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
Sitting in a planning meeting for another event I sat and listened to the Founders of Circle of Care speak about their passion for helping families who children's lives had been touched by Cancer. Liz and Dawn have been exactly where these families are now and know exactly what they need to do to be helpful and make an impact. When you realize, that you yourself could find yourself in a hospital with your child who has just been diagnosed with cancer and you have not been home all day, or eaten, and have $2 in your pocket, you need someone. You need Circle of Care. You realize they are indeed providing amazing service. I had a pit in my stomach and knew I was called to get involved. I volunteered to help in any way I could. Circle of Care makes a difference EVERY SINGLE DAY to someone. All who come in contact with them are very blessed!
I met the three women who started Circle of Care a few years back through a mutual friend. I started off helping out with a fundraiser and saw right away the incredible motivation, willpower and dedication these women possessed. Hearing their stories about how their children survived cancer was so inspiring to me. They met and wanted to help other mothers feel like they had a support system because when your child is diagnosed with cancer the world falls from beneath you. I too, am the mother of a cancer survivor, so I could relate to their crusade. I was, and still am, in awe of these women. We all have other children, families, extra curricular activities, etc. and they are still out there trying to raise awareness and pounding the pavement in order to help other families that are experiencing pediatric cancer. It's amazing how you can feel a connection with someone by exchanging chemo stories, blood transfusions, relapses, all things that we wish no one has to go through. Circle of Care is an organization that brings a special light to a community that is growing day by day. It's nice to know someone out there cares and wants to help in any little way possible.