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Connections, Dec 2012

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Interfaith CarePartners Connections newsletter is a great source for helpful caregiving information and inspiration.
Interfaith CarePartners Connections newsletter is a great source for helpful caregiving information and inspiration.

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Connections
Interfaith CarePartners®Volume 23, December 2012
Annual Report
Continued on page 2 
Bob Verlarde 
Throughout 2012, we celebrat-ed the 25
th
anniversary o our sig-nature Care Team
®
program (1986– 2011) and other complementaryservices that have enabled personschallenged by a disabling conditionto enjoy meaningul relationshipsand live more independently.This Annual Report or 2012 de-scribes our programs and services or this year and includesa discussion o the impact Interaith CarePartners has hadduring its 26 year history. In the May issue o Connections,we discussed the early years o the Care Team program’s pio-neering response to persons with and aected by HIV/AIDS(1986 – 1992). The success o the AIDS Care Team
®
projectconvinced the ounders that the Care Team concept and prac-tices could make lie better or individuals with other chronicand impairing conditions.Accordingly, the September issue o Connections de-scribed how the Care Team program expanded rom 1992– 2000 to embrace persons aected by dementia, most com-monly Alzheimer’s disease (Alzheimer’s Care Team
®
project),debilitating adults o any age or cause (Second Family CareTeam
®
project), and impaired children and their amilies (Kids’Pals Care Team
®
project). We highlighted other services pro-vided through the years (1986 – 2011) that complementedand strengthened the saety net that Care Team
®
membersare to the people they serve. O these additional services, wecontinue to oer inormation and reerral, caregiver educationconerences and skill training workshops, support groups orcaregivers, workplace ‘lunch and learn’ sessions or employedcaregivers, and proessional geriatric care management.More than a quarter century o innovation, leadership,education, and service have let a mark in greater Houstonand beyond. This Annual Report highlights some measureso our perormance and contribution to people we havetouched in one or more o our programs. In addition, we con-sider how these years o activity inorm and chart our courseor the uture.
In Their Own Words
Our signature Care Team program o congregation-basedvolunteers who are organized into teams and matched withpersons who invite them to share their journey during a pe-
25 Years of Caregiving: Assessing Our Past, Anticipating Our Future 
riod o weakness is our largest and most intimate service pro-gram. From the earliest relationships in 1986 until now, liveshave been transormed as team members and care partnersembraced each other. Our use o the term ‘care partner,’instead o the more common social service term ‘client,’ re-ects the reality that in ‘caring’ relationships all persons giveand receive care rom each other.One way to understand how hearts are touched, spiritsuplited, and journeys eased is through the testimonies opeople across the liespan who are coping with physical chal-lenges o diverse descriptions. No two stories are the same,but these recent comments are representative o the heart-elt gratitude o care partners or the gits that Care Teammembers have been in their lives throughout our history.An Hispanic lady in her 90s writes, “[The Care Teammember] has been a blessing in my lie. She goes out o herway to see I keep doctor appointments. She is my angel! .. . I know there is no way I can say what is in my heart orher. She has won my love and respect . . . a riend I can talkto. . . I bless her or [she is] there or someone like me whosometimes has no one else.”A Caucasian lady reports,“The volunteer that has blessedme with transportation to doc-tors’ appointments is very car-ing. Her conversation alwaysmakes me eel a part o livingagain. I lost my husband sud-denly. Three months later, I wasrun over by an SUV and backedo. Ater 2 months in a hospi-tal and 4 months in a nursinghome, lie is quite dierent. Iam no longer able to walk with-out a walker or teach/ollow mycareer. Being 54 years old, handicapped, and by mysel is achallenge. Thanks or all that your volunteers do!”An Hispanic daughter tells about her mother who at-tends an Alzheimer’s Care Team ‘Gathering Place’ activityprogram. “Our lives revolve around my 91 year old motherwith dementia. My mom is not an early riser, so it is difcultto get her anywhere at 10 AM. However, I do my best toget her there because what she receives is amazing. The
 
