History

Duet promotes health and well-being through a broad range of community-based services to homebound adults, caregivers, faith communities, and grandparents raising grandchildren. We bring together compassionate people, congregations, and organizations to improve life for others.

Duet was founded in 1981 by The Reverend Dr. Dosia Carlson and Church of the Beatitudes. Dosia envisioned innovative solutions to pressing community needs. She collaborated with other like-minded partners to bring this vision to fruition. We respond to pressing needs that are not being met through other organizations. Duet was the first in the Valley to offer free-of-charge volunteer services for homebound adults, as well as comprehensive services for family caregivers and grandparents raising grandchildren. Duet introduced the concept to the Phoenix area of congregational health programs led by faith community nurses.

From the beginning the concept has been to be an interfaith organization, and today over 200 churches and synagogues partner with Duet. Congregations encourage their members to volunteer, and also refer members and others to Duet to receive health and aging services. Many other businesses, non-profit organizations, municipalities, and government organizations also collaborate to improve quality of life for older adults and family caregivers throughout the community.

Duet exists because caring partners dedicate time and funding to change lives. Over 1,000 volunteers help fulfill Duet’s mission.

Major funding partners in Duet’s development include Shamrock Foods Company; the Flinn Foundation; the Area Agency on Aging, Region One; The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Church of the Beatitudes and the Beatitudes Campus; St. Luke’s Health Initiatives; the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust; the Arizona Community Foundation; the Season for Sharing Campaign championed by 12 News/The Arizona Republic; the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust; and the Board of Visitors.

The need for Duet’s services continues to grow. We will continue our leadership role in providing compassionate help to people throughout the Valley through strong community partnerships along with dedicated volunteers and supporters.