adapted several times to embracepeople facing many different health-related challenges that separatethem from the community in whichthere is life. The Care Team programis responding totheir needs for thecompanionship andsupport of caringpeople who will sharetheir journeys intoa darkening future.For persons withdementia and theirfamilies, physically frail elders, personscoping with disabling conditionsor impairments, and families withan impaired child, the members ofeach Care Team are a safety net thatcomforts, sustains, and afrms thatweakness and threat are reasons to betogether, not apart.This has been a record year ofservice in the Care Team program,even though a difcult economy hasrestricted our capacity to expandthis vital caregiving program. Thismilestone anniversary year is one ofrecords – team members, personsof diverse demographic descriptionserved, and total partnercongregations. Theserecords are testimonyto the utility of the CareTeam model, dedicationof team members, andcompassion of the faithcommunity in greaterHouston. This deningprogram is a beaconof hope to people in ashadow time of life.Cleo has enjoyed the companion-ship and simple acts of kindness by theCare Team at St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church (Baytown) that mether in 2003. Bernie, a team member,spends between 20 – 40 hours eachmonth with her sharing stories, enjoy-ing company, running errands, and be-ing Cleo’s eyes and ears, both of whichare failing badly. These hours are high-lights of her days which surely are near-ing an end. Cleo is now 100 years old,a milestone the team observed with aspecial birthday party.These brief stories of Bob’s andCleo’s relationships with Care Teammembers personalize the numericalsummary of activities.And, speaking of numbers and whatthey reveal, the second milestone in2011 is 2 million total hours of volunteerservice in the Care Team programsince 1986. This marker is no smallof interest to caregivers presented bycapable professionals who volunteer theirknowledge and expertise. Registrationand lunch are free for caregivers dueto the generosity of underwriters andexhibitors, thus overcoming the barrierthat cost can be for caregivers to accessa service.A record total of 1,140 caregivers hadaccess to 98 workshops on topics suchas long term care planning, memory andaging, fall prevention, housing options,Medicare, Medicaid, and Veteran’sbenets, caregiver stress, spiritual andemotional needs, palliative and hospicecare, in-home care, home modication,and many more. The caregivers rate highlythe quality of presentations and expressdeep gratitude for these opportunities tolearn and to share their stories with otherson a similar path. These conferencesare another means by which InterfaithCarePartners brings people together.
Common Ground: Caregiver Conver-sations
The opportunity to learn from anddraw strength from others in a caregivingrole is a means by which caregivers meet
Letter from Steve HinchmanChairman, Board of Directors
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I ampleased to report that the programs and scal affairsof Interfaith CarePartners are strong and conductedwith integrity. It is a unique privilege for the Board,management, staff, volunteers, and donors to eachdo our part to comfort and assist people coping withillness and disabilities that lessen their self-sufciency and threaten theirdignity. We are deeply grateful to each Jewish and Christian congregationthat allows us to equip their members to embrace and sustain people withspecial needs for home-based care and support for an extended time. Ourdeepest gratitude, however, is reserved for each volunteer and donor whosecontribution gives life to our values and transforms our passions into extensivecaregiving programs of excellence that bring joy and hope to people in despair.While we celebrate the milestones and accomplishments in 2011, we lookforward to meeting new opportunities in 2012. We hope you share our pridein what has been achieved and will continue to be our partner in caregiving.We are sincerely grateful for your support. Together, we are making a gift ofcare that is a blessing to all!achievement. Measured in other ways,2 million hours equals more than 228years of caregiving 24 hours each day,365 days each year, or 50,000 weeks of40 hours service per week. The marketvalue of all of the hours of service since1986 - 2011, according to IndependentSector, exceeds $34.5 million.As impressive as this simplevaluation of donated time is, thecountless stories of relationships, ofpeople coming together in strengthand weakness, of comfort andhope displacing despair and fear, ofdiscovering meaning and purpose inlife are what truly counts as InterfaithCarePartners gives structure andsupport to people motivated to answerthe plea of God’s children weakenedby age, disease, or impairment to beremembered and embraced.
Our educational and skill-buildingconferences for caregivers increased innumber and total attendance this year.These programs for caregivers began in2002 as neighborhood projects that couldbe easily accessed by caregivers forwhom distance is a barrier for accessinga service. In 2005, we joined withInterfaith of the Woodlands to conductsemi-annual regional conferences in theWoodlands. In 2008, we began a similarpartnership with St. Luke’s UnitedMethodist Church in central Houston.The number of conferences grewthis year to 5 as we added Christ theKing Church in Kingwood as a partnerin this program. These conferencesfeature workshops on a range of topics
Cleo Second Family Care Team