Today I am speaking with Kate Houck, Executive Director of David's Refuge. Caring and providing resources for caregivers has new and unique challenges in this time of self-isolation. Isolating a family who cares for a child with special needs or a medical condition can bring additional pressures to an already trying situation. Kate and her staff are adapting their services to most help their families. They are an inspiration. Learn more at davidsrefuge.org and join in and be a part of their "Be the Light" campaign this week.
Finding joy, being grateful and having hope. Marianne and the sisters believe in whole mind, body and spirit healing. In addition to medical comfort, the patients they cared for in isolation were provided a community of opportunities to live a full life with education, crafts, music and celebration. We know from this history that joy can be found during the most fearful times, and that joy and gratefulness can nurture hope.
“Let us make best use of the fleeting moments. They will not return." Mother Marianne 1905
We can all make a difference. Have hope.
First in a series of interviews with CNY EIA (in this case; Empathetic, Intelligent and Amazing) role models. We will learn how they incorporate empathy into business and day to day life during these times that can be stressful and frustrating.
Kristin is joined by Kate D. Mahoney; author, speaker, patient advocate and friend. One way to get to know Kate better is reading her book Misfit Miracle Girl; Candid Reflections. Available in our gift shop.
Kristin Barrett-Anderson, executive director of the Shrine & Museum, recorded a reflection on Marianne, her story and her legacy, so important in these days of hand-washing, self-care and isolation. With the museum closed to the public for the foreseeable future, Kristin will virtually share reflections from exhibits at the shrine and museum.