Mission: Our mission is to provide immediate and ongoing peer support to families of children with cancer. Our programs are designed to provide families with everyday essentials to ease the burden of hospitalization, facilitate research and communication with family and friends, brighten a sick child's room, and generally support the family through the difficult days following a cancer diagnosis.
Programs: Bags of love: provides a care package to families in the hospital on the day their child is diagnosed with cancer. Bags include toiletries, meal & parking vouchers, journal, purple pages-a resource guide, toy for child, blanket. We gave out 107 bags which provided comfort and valuable resources.
lifeline emergency funds provide financial assistance to families by giving gas and grocery cards as well as paying creditors directly for outstanding bills, these are capped at 1,500 annually. The hospital staff recommends families. We helped 133 households and 532 individuals ease the financial burdens they were facing.
art from the heart gives a child a home bedroom makeover which includes paint, linens, curtains and some furniture. Most of the work is done by high school volunteers. 13 rooms were completed and we were able to provide a distraction and cheer up these children. Children are selected by lottery.
holiday program provides gifts to children who are in the hospital on halloween and valentines day. We also distributes gifts to mothers and fathers who are spending mother's day and father's day in the hospital with their children. Helped 112 families cost: 1,902 hospital volunteer program trains and provides crafts and games to volunteerswho work at smilow cancer center in new haven in either the clinical or in-patient units. We have 30 volunteers working cost: 112 newsletter informs families of our programs and how we can help. Cost: 4,464 website provides information about resources to families. Cost: 5,876
As a Board Member for TeamConnor Pediatric Cancer Foundation, I have had the privilege of getting to see the work of The Circle of Care intimately, as we have considered their organization for receiving grants from our foundation.
We, as a Board for TCF, have been amazed at the work Circle of Care does. They are on the frontlines during a family's most difficult time, anticipating their needs before they are even aware of what it is they need. Through the Purple Pages, the Bags of Love, and the support they provide through hospital volunteers and phone support, they help families know that they are not alone.
A cancer diagnosis is a terrible thing, but particularly for a child. Circle of Care is there from the very beginning and walks with the family through the duration of their treatment. They truly are an amazing organization.