Day Care Assistant

Navajo Nation Housing Assistant

eight years working and volunteering at Volar CIL. My awareness of disability rights and independent living flourished when I began volunteering at Volar CIL.  The need to give back to my community and help as many people as I can  is one of my strongest passions. 

Interests: I enjoy spending time with my family and providing assistance to anyone in need.

Disability: Arthritis

Favorite Quote: Every struggle in your life has shaped you into the person you are today. Be thankful for the hard times, they can only make you stronger – Keanu Reeves

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

Tanya Harrison

Relocation Specialists Assistant

Education: high school graduate, enrolled in El Paso Community College’s Business Management Associates Degree Program,

enrolled in electrical wiring courses at local trade school

Experience:  Walmart Associate, Child Day Care Assistant, Navajo Nation Housing Assistant, and eight years working and volunteering at Volar

CIL. My awareness of disability rights and independent living flourished when I began volunteering at Volar CIL.  The need to give back to my

community and help as many people as I can  is one of my strongest passions. 

Interests: I enjoy spending time with my family and providing assistance to anyone in need.

Disability: Arthritis

Favorite Quote: Every struggle in your life has shaped you into the person you are today. Be thankful for the hard times, they can only make you

stronger – Keanu Reeves