BENEFITING: CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES OF WASHTENAW COUNTY
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something, and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something." Helen Keller
“John is not okay and needs help”
Cindy and her husband John, were living abroad when she was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. As the disease progressed, they returned to Michigan to be closer to friends and family for support. Cindy’s symptoms continued to worsen and Cindy lost nearly all of her motor skills. Cindy now requires around the clock care. Cindy and John’s grown children stepped up to help; however, there were still gaps. Signs of stress and fatigue were beginning to show on John. Cindy was worried about her husband. Despite her debilitating illness, Cindy managed to email her daughter using only a few words “John is not okay, and needs help”.
Keeping Cindy at home and finding respite for John was important to the family. After searching resources in the area, the family found the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Program (IVCP) of Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County (CSSW). After a couple meetings, Cindy and John were matched with an IVCP volunteer for a few hours a week. Now, John has the extra support he needs and Cindy has the joy of spending time with a new friend.
November is National Family Caregivers Month and also kicks off the Season of Giving! Please join me as I raise money for “Keeping Mom and Dad at Home”, a fundraising effort to support the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Program of CSSW.
Money raised for “Keeping Mom and Dad at Home” is a fund that will go directly to the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Program established through the Respite Program affiliated with Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County (CSSW).
CSSW has been serving the seniors in our community for more than 50 years. Last year the Respite Program (Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Program) provided respite services for 22 caregivers at $1250 per year, for each caregiver. My goal of raising $10,000 will help expand this program to provide a year of respite service for an additional 8 caregivers.
My name is Cathy Cedar; I am a Nurse Case Manager fundraising for “Keeping Mom and Dad at Home” a program that will allow our seniors to age with love, dignity and feeling safe in their own homes.
Thank you in advance for your donation; each and every one of you is making a difference in the lives of many. I thank you all from my heart.
This project is also supported by the Self Expression and Leadership Program, part of the Curriculum for Living series offered by Landmark Worldwide.