Recently at an event, a working caregiver stopped by our STC table. Intuitively, I sensed that this particular woman was truly in desperate need of help. At first she was reluctant to engage in much conversation and was readying herself to walk away. So I took a chance and looked into her eyes and asked “can I give you a hug?” It was that hug that blew open the dam. “I’m so overwhelmed. I’ve been taking care of both my mother and my father for over 15 years. My sister is of no help.” It was also clear that a lot of time had gone by since anyone had asked her how she was doing or took the time to listen to the enormous responsibilities she was carrying. This tiny demonstration of concern cracked open a door to a discussion with her about self-care, asking for help and how STC works.
Every day the number of caregivers is increasing and they NEED to know about STC. Our grassroots, evidence-informed model continues to prove its effectiveness as a compassionate solution to help caregivers everywhere. It is one of the most rewarding solutions to the caregiving crisis especially since STC gives novice caregivers a way to learn how to be a caregiver in the company of others, many of whom may be veteran caregivers.
We Need Your Support. There are important conferences we need to attend, STC materials to be developed and printed and STC books purchased to send to individuals and organizations that can raise the visibility of our cause. Funds can help us enlist the services needed to do a webinar, for tech support, and to work on developing collaborations. It is also critical to have funds available when opportunities strike. We have requests for a Spanish and French edition of STC and are seeking publishers in other countries. Do you know any?
If you have never made a donation to ShareTheCaregiving, Inc. before, please make this the year you start.
If you are part of an STC group, or are helped by one, please reflect on your experience and the value of having a ready-made plan to organize and sustain your group. We need you to TAKE ACTION NOW to back our work generously this year. A meaningful tax-deductible donation of $100, $500 or $1,000 or more would help sustain our efforts.