Sometimes the Caregiver Needs Care

Sometimes the Caregiver Needs Care

Crowdfunding Completed: August 30, 2017

Amount Funded: $2580

Project Owner: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greenville, NC

Short Description of Project

Caring for disabled friends, a family with three children face the mother's cancer, lost wages and threatened homelessness.

How was this project connected to UU?

The Mission Statement of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greenville, NC:  "United in our diversity, we covenant with one another to search, to serve, to grow and to love. We seek out those who have been turned away, we embrace those whose spiritual path has been isolated, we strengthen ourselves to comfort the suffering, we share with our children our commitment to a more just and compassionate society."

The love, day-to-day care and material generosity that Theresa and her family continue to provide for Bruce since his first of two strokes in February, 2015, fulfill the mission of our congregation to comfort the suffering and marginalized of our society.  We have been grateful for Theresa's generosity and happy to contribute the resources of our Emergency Assistance Fund as well as personal member gifts.

We recognize that the emerging needs are beyond our available resources.  We invite you to join us in helping Theresa and Ernie now in their time of need.

Full Description of Project

Some two years ago, I officiated the same-sex wedding of two men of color.  I was shocked to learn that only a couple months later, one suffered a stroke and was no longer able to financially support himself and his developmentally-delayed partner.  Their home was also condemned.

For some two years now, here in North Carolina, I have observed the compassion of a family who took the couple into their home, provided for their needs, took lunch-hours from work to run them to doctor and therapy appointments, advocated for the stroke victim when he could neither walk nor speak, and finally helped him get Social Security Disability and housing.  Theresa still drives them to the doctor and assists them financially.

A member of our Unitarian Universalist congregation's Caring Team describes the compassion shown by Theresa and her family as strongly reflecting our congregation's mission to embrace those who are marginalized and excluded by society:  gay, disabled, poor, people of color.

Now the caregiver mother of three little girls, has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  We feel that it is appropriate to offer Unitarian Universalists the opportunity to care for the caregiver, Theresa as she looks forward to surgery and treatment.

Please join me in assisting Theresa and her family as they have been so generous in helping others.

Blessings!     - Rev. Rod

Her own words:  "My name is Theresa, I am 37 years old, married with 3 amazing daughters ages 2 1/2, 8 and 10 and work full time for a local hospital. I have recently been diagnosed with multiple malignant nodules encompassing my thyroid and will need surgery and possible treatment going forward. I am concerned with being out of work when all of this starts happening because I do not have enough paid time off to cover the days off. My husband is a handyman and has been doing small side jobs to try and keep us ahead but I'm afraid that will not be enough to keep us from falling very far behind and my biggest fear is having to face (fight) eviction while fighting cancer. Keeping my kids happy, safe and fed is my biggest priority! Thank you for anything you are able to do, it is very much appreciated!"   - Theresa