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, yet it can make or break you. Research organizations searching for cures and hospitals treating critically-ill kids are plentiful and well-funded. But, what happens if a family makes a dollar or more than government support programs and nonprofit organizations will allow? Many working-class families live on the edge just making ends meet. They often rely on two incomes and pay for private insurance usually with high deductibles and co-pays. Their treatment options and hospital choices can be limited because they chose an affordable plan betting a medical crisis will not occur…then it happens! Where do they turn?…often to family and close friends. However, this can be a confusing and overwhelming labor of love for even the closest of family members and close friends.
People feel they don’t know their neighbors well enough to ask for help. Likewise, when people they feel they should offer help, they don’t know what to say or if they should even offer their help.
Here to Serve helps to rebuild communities of caring and compassionate people, businesses and organizations with caregivers who may be new to the area, a single parent, part of a family that needs both incomes to survive or who do not speak English.