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Compassionate Care: The Cedar Lake Foundation

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Megan Baird

Founded in 1970 by Louisville-area parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Cedar Lake‘s mission is to offer highly compassionate, capable care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they may experience a life of abundant possibilities.

Cedar Lake offers a multitude of support services including a licensed, adult health program. Residential offerings are available to those who need 24-hour medical care as well as those who need intermittent support and can live independently. They also offer 24-hour staffed residences in the community.

Their support services include, but are not limited to: supported employment, homemaker services, occupational, speech and physical therapies, spiritual life, arts and crafts, case management, behavior support, and psychological services.

Cedar Lake

Kara, our Direct Support Professional, having a meaningful interaction with resident, Mike.

Cedar Lake supports approximately 50 individuals annually, who either lack proper government assitance or do not have family to support their needs. Any financial support you provide, directly helps these individuals get the most out of life.

If you are interested in volunteering, Cedar Lake is always looking for compassionate individuals to join their mission. Contact Patrick Varner, Director of Community Engagement, at (502) 410-6445 or visit their website to fill out a volunteer form.

 

 

Posted in Brackets For Good, Nonprofit Story | Tagged 2015, Louisville, NPO News


Helping People Help Themselves

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Megan Baird

Founded in 1903 in Louisville, Kentucky, Wesley House Community Services is in the business of “helping people help themselves.” They provide childcare, youth and family services, arts integrated programs, bilingual employment and workforce development, healthy foods programs, volunteer income tax assistance, and a gently used clothing store to those in need.

This photo is of a project that was done at Wesley House during the Mayor's Give A Day. Volunteers assisting to install a fence.

This photo is of a project that was done at Wesley House during the Mayor’s Give A Day. Volunteers assisting to install a fence.

If you’re interested in getting involved, Wesley House always needs volunteers to help in the baby room or childcare center as well as their gently used clothing store. Further, they are always looking for new board and committee members, as well as facility advisers. To learn more, visit their website.

Posted in Brackets For Good, Nonprofit Story | Tagged 2015, Louisville, NPO News


The SON Foundation

Posted on February 26, 2015 by Megan Baird

Founded in June 2013 after founder Denise’s friend, Tiffany Thompson, was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, The SON Foundation provides a comfortable, low cost, convenient, Christian home for cancer patients and/or their caregivers to stay during treatments and hospital stays. They help alleviate the burden of finding affordable lodging during a difficult time and create a home away from home for patients and their families.

SON

Currently, their biggest need involves finding professionals to install laminate flooring in the house. Further, they are always looking for new fundraising options to help provide this house for our guests.

If you would like to help, The SON Foundation is always looking for volunteers to help keep the house clean and host fundraisers to complete renovations on the remainder of the house. They currently have two bedrooms and two bathrooms open to guests, with the potential to have an additional three bedrooms and one bathroom available; once they raise the necessary funds, they can complete renovations and be fully open and operational.

 

Posted in Brackets For Good, Nonprofit Story | Tagged 2015, Indianapolis, NPO News


Uncommon Courage: Welcoming Refugees to Indianapolis

Posted on February 25, 2015 by Megan Baird

Every day, millions of courageous persons flee their homelands due to unimaginable persecution. They seek refuge and human rights in other places around the world, including right here in Indianapolis. Exodus Refugee Immigration works with refugees — worldwide victims of persecution, injustice and war — to establish self-sufficient lives in freedom and sanctuary for themselves and their families in Indiana. They provide basic necessities such as housing, food, and clothing, as well as case management, cultural orientation and English classes, employment assistance, and health services for individuals and families starting out in their new lives.

Exodus began in 1981 with the mission to serve the legal needs of immigrants and Cuban refugees, who had arrived as part of the Mariel boatlift in 1980. Since that time, Exodus has helped thousands of refugees establish new lives in Indiana. In 2014, they welcomed 854 new refugees from countries including: Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Bhutan, and Syria.

A family poses on the steps of their new home in an apartment complex.

A family poses on the steps of their new home in an apartment complex.

Currently, their biggest need revolves around financial support to provide extended services to their most vulnerable clients, including single mothers, large families, and trauma victims. They are also in need of household goods to set up apartments for newly arriving refugees, including tables, chairs, couches, pots and pans, cleaning supplies, etc.

If you’re interested in getting involved, there are a number of opportunities, including:

  • Mentoring an individual or family. Helping them learn English, going on fun outings to the zoo or library, practicing driving, and more.
  • Teaching English at one of Exodus’ 16 weekly English classes.
  • Helping setup an apartment for a family.
  • Coordinating a donation drive to provide refugees with winter coats, toiletries, cleaning supplies, kitchen items, school supplies, etc.

Posted in Brackets For Good, Nonprofit Story | Tagged 2015, Indianapolis, NPO News


Peer Support in Action

Posted on February 19, 2015 by Megan Baird

Friend for Life Cancer Support Network’s mission is to help persons recently diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones navigate the path through diagnosis, treatment and recovery by pairing them with a trained survivor of a similar experience so they can face cancer with someone who’s been there.

Cancer can be an incredibly isolating experience. The impact of being able to talk to someone that has not only been through cancer, but the same diagnosis, treatment and is near in age is immeasurable. Research shows this not only improves a person’s outlook but their adherence to treatment and general survival. Additionally, the ripple effect is felt throughout their entire support network of family and friends. It is also incredibly beneficial to the volunteers as they are able to give back in a very meaningful way using their cancer experience.

This picture is of our volunteers, Bev and Kyle, providing support to one another as fellow breast cancer survivors.

This picture is of our volunteers, Bev and Kyle, providing support to one another as fellow breast cancer survivors.

Their biggest need currently is financial. With a staff of 2 part-time employees and 300 volunteers, they need more staffing to be able to grow the organization. Friend for Life has received a 175% increase in requests for support in the past 6 years and they struggle to keep up with the goal of their peer navigator volunteers being in touch with their support seeker within 24 hours.

Giving direct financial support, particularly sustaining support (making an automatic monthly gift) is incredibly helpful.

If you’re interested in getting involved, they are always seeking cancer survivor and caregiver volunteers to provide peer support to those just beginning their journey. You can learn more about that here.

If you aren’t a cancer survivor or caregiver, Friend for Life is always in need of people to spread the word about their support, give financially or to contact them directly about ways that you’d like to be engaged with Friend for Life. Further, you can register your Kroger card to support Friend for Life Cancer Support Network.

Posted in Brackets For Good, Nonprofit Story | Tagged 2015, Louisville, NPO News


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