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volunteers are so compassionate andtotally ocused on her needs. What athoughtul idea to make sure mom getsone volunteer to stay with her through-out the time and keep her eeling sae.One day I went to pick her up andshe was involved with playing witha huge parachute and balloons! Shewas smiling and having a great time!She caught the balloon and her namewas yelled out by the volunteers. Shejust loved it! Finally, when it was timeto leave I said, ‘Let’s go mom.’ Sheresponded, ‘Why?’ Boy, that was sotelling to me. She was having so muchun that she didn’t want to leave. Aswe were walking to the car she said,‘You brought me here, right?’ I smiledand said, ‘Yes.’I know that this is a simple storybut it means so much to me that momwas sae and enjoying lie. Thank youor that. And thank you or giving metime to get to the YMCA and ocus onme or a change. I truly thank the kindand well-trained volunteers who helpmake our lives a little easier as we dealwith this deadly disease o dementia.”An Arican American lady in her 80ssays, “Not enough words to expresshow much the quality o my lie hasimproved as a result o the help andriendship I have received rom theteam. I am legally blind, unable todrive, almost dea. Thanks to InteraithCarePartners, I have a happier and moreenjoyable lie.”Lastly, a man in his 80s whocares or his wie with Alzheimer’sdisease tells o their experience, “It isdifcult to think o only one instanceo the kindness, care, and love thathave come to us through the InteraithCarePartners volunteers. You are anincredible group! Every day I thankGod or the blessings you bring me.You have given me enough hours eachmonth to complete tasks that I couldonly ret about beore – while givingme a new enthusiasm that I hadn’tseen or a long while. The volunteersencourage me to do things that I wouldnot normally attempt – like art projectsand charades. Each Gathering Placeworks to give me a eeling again that Iam worthwhile. Bless you all!”These testimonies illustrate howrelationships are the heart o all that wedo. Whereas illness, weakness, injury,and disability typically cause isolation,through the Care Team program theybring people together in a mutuallysupportive, rewarding, and tenderembrace. Everyone gives and everyonereceives.Indeed, team members assist withtasks that make days easier and happieror care partners. They are eager toassist, even when a task is challenging,because o the bond that has beenestablished with a care partner. Teammembers assist because they ‘care’or the ‘person’ who needs a helpinghand. In the fnal analysis, the ultimateimpact or assessment o the CareTeam program or 26 years is revealedmost ully in the individual stories orelationships among thousands o CareTeam members and thousands o carepartners. These stories personalize orput ‘esh on the bones’ o the statisticalrecord o the Care Team program andother services that give lie to ourmission to care or weak and vulnerablepeople.
Letter rom Steve HinchmanChairman, Board o Directors
On behal o the Board o Directors, I ampleased to report that the programs and fscal aairso Interaith CarePartners are strong and conductedwith integrity. As we grateully celebrate 25 yearso caregiving and the local and national impact wehave had, we are aware o people and needs that we have not been able toserve. The board and management are dedicated to developing additionalresources in order to expand our services so that all who turn to InteraithCarePartners or support have their needs met.It remains a unique privilege or the Board, management, sta,volunteers, and donors to each do our part to comort and assist peoplecoping with illness and disabilities that lessen their sel-sufciency andthreaten their dignity. We are deeply grateul to each Jewish and Christiancongregation that allows us to equip their members to embrace and sustainpeople with special needs or home-based care and support or an extendedtime. Our deepest gratitude, however, is reserved or each volunteerand donor whose contribution gives lie to our values and transorms ourpassions into extensive caregiving programs o excellence that bring joy andhope to people in despair.While we consider what has been achieved rom 1986 through 2012,we look orward to even greater service in 2013. We hope you share ourpride in what has been accomplished and will continue to be our partner incaregiving. We are sincerely grateul or your support. Together, we aremaking a git o care that is a blessing to all!
The Statistical Measures
All o Interaith CarePartners’ care-giving, educational, and training activi-ties are person-centered and animatedby two o our core values: (1) respect,sensitivity, and compassion or all, and(2) excellence and integrity in all thatwe do. I our programs did not expressthese values, our story would have andshould have come to an end long ago.Instead, our 26 year history is one orecurring innovation, deliberate respon-siveness to needs, and service to in-creasing numbers o people.Our numerical record o serviceshould not be interpreted solely as aseries o numbers. Each number rep-resents a person, like those whosetestimonies are presented above, whoreceived some beneft through Inter-aith CarePartners. The data presentedbelow account only or services that arepresently oered. Terminated serviceprojects summarized in the September2012 issue o Connections are not pre-sented here.The circumstances, challenges,and needs o each person represent-ed by these numbers cannot be ullyknown. It is clear, however, that eachone had a need that Interaith CarePart-ners was able to meet. For example,Care Team members were given a
 
