What We Do And Why We Do It!
Here to Serve, a 501 (c) (3) charity dedicated to collaboration and cooperation with the community, provides caregivers and their families non-medical support through a life-threatening health crisis with a loved one. Inspired by the medical trials in her own family, Founder Kathleen Quintas started Here to Serve to mobilize volunteers, businesses, corporations, and other nonprofit organizations to provide targeted care to families with children at home who have either a critically ill child or a parent going through a life-and-death medical crisis. Many caregivers don’t realize the challenges they will likely face when they start this journey...emotional, financial, physical, psychological and sometimes spiritual.
The support offered at the start of the journey, lulls many families to believe they will get through the medical crisis with the help of friends. But these journeys can last a long time and even the most well-intentioned family members and friends get overwhelmed with the sheer magnitude and length of the journey and support often wanes. Here to Serve operates best at the beginning of the crisis mobilizing and organizing people and resources to remain engaged throughout journey; all this without overwhelming the caregiver or a friend(s) or family member(s). Watch the ABC TV segment about Here to Serve to learn more about ways we help.
A story from one we had the honor of serving.
CHRIS VEGA...The Run of His Life!
Chris received the diagnosis no one expected nor could have imagined...Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in the Fall of 2011. Chris, a senior and star long-distance runner on his high school track team, knew he would have to run the race of his life! And he did just that!! But that race ended all to soon in September 2012 when he finished at the Gates of Heaven into the arms of God. Chris's body could no longer fight the rejection of his stem cell transplant and his kidneys failed. His mom, dad and two younger brothers and entire extended family ushered him into the presence of God on that late September evening.
Although the family is devastated by this overwhelming loss, they have put their focus on helping others and giving back. Because of the help Here to Serve was able to organize and provide the family, the Vega's are supporting our work not only through personal donations but helping others by sharing our services with them. What did Here to Serve do to support this brave and enduring family? Here to Serve identified and organized people and organizations and wrapped the family with this community of support. This care community was able to help promote fundraising activities including a golf tournament to benefit Chris's family, provide meals, laundry, transportation to sporting events for their other sons, prayer chains, and filled their last Christmas together with everything on their wish list, and so much more.
Here to Serve may not be able to change the outcome of a medical journey, but care, prayer, help and support brought this family through their worst nightmare with the strong desire to give back because of the outpouring of love and support they received. They counted their blessings...and Here to Serve was one of them! We are privileged and honored to have shared this emotionally-charged journey with the Vega family and our many other families like them.