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Introducing Self Care Sundays

January 12, 2021

Claire’s Place Foundation has been busy formulating a new program for our supporters, to thank you for your dedication to Claire’s legacy and mission. As we start a new year, we hope the Instagram Stories series we are calling “Self Care Sundays,” helps you turn the page and nourishes your mind, appetite and skillset.

Each Sunday this month we will feature a different lesson hosted by leading experts on Claire’s Place Foundation’s Instagram. From workouts, art, mindfulness, cooking and more, the series aims to give you a thoughtful end to your weekend and a positive start to your week.

We launched the Self Care Sundays Instagram Live sessions at the onset of 2021 and they have been extremely successful. Mark your calendars for our next three!

Tune in to Claire’s Place Foundation’s Instagram and Facebook channels for all the details and added sessions. All of the Instagram videos will be saved in “Highlights ~ Self Care Sunday” and on our website if you want to revisit them in the future or share with friends & family.

We love you and are so grateful for your support in 2020. Let’s make 2021 a strong year by remembering to take care of ourselves and make positive changes.

Find out more about our contributors:

Ashley Azevedo: @Ashley_Azevedo

Maribeth McFaul: @Maribeth_McFaul

Bailey Vantassel: @bailey_vantassel

Amy Budden: @connectthemind

Katie Chin: @chefkatiechin

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Save the Date

November 14, 2020

GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity – to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal.
Support Claire’s Place this GivingTuesday and help us continue to care for the Cystic Fibrosis community.
This year, every donation up to $20,000 will be matched 100%

A very special THANK YOU to our donors that helped us build our $20,000 Match Fund: Chris & Mabel Bland, Brittany Weinstein, NorthStar Moving Company, Hermosa Cyclery, Dave Gersholowitz, Irwin & Deb Feinberg, Shreeyak Sajjan and Marj Fariss

“Live a life you are proud of”
Secure your custom, limited edition Claire Quote Pin Set by being one of the first 10 people to donate $100 to our GivingTuesday Match Campaign

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Thank you!

October 30, 2020

Thank you to Human for partnering with us to bring much needed technology to our Work Proudly Program Participants.

Human-I-T provides low-income individuals and nonprofits with technology, internet, and digital training. By reusing instead of recycling electronics, our team transforms E-Waste into opportunities for underserved communities, while promoting digital inclusion and online access. We work with corporations, government entities, nonprofits, and general public to achieve this goal.

We reached out to this wonderful organization when starting our pilot program and are blown away by their generosity! Just last week we picked up 10 laptop computers complete with brand new operating systems, technical support for one year and information on low cost internet.

This will make such a huge impact as we work to get our CF community in to sustainable work from home job training

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2 Years Later ~ Claire’s Legacy Lives On

September 1, 2020

Year Two. Everyone knows year one after a loved one’s passing is going to be heartbreaking and excruciatingly difficult. And yes, it does get easier. Not easier because you miss them less, but easier because you have learned how to get up and keep going while you miss them. Easier because you’ve found new ways to honor their memory. Easier because, well, you just have to be gentle with yourself.

Year Two is about settling into your new normal. And, if you’re lucky, learning how to keep your loved one’s dream alive and their impact felt. 

And, Claire’s Place has been truly fortunate to have all of you working with us to keep Claire’s legacy alive. Keeping her magical impact present and growing. What a year we have all created together.

In Year One – We raised $572,069 dollars and  assisted over 150 families and 100 individuals living with cystic fibrosis.

In Year Two – We raised $430,558 dollars and have been able to assist over 100 families and 100 individuals living with cystic fibrosis.

Since Claire passed in 2018, we have raised more money and helped more families than all the previous years combined.

Our numbers and our impact are still going strong!

We’ve built our second Claire’s Place Playroom at Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital in California and we started two new programs: the Covid-19 Relief Fund and the Work Proudly Program

We know Claire would have rolled up her sleeves and gotten busy making a difference for CF families facing the harsh financial realities wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under Melissa’s guidance, we formed a new program, The Covid Support Fund, to assist families with CF with basic necessities and grocery money due to loss of work. Thanks to the amazing outpouring of love from all of you, we have raised almost $59,000 and assisted over 300 individuals with this program alone.

CF families are faced with harsh financial choices when caring for a loved one in the hospital. Our Extended Hospital Stay Program, our first program, has been able to help over 150 families this past year. Giving, at least, financial peace of mind to families so they could sit by their child’s bedside in the hospital for weeks on end. And, hopefully, those donations let those CFers and their families know: they were not alone, we were all sitting there in spirit with them. 

We have been listening to you. And, we know, as wonderful as the Extended Hospital Stay Program is at helping CF families in need, some folks need a longer term solution; a way to earn a living while they are in the hospital, or caring for a loved one with CF, or managing and balancing their CF with their work lives. This year, we are so excited to roll out the Work Proudly Program with the help of an Impact Grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In 2020, we will be helping 15 people, who either have CF or are CF caregivers,  learn a trade that can be done from anywhere.  People want to work, they want to be empowered, they just need the right training so they can learn how to manage their jobs from home, or the hospital, or from wherever this wild CF ride takes them. 

And sprinkling some magic dust in the hospital, was right up Claire’s alley. With many thanks to our friend and sponsor, Zappos for Good, we have rolled out our second Hospital Playroom to put a little corner of sunshine in hospitals for children and their families. The Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Playroom had to forego it’s grand opening due to COVID-19 safety concerns but it’s ready when the world is! 

Claire had wanted the foundation to get a new logo for well, for a very long time! And she’d begun working on it before she passed. We were proud to have our little logo grow up and, big secret, the new website that Claire had always wanted is in the works too, we hope to roll it out in 2021 in honor of our 10 year anniversary. Stay tuned! 

Our first Clairity Ball in June of 2019, was such a wonderful success thanks to you and to our generous sponsors Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Zappos for Good, International Biophysics Corporation and YouTube Originals. Unfortunately, our plans for this year’s Gala and the always fun Glow Ride are on hold until we can all be together safely. We’re truly missing all of you. Stay in touch with us on Instagram and Facebook. We’re here, we’re still working for the community, we’re just hunkered down.

And while you’re hunkered down…. Why not watch the amazing YouTube Originals documentary “Claire” by academy award winning director Nick Reed and Ryan Azevedo. Talk about keeping Claire’s message growing, the documentary, which was released just one year ago, has now touched over ten million people with views across Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

We did it! Thanks to YOU! We survived. And, we’re hoping Claire would think we’ve thrived. Looking forward to what we can all continue to create in the years to come. 

Grateful always for all of you and for the opportunity to keep Claire’s legacy alive,

Laura McHolm, Chairman of the Board

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Introducing our Work Proudly Program

July 27, 2020

Inspired by Claire Wineland and her pursuit as a young adult with CF trying to find a creative way to support herself financially while managing all of her extensive medical needs.

Thank you to the CF Foundation for your Impact Grant awarded to our program. We are so excited to begin working to help our CF community become more fully self supporting.

Find out more about our program here: Work Proudly Program

Earline, single mother of 6 and our first participant in our Work Proudly Program