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1986 2011 2012(Estimated)Care Team Members*
AIDS Care Team
®
Project (Begun 1986) 4,107 35Alzheimer’s Care Team
®
Project (Begun 1993) 2,246 1,531Second Family Care Team
®
Project (Begun 1995) 4,044 950Kids’ Pals Care Team
®
Project (Begun 2000) 283 ___18Total 10,680 2,534
Hours o Team Member Volunteer Service
AIDS Care Team
®
Project 744,239 538Alzheimer’s Care Team
®
Project 718,173 92,178Second Family Care Team
®
Project 641,333 36,056Kids’ Pals Care Team
®
Project ___13,628 ____303Total 2,117,373 129,075
Persons Served by Care Team Members*
AIDS Care Team
®
Project 2,019 13Alzheimer’s Care Team
®
Project 3,016 1,119Second Family Care Team
®
Project 2,414 866Kids’ Pals Care Team
®
Project ___64 ___16Total 7,513 2,014
‘Common Ground’ Support Groups 2008 2011 2012
New Registered Caregivers* 217 22
Caregiver Conerences and Workshops 2005 2011 2012
Caregiver Attendance 3,811 1,627 
‘Preparing and Sharing’ (Employed caregiver ‘lunch and learn’) 2011 2012
 Employed Caregiver Participants* 60
*Unduplicated
 
structure and proessional supportwithin which they could ulfll the teach-ing o their aith traditions to care orothers. Persons served by Care Teammembers (care partners and amilycaregivers) were provided many typeso supportive services by educated andsupervised compassionate volunteerswho made a journey through a valleyin lie easier and more hopeul. Familycaregivers acquired important inorma-tion, learned skills, gained perspective,and received encouragement at supportgroups, conerences, and workshopsdesigned to equip them or this time inlie. We count people engaged in theseprograms. We do not track the numbero people whose inquiries or inorma-tion or assistance are handled by phoneor who are reerred to other agencies orassistance. Also, we have omitted belowdata on hundreds more persons with HIV/ AIDS who received ood rom our pantryor accessed proessional counseling orcase management services.These charts (above right) depictnumerically how stewardship o theCare Team program resulted in serviceto an expanded population o weakenedor impaired persons. Lessons learnedduring the years in which it concentrat-ed on the needs o persons with HIV/ AIDS led to innovative applications othe concept and practices to support avastly larger number o people copingwith a broad range o challenges acrossthe liespan and in every walk o lie.Whereas persons with HIV/AIDSwere predominantly young adults,more than 95% o persons served byteams today are age 50 and older. Inaddition, our demographic data indicatethat the Care Team program reects thediversity o greater Houston with repre-sentatives o all major racial and ethniccommunities, as well as socioeconomicgroups, serving or being served in theprogram. Moreover, the charts reectour capacity to identiy new opportuni-ties or service and to create programsto meet those needs, especially thesupport needs o amily caregivers.Our records show that since 1986through 2012, approximately 28,500unduplicated people have been in-volved in our programs as volunteerCare Team members, enjoyed thecompanionship and support o CareTeam members as care partners oramily caregivers, attended a supportgroup, or participated in an educationor training program. During 2012, ap-proximately 6,257 people have beenengaged in an Interaith CarePartners’service program.The hours o service in the CareTeam program given by volunteers area clear indication o the dedication othese compassionate individuals whoserve without anare. Their cumulativehours o recorded time may be appre-ciated better when translated into di-erent time rames. For example, 2.5millions hours is equal to 312,500 eight-hour days, 62,500 orty-hour weeks,over a millennium o years o ull timeemployment (1,202 years), or 285 yearso service 24 hours per day, 365 daysper year. Moreover, the total marketvalue o these hours o volunteer ser-vice, according to Independent Sector,is greater than $38 million.Clearly, Care Team members havebeen extraordinarily generous with theirtime and talent. We extend our mostheartelt and sincere gratitude to each orcreating an outstanding record o caregiv-ing and or giving lie to our mission.
Recognition and Awards
Along with the testimonies opersons served by Interaith CarePart-ners and Care Team members, thesestatistical measures indicate, in part,why Interaith CarePartners has beenprivileged to receive national, state, andlocal awards or innovation, programmanagement, and service. The nation’shighest honor or volunteer service, thePresident’s Service Award (now Presi-dent’s Community Service Award), wasreceived in 1998 rom President BillClinton in an Oval Ofce ceremony.Other national awards include a Na-tional Family Caregiver Support Award(2010) presented by The National Al-liance or Caregiving and the MetLieFoundation; Exemplary Program Awardor civic engagement or volunteerism(2006) and Exemplary Program in Care-giving (2001) presented by the NationalCouncil on Aging; Multi-Faith Meritori-ous Award or Alzheimer’s Caregivingrom the National Interaith Coalition onAging (2009); Award or Excellence inOlder Volunteer Program Managementrom the National Association o AreaAgencies on Aging and the MetLieFoundation (2006); and Service to Se-

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