What Is a Family-Centered Medical Home?

Why should you care? Many hospitals try to create an environment they call “Family-Centered Care” which is more a derivative of Family-Centered Medical Home, a concept first introduced by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in 1967. At that time, it was envisioned as a central source for all the medical information about a child. […]


Volunteer Highlight – Maureen Girouard

We have benefited from so many volunteers, it is hard to pick just one to highlight. This is our first official newsletter and everyone to come will highlight the work of a volunteer and provide you the latest on our newest volunteers. Maureen Girouard came to Here to Serve in 2018 after spending her previous […]


Our Resource Database: A VITAL Service to Our Families!

You help supports many facets of Here to Serve as an organization.  Did you know that hospital social workers generally have no database of resources for families who are NOT on government assistance?  Most social workers are focused on government programs and helping only those who qualify for them. They may provide a couple foundations […]


Zein Youssef – Your Donations DO Make a Difference!

Childhood cancer boldly and without warning enters the lives of our sons and daughters without reason or cause. Zein has bravely been battling cancer since he was 6 years old and has experienced 4 relapses; his last being a secondary cancer resulting from previous chemo treatments.  He has endured over 55 sessions of chemotherapy, 600 […]


Caring for the Caregiver

In situations where one deals with a seriously ill family member, there’s rarely any discussion of their own well-being during the ordeal. It’s understandable. With the challenges an ill family member faces, caregivers see any inconvenience as small and insignificant. However, there is a personal and emotional toll for that kind of personal and around […]


Why We Serve

Though the explosion of entertainment, smartphones and internet access brings convenience and options only dreamed of only 10 years ago, it’s also disconnected us from our neighbors and community that would have, in the past, helped in times of need.  The journey a family must take when their child experiences a critical illness is often overlooked, […]


EEOC Vows to Defend Employment Rights of Caregivers

In a public meeting, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission heard experts testify as to the discrimination caregivers face in the workplace. More than 40 percent of American workers have given care to a family member or friend in the last five years, and almost half will be in the position of caregiver in the […]


Caring for Ill Family Members a Source of Anxiety for Women

A Forbes news item found that 66 percent of both black and white women are worried about caring for sick family members. Though Hispanics were not included in the study, a 2008 report found that one-third of Hispanic households had at least one caregiver under its roof, 75 percent of which were women. The reliance […]


Caregivers Need Support Groups for their Own Well

A study by the American Psychological Association found that caregivers who looked after critically and chronically ill family members were more likely to report higher levels of stress, poor health and are more likely to take part in unhealthy behaviors to alleviate their stress than the rest of the public. However, the report also foundthat […]


5 Reasons Why Casino Night Is Better Than A Las Vegas Weekend!

You don’t have to drive 4 to 5 hours to try your luck. Do it here at Arcadia! It’s not uncommon for a drive to Vegas to take as long as seven hours and the return trip as long as 11 hours. After a busy work week you don’t want to be fighting traffic in […]