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Have a Heart for Caregivers

by LDA
Population Served: Families
Region: National

Mini-retreats for caregivers facilitated by a deaconess using Skype

$4,030 Raised out of $3,800
48 Donors
0 Days Remaining

What are you going to do?

The LDA will offer a convenient way for caregivers to take time for themselves - sharing their experiences, feeling supported, and praying together.  A deaconess will facilitate 90-minute "mini-retreats' using Skype. These sessions will be offered monthly and at no cost to participants. All a participant needs is a quiet room with a computer with Skype and a reliable internet connection!

How will you use the funds raised?

The funds raised will be used to:

  • Mail a program announcement to 1,700 women's groups, social service agencies, and related groups so they can refer caregivers to our program.
  • Support the program for one year - as many as 36 caregivers will have the opportunity to re-energize.

Describe your plan and timeline for completing the project you are raising funds to support.

March 2014:  Begin offering the program and mail 1,700 program announcements to encourage participation

April 2014:  Identify and train a deaconess to serve as the second facilitator
February 2015:  Gratefully celebrate the completion of the first year of the program, sharing feedback from program participants.

What big changes do you expect to see as a result of the project?

As many as 36 caregivers from across the country will have the opportunity to feel supported, strengthened and refreshed.  They may even develop some new friendships with people they meet during the mini-retreat!

Local women's groups, Lutheran social service agencies, and others will be aware of and refer caregivers to this program so more people can benefit from it.
Deaconess Diane Marten
MIni-Retreat Coordinator
Deaconess Lisa Polito
LDA Executive Director
Cathy Bengson
Deaconess Bonita Fredel
Retreat Facilitator
Honorary Deaconess Lydia Volz

About Deaconess Diane Marten

About Deaconess Lisa Polito

About Cathy Bengson

About Deaconess Bonita Fredel

About Honorary Deaconess Lydia Volz

January 21, 2014 - It's Been Three Weeks!

Three weeks into this campaign and we're at 38% of our goal!  Many thanks to the 22 generous donors!  And, we've heard from more people who know caregivers who can benefit from participating in one of these mini-retreats.  The need is great - won't you help us to help them?  

January 14, 2014 - Two Week Status

After our first two weeks, we've raised over 20% of our goal.  Please share our Facebook posts and tell your friends - caregivers need our support!  Thanks!

February 4, 2014 - 11 Days to Go!

We're just over half of the way to our goal and have caregivers on board for a mini-retreat later this month!  Help us make this program a recurring event so we can help caregivers every month.  $25 helps one caregiver participate in a mini-retreat!

February 13, 2014 - You Did It!

Your generosity enabled us to reach (and even exceed) our goal - with one day to spare!  Thank you so much for sharing your caring heart with caregivers.