Connections That Matter Most

There was a time, not too long ago, when those suffering from life-altering illness were unconditionally supported by their families, friends, and surrounding communities. Support systems would swiftly wrap around the ailing, assisting them with their daily tasks, keeping them company so they didn’t feel isolated and scared.

Now, in a time when families are more dispersed than ever before and when personal connection is fading into the background, people confronting diseases like Cancer and HIV/AIDs find themselves alone and unable to carry out the most basic daily tasks. The things that were once easy and effortless quickly becomes exhausting, if not impossible.

That’s where Care Communities steps in. We link those in need with our Care Volunteers who provide the emotional nourishment and practical support they need to live a full life.

So if you, or someone you know and love, is fighting a serious illness without a strong support system, Care Communities wants you to know that you don’t have to be alone. Care Communities recruits and trains teams of volunteers who provide non-medical, practical, and emotional support to forge the connections that matter most.

Meet Our Staff

Mary Gatlin Hearon – Executive Director/Development Director

Responsible for planning, implementing, and meeting contributed income goals for the organization, including major donor giving, grants, electronic and direct mail appeals, and overseeing and implementing special events. Mary has over 25 years of accomplishments in non-profit organizational leadership, fund development, organizational systems and operations, program development and evaluation, community coalition building, and direct services program delivery. Mary received her master’s degree in counseling and child development from Texas Woman’s University. Mary joined Care Communities in August 2016.

Mary Hearon | 512-459-5883 x 705 | mary@carecommunities.org

Jim Anderson – Program Director

Responsible for general management of all Care Communities social service programs. These programs include the care teams, care match, and health care facility visitation. This position supervises program statistics and outcome measures as well as direct client service managers. James brings 25 years of social work and project management experience. He recently moved to Austin from California where he managed multiple-system improvement efforts focused on improving outcomes and eliminating racial disparities in the California child welfare system. James received his master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin. James joined Care Communities in July 2016.

Jim Anderson | 512-459-5883 x 704 | jim@carecommunities.org

Z Blair – Care Manager

Z is a native of Los Angeles but has lived in Texas since 1983. Z received her BA in Social Work from St. Edward’s University in 2008 and earned her MSW as a graduate student at Texas State University-San Marcos. She is happy to be able to serve our community as part of the wonderful team at Care Communities. Z shares her life with her husband Jeffrey and their Labrador/Red Heeler mix Saffron. She loves traveling, organic gardening, being a volunteer and is invested in the arts; visual, audible and performance of all distinctions.

Z Blair, MSW | 512-459-5883 x 706 | zblair@carecommunities.org

Esther Camacho-Care Manager

Esther was born and raised in Alpine, Texas and moved to Austin via El Paso, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas, El Paso with a BBA and a secondary teaching certification in Business Education. Esther moved to Austin after retiring from education as a high school counselor and secondary education. She began her career with the Texas Education Agency as the Trade & Industrial Education Director under Career & Technical Education. She served on many state and national education organizations and was the Texas Corporate member on the National Skills USA student organization. She holds a Masters in Education and another in Occupational Training and Development.

Esther Camacho | 512-459-5883 x 709 | esther@carecommunities.org

Roger Temme, M. Div.-Outreach Manager

Roger Temme| 512-459-5883 x 702 | rtemme@carecommunities.org

Leah Petts-Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Leah Petts | 512-459-5883 x 701 | leah@carecommunities.org

Join Our Team


Employment Opportunities

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Internship Opportunities

Our Internship program gives students, in multiple areas of academic studies, access to high quality work experiences, mentorship, and supervised direct contact with clients.

Social Work: MSW and BSW students earn credit hours under the supervision of our Social Work Manager. Hours count towards the completion of a Field Practicum.
Communications: Communications students learn to convey the mission of a nonprofit agency. They use the tools of marketing, including social media, press releases, website updates, traditional mailers, graphic design, etc.
Development: Students interested in sales, event planning, and nonprofit development get hands-on learning by raising funds, planning events, and networking, i.e., by cultivating relationships rooted firmly in the values of TCC.
If you are interested in becoming an intern, please call 512-459-5883 or email us.