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November is National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Welcome to November! This month, we celebrate Election Day, Veterans Day and of course, Thanksgiving. However, one major celebration which can often goes unnoticed is National Family Caregivers Month. What began as National Family Caregivers Week in 1997 has now blossomed into a full month’s worth of recognition and appreciation for caregivers across the United States.

As President Obama stated in 2012 during the NFC Month Proclamation, “Family members, friends and neighbors devote countless hours to providing care to their relatives or loved ones. During National Family Caregivers Month, we recognize and thank the humble heroes who do so much to keep our families and communities strong.” Caregiving is a valuable position in our community which often goes unrecognized. Let’s look at what National Family Caregivers Month is and how you can celebrate it.

What is National Family Caregivers Month?
Caregiver Action Network originally established National Family Caregivers Month as a week-long celebration in 1994. Then, in 1997, President Clinton signed the first NFC Month Presidential Proclamation. Since then, every president has followed suit by issuing an annual proclamation which recognizes and honors family caregivers. The month has also taken on its full-form and grown into an immersive experience of recognizing and supporting caregivers. NFC Month encourages and enables all of us to:

  • Raise awareness of family caregiver issues.
  • Celebrate the efforts of family caregivers.
  • Educate family caregivers about self-identification.
  • Increase support for family caregivers.

For those of us who strive to live an altruistic lifestyle, the month of November is the perfect opportunity to consider caregiving roles in the community and the impact they have. 

Each year, Caregiver Action Network chooses a theme to recognize the month and spearhead the national celebration. This year’s theme is Supercharge Your Caregiving! From their website, Caregiver Action Network states: “Caregivers are superheroes. Managing medications. Getting to doctor appointments. Balancing work and home. How can family caregivers handle it all? Even superheroes need tools! Thankfully, new caregiving tools can help lighten the load.” The month focuses on the crucial work caregivers provide, and emphasizes how tools and individuals can come alongside caregivers to support them.

How can you celebrate National Family Caregivers Month?
So now that you know what National Family Caregivers Month is, how can you celebrate and support it in your community? First and foremost, identify what a caregiver is, because chances are you have one in your life. Loosely defined, a caregiver refers to a family member or paid helper who regularly looks after a child, or a sick, elderly or disabled person. For instance, the average family caregiver is a working mother of school-aged children. However, as parents age, many children can even become caregivers to their parents. Caregiving means tracking schedules, managing medications, helping with physical ailments and juggling multiple responsibilities during the day. The term “caregiver” can mean a lot of different things to different people, and it can present itself in various ways. The important thing is to maintain a loose definition for caregivers, in order to better recognize caregivers you might come in contact with.

This National Family Caregivers Month, the greatest thing you can do to get involved is show a caregiver how much you appreciate them. Write a caregiver a thank you note, cook them dinner or simply buy them flowers. More often than not, caregiving is a 24-hours a day, seven-days a week job. There are few—if any—breaks. Show how much caregivers mean to you by giving them a break. Take them out, show them they are appreciated and consider how you can say thank you.

Caregiving is no easy task, so National Family Caregivers Month intends to show appreciation, recognition and gratitude to the caregivers in our lives. This November, thank the caregivers you know for everything they do to make a difference for their families and communities.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

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