Mission: Our mission is to be a peer guided, supportive and safe place
for those living with Lyme Disease, and their care partners,
sharing strategies and resources for living well.
Results: In 2015 we helped: 345 by phone, 276 via the internet, and made 4 home visits per month. We initiated 2 support groups per month and connected with a local rehabilitation/nursing home as a permanent location to hold these meetings. By establishing a local connection with our clients, we were able to prevent 3 suicide attempts and connect these clients with local support services. By opening our center in January of 2016 we are increasing our reach by having a handicap accessible location with ample parking and close to public transportation.
Target demographics: The Lyme Disease Resource Center's goal is to educate patients and their care partners about tick-borne disease, treatment options, and community resources.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 621 remotely and visited 48 clients
Geographic areas served: Northampton MA
Programs: We accomplish this by providing a local office with a safe and confidential environment in which clients may make informed decisions about treatment and support options. A wide variety of free services are offered providing training and skills to navigate the medical, government and social issues surrounding Lyme disease, as well as holistic therapies for both Lyme patients and their care partners.
Target service recipients are individuals living in Massachusetts with chronic or acute Lyme Disease and/or other tick-borne illnesses and their care partners. Individuals and organizations providing support and services to the Lyme Disease Resource Center, Inc. (LDRC) also may qualify as service recipients. The LDRC offers benefits to an underserved population of individuals dealing with a complicated disease, and the resulting social, physical and economic impact of chronic illness. Target service recipients include, but are not limited to: children, low income individuals, and individuals with limited, or no medical insurance resources. These individuals are guided to available resources in the community, and offered participation in free activities offered by the center: support groups, holistic therapies to provide avenues for healing not provided by traditional medicine and workshops to increase understanding of the issues surrounding chronic and acute health problems.
The Lyme Resource Center has support groups where we can share our stories and learn from each other. Maria, who started the center is working hard to get disabled infected people like myself appointments for things like Reiki , massage, etc that we can't afford. She has helped me look for help paying for prescriptions and find information I needed online. I can't possibly find anything negative to say about this resource . It needs help financially so that as many of us as possible can get all the benefits we can. Thank you.