Our Community Partners Rule!
We stand on the shoulders of the great organizations that came before us. Our list of partners isn't a laundry list of stuff that's out there. These are the organizations we have experience with. Organizations that have proven to us they're serving caregivers well. Heck, when we send you to one of these partners it doesn't even feel like we're sending you somewhere else.
Why the ALS Association is so important
Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with the disease, and someone passes away from it. This fatal disease can strike anyone at any time. It takes away the freedom to walk, talk, run, and dance. The ALS Association fights to give that independence back and empower people to live life to the fullest. The ALS Association leads the way in global research and helps 20,000 Americans living with ALS.
The local chapter of the ALS Association has been a tremendous support to me as a caregiver, as I navigated the ever-changing needs of my husband, while he was still alive. Plugging into ALSA's programs, like the monthly support groups, the equipment loan pool and most definitely the volunteer assistance program really helped me to feel like I was not in this alone. Ever. That is the beauty of an organization that's robust with quality staff and thoughtful resources."
-Martha, former caregiver and loving wife
Why Angel Foundation is so important
Angel Foundation™ is a Twin Cities-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to support local adults with cancer and their families. For over twenty years, their programs have ensured that individuals and families have the resources they need throughout their cancer journey. Angel Foundation™ offers relief to adults with cancer and their loved ones through financial assistance, education, and emotional support.
I've sent my boys to Angel summer camps (for kid's whose parents have cancer) the last 3 summers. Every time, it's a completely magical experience for them. I think of it as a camp for kid caregivers. I get choked up thinking about how soon my boys will be old enough to be leaders there and that they'll be coaching the newbies. I can't imagine a more important and meaningful experience; these are the moments that turn young boys into fully grown, well-adjusted men."
Why Brighter Days Family Grief Center is so important
Brighter Days Family Grief Center focuses on bringing families back together after the death or terminal diagnosis of a loved one by addressing the many psychosocial and logistical needs of each family member. Trusted by Minnesota hospitals, hospices, schools, and community partners since 2017, Brighter Days provides the compassionate and comprehensive care that children, adults, and the entire family deserve.
Brighter Days Grief Center is a beacon of light and avenue of hope for those struggling with grief, providing resources for body, mind, soul, and spirit. I would hope Brighter Days becomes a template for other centers across our nation, as they are a true example of proactive grieving and what shining by example is. It's being there when the need is there."
-Mitch Carmody, Kelly's Dad
Why Camp Kesem is so important
5 million children are coping with a parent's cancer diagnosis. That’s 5 million children at risk of experiencing increased anxiety, emotional isolation, loss of social interest, or feelings of hopelessness. And that’s why, at Kesem, they are committed to creating a world where every child who has a parent with a cancer diagnosis or has lost a parent to cancer is never alone. They support these children through and beyond their parent’s cancer with free, fun-filled creative programs and a lasting community.
Camp Kesem has given me a family of people who are always there for me and understand what my situation is like. Camp Kesem has truly been one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life."
- Kesem camper
Why Cancer Legal Care is so important
At Cancer Legal Care, they know that the financial and legal issues a cancer patient faces can be as devastating as the cancer diagnosis itself. Their mission is to engage the law to resolve the complex challenges facing people and communities affected by cancer. They do this by providing free legal care and education to Minnesotans affected by cancer to help with the legal issues they face that directly impact their health and quality of life.
One of the primary challenges a caregiver faces is protecting their loved one from the onslaught of information that follows a cancer diagnosis. Caregivers don't need flyers and monologues from service providers. They need dialogue. Dialogues like they get when they call Cancer Legal Care! And trust me, it's a tremendous relief to have a lawyer on your healthcare team!"
Why Colon Cancer Coalition is so important
Although the survival rate for colon cancer is 90% when it’s caught in the early stages, only 40% of cases are being diagnosed during this window. As a member of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, we are committed to raising screening rates to 80% in every community. By reaching that collective goal, more than 200,000 lives could be saved in the next decade.
It is organizations like the Colon Cancer Coalition that demonstrate that despite loss, suffering and all odds against you, there is a cancer community in your corner, there to help. I wanted to join a cause greater than myself and to continue our journey to spread awareness, support others through their fight, save others from this path, make change, and move mountains! I believe, together, with your organization, we can do that."
Why Gilda's Club is so important
No one should face cancer alone. These simple words sum up Gilda’s Club Twin Cities’ philosophy. They provide the emotional and social support that is proven to improve overall health outcomes. Their clubhouse is a healing environment where individuals learn from one another while receiving guidance from licensed mental health professionals.
Gilda's is a beautiful place filled with beautiful and kind people. Calm, serene, and welcoming. Plus, the noogie nights for the kiddos are always a great experience for them!"
Why The Negative Space is so important
The mission of The Negative Space is to change the way caregivers are seen and supported. The Negative Space shines light on the realities of caregiving, provides direct services to caregivers, and educates and equips those who support them with concrete tools and strategies.
I have a therapist, but they haven't been a caregiver, so they don't get it the way Allison at The Negative Space does. It is so helpful as I go through my week to know that I will have a time and place to talk to someone about my caregiving life. These individual sessions are exactly what I was hoping for."
-Colleen, caregiver for her husband
Why She Climbs Mountains is so important
She Climbs Mountains is a non-profit organization based in the Twin Cities serving adult women and girls ages 8–18 (Girls Rise Up) who have experienced mother loss through death at any age. Our community encourages women and girls to grieve openly, share their stories, ask questions, nurture themselves and each other, examine the loss of their mothers, and seek joy and gratitude in a secure environment, with the goal of creating a safe, supportive, and loving sisterhood. She Climbs Mountains/Girls Rise Up is an inclusive organization and welcomes all humans who identify as daughters. Additionally, though we use the pronouns she/her/hers, we welcome individuals who use pronouns such as they/them/theirs and/or other gender-neutral pronouns.
She Climbs Mountains is dedicated to my beautiful and valiant mom, to the generations of women who have come before us, and to the amazing community of motherless daughters who I have the privilege of climbing mountains with every day as we strive for healing, peace, joy, and gratitude."
-Christine Meyer, Founder of She Climbs Mountains