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Meet Jackson ~ Extended Hospital Stay Grant Recipient

April 7, 2017

Wimmer Photo2Jackson’s family came to us shortly after a second extended hospital stay in great need of assistance. He is one of 3 children in the family and the only one with cystic fibrosis.  This year has been a particularly rough year for the family as they recently lost a parent after a long battle with cancer.  Jackson’s mother works full time but was in her new job less than a year when Jackson suffered his second hospital stay therefore she was not eligible for FMLA/paid family leave.

The social worker at their hospital reached out to Claire’s Place Foundation in the hopes of helping this family keep their home, which was in threat of foreclosure.

We were thrilled and grateful to be able to provide assistance so that the family could rest at ease and take a minute to get caught up on their mortgage and other bills that were also piling up. This was only possible due to recent help from our supporters in the form of a “Wedding Shower Donation“.  Thank you to Kathie and Paul DPhoto1avid who worked so diligently fundraising for this important program.

“Claire’s Place Foundation has helped our family by not being put out on the street.  They saved us from the heartache, stress, constant worry and feelings of worthlessness.  We will be able to remain as a family unit in our home that was facing foreclosure proceedings. This is something that we will be eternally grateful for, for the rest of our lives.” ~ Jackson’s Mother

Even with all the hard work it takes for this family to stay afloat, the social worker let me know that Jackson’s mother is the first person to put her hand out to newly diagnosed families at their cystic fibrosis center and has volunteered many times with projects to improve the overall care of the kids in their community.

Our hat is off to you, many blessings to you and your family ~

*If you are interested in hosting a fundraiser for Claire’s Place Foundation through our Crowdrise site, please let us know by sending an email to Melissa@clairesplacefoundation.org

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Meet Isis ~ Extended Hospital Stay Grant Recipient

January 26, 2017

This was a first of it’s kind request and has left a real impact on all of us here at Claire’s Place Foundation.

Isis was introduced to us by our friends at The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Compass Program, a personalized service to help you with the insurance, financial, legal and other issues you are facing when living with this disease.

Isis is a 27 year old woman with cystic fibrosis who found herself, due to some extenuating circumstances, homeless and living in a shelter.  Immediately our hearts went out to her as we could not imagine how difficult it must be to care for such a high maintenance illness while not having a place to call home.

Over the next 6 weeks, we communicated regularly as she tried various avenues for support in finding a place to live.  At one point, she was hospitalized and didn’t have anywhere to go when released with all her medications and continuous need for breathing treatments.

Isis worked very hard and was finally able to find an apartment complex that gives people like her a second chance but she could not afford the deposit plus utilities in order to move in.  We were thrilled to be able to provide that for her through our generous supporters and are happy to say that she is settling in to her new apartment and working at a new job!

I feel so relieved to have Claire’s Place Foundation on my side.  I am a strong believer in God and I isis-photobelieve He sent them to me to help get me out of homelessness. I want to send blessing to you all and your whole group for helping me.  It brings tears of joy to my eyes!” ~ Isis

Our hearts are with you Isis ~ we hope this new home offers you a fresh start and a clean, safe environment where you can take the best possible care of yourself and your illness.

Lots of love to all of you who help make this important program possible!

Please consider becoming a monthly donor or making a one time donation to our Extended Hospital Stay Grant Program here

 

 

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A Team Effort to Help a Family in Need

December 19, 2016

Recently, our friends at The CF Foundation helped us connect with The Breathe Foundation, a similar organization that serves CF families living in the state of New Jersey.  A family had an enormous hospital co pay that was nearly impossible for them to catch up on having only one income, a family of 6 and a child with great medical needs.  We were thrilled to work together in getting this bill completely paid off with all of your generous donations.

Elizabeth’s mother writes in their application “Elizabeth had a 2 week hospital stay shortly after my husband was laid off, causing us great high_elizabeth-picstress as he is the sole wage earner for our family of six. We struggled to make the payments on our hospital bill but it was shortly turned over to collections.  Last year, my husband earned only enough for us to get by and continue to make our insurance payments.  The Compass Program at The CF Foundation put us in touch with you and The Breathe Foundation as avenues for support…we sincerely hope that between the two of you, we can get some assistance that will help us get back on our feet.”

We reached out directly to our new friends at The Breathe Foundation and came up with a plan of action.  In a few short days, the bill was paid in full and the family notified.

The speed in which both foundations responded to our needs was so greatly appreciated.  We were just so relieved because we are also currently applying to colleges and the application fees alone are quite significant for us.  This grant has also made Elizabeth less stressed about all the costs associated with her illness and now college.”

Your donations are always hard at work here at Claire’s Place Foundation.  Please consider supporting us during our year end campaign so that our programs will continue to make a difference in the lives of so many children living with cystic fibrosis and their families.

Elizabeth ~  we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers and are sending you best wishes as you begin your college journey!

 

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Meet Emma ~ Extended Hospital Stay Grant Recipient

December 12, 2016

Meet Emma, a theatrical, vivacious teen living with cystic fibrosis.  Over the last year, her CF course has been plagued with several admissions, most recently for nearly an entire month, in a city quite far from their home.  Admissions such as this place a huge burden on families as it can 123_1_2cause a family to be separated for the duration and need to maintain the cost of what can feel like two households.  Food costs and lodging for caregivers, transportation costs of traveling to and from the hospital, child care for other siblings and many times, the loss of income adds up to an insurmountable financial crisis.  fb_img_1478017166739

We were so very grateful to be able to grant this family some much needed assistance, with the support of our donors.  Checks were sent out directly to their landlord, utilities company and car loan for the month so that they could focus their energy and time on being with Emma while she received the care she needed.  We are happy to report that Emma is now home and doing well ~ our thoughts and prayers are with you little fighter!

Emma’s mother writes “We are so appreciative of your organization and we know how very blessed we were to receive a referral from our social worker and ultimately a grant. Having support helped us get caught up and that meant so much to us. We are a one income family and it’s tough. Thank you for making it easier for us to be there for Emma.” 

 

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Meet Patricia ~ Extended Hospital Stay Grant Recipient

November 13, 2016

photostudio-pruittpruitt_pic2Meet Patricia ~ she was referred to us during an extended hospital stay due to a collapsed lung.  Thus far, she has been in the hospital for nearly one month, working hard to regain her lung function and enough strength to go home.  Patricia is one of two children in the family that suffer from cystic fibrosis and this current hospital stay has taken a real financial toll on her mother as the sole bread winner in the family.   We were very grateful to be able to assist them with getting caught up on their rent thereby avoiding an imminent eviction.

Her Mother writes “What this grant means to us is less stress.  We can continue to function as a family.  It gives us assurance that my daughter will have a home to come back to when released from the hospital.  Thank you Claire’s Place Foundation!”

Thank you to all of our donors and supporters who make these grants possible!  Please remember us as we approach #GivingTuesday where your donations will be matched 50% on our Global Giving Page

We are all pulling for you Patricia ~ wishing you a speedy recovery!