Dear Friends of CaringKind,
I hope you and your family are well and safe during this difficult time. As I close my first year as president and CEO of CaringKind, I am deeply grateful for your support. And as I look back with pride, I ask you to continue or even expand your generosity as we prepare for new challenges.
CaringKind is a small and spirited non-profit with a bold footprint in the five boroughs and beyond. Our mandate is that we carry out our work free of charge.
Here is how you and others allowed us to survive and even grow after our office closed in March 2020:
- Our MedicAlert®Wanderer's Safety Program enrolled more families than ever in a vital safety net to find and retrieve people with dementia prone to wander alone away from home.
- The network of Support Groups grew to almost 90, via telephone conferencing and Zoom.
- Our Helpline staff of trained dementia care specialists fielded more than 7,300 calls to 646-744-2900 from caregivers seeking information, referrals, and guidance.
- Our licensed Social Workers provided one-on-one and family consultations with more than 600 sessions to help families manage caregiver complexities, many of them linked with COVID-19.
- We were able to continue the training of more than 370 Home-Care Workers to become specialized in dementia care in English, Spanish and Chinese.
- We reached out to more than 8,300 Caregivers in African American, Chinese, Latino, and Orthodox Jewish communities. In the process, we learned more about how to tailor assistance for diverse cultures.
- Our Connect2Culture programs were active with our arts and cultural partners despite pandemic restrictions. We were able to offer stimulating virtual tours and experiences for caregiver families by drawing from a rich archive of recordings or Webinars.
Our clients let us know that the support we offered through these programs was life-changing. Here’s a note from one of them.
Dear Stephanie, I truly appreciated connecting with you. Thank you to YOU and the entire team for your support of me as a caregiver. It started with my Beloved Dad and now my Dear Mother. The support is a lifeline. I hope you know how much the work you do saves lives. I could not do this by myself... I am grateful and blessed...
Our staff and board draw energy from many such comments as we face considerable challenges in the near future. Covid-19 has made dementia caregiving so much more difficult. Dementia caregivers are exhausted from the constant stress and worry, isolation, and fear. They tell us that their care recipients are declining quickly from the lack of stimulation and loss of their usual routines. Those in nursing homes are now, finally, able to receive visitors, yet the devastation of Covid has caused lasting trauma for residents and their families. As we respond, we are already restoring and enhancing our early-stage services with a set of evidence-based programs for those with early memory loss or cognitive impairment. We will also be reaching out to individuals with dementia who live alone.
But the collateral damage of the pandemic lingers, and more than ever we ask for your help to meet growing demands and to keep our programs free of charge. We hope that you will consider making a 100% tax-deductible year-end donation.
We recognize that we are living in challenging times. Please know that a gift of any amount would be greatly appreciated and have a healing impact on the caregiver families we serve, however gifts of $250, $500 or $1,000 are especially needed. CaringKind would not be here without you!
On behalf of CaringKind, I wish you a healthy, peaceful, and productive 2022 and thank you for supporting our work today and into the future.
President & CEO
If you need to reach us for any reason, including making a stock donation, please call 646-744-2900.