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Introducing our Work Proudly Program

February 15, 2021

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
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Share some love with the African American CF Community

February 15, 2021
This Valentine’s Day we are so excited to share a Q&A with a very special guest, Mr Terry Wright. Terry is a fellow CF’er and Founder of the National Organization of African Americans with CF.
The mission of NOAACF is to engage, educate, and raise CF awareness in the African American community.
This community makes up only 5% of the total CF population globally and needs our support.
Terry has lived an incredible and impactful life! He is the recipient of a 2020 Impact Grant from the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation as well as the 2020 Jacoby Angel Award, the highest award of the CF Roundtable, which is produced by the US Adult Cystic Fibrosis Association (USACFA).
Terry likes to plant seeds of life, love, and hope to help bring change for the better for cystic fibrosis patients, their families, and caretakers. He is an Arkansas dual certified Master Gardener and Master Naturalist. He was elected the 2016 Pulaski County Master Gardner of the Year award winner and a finalist for the 2017 Arkansas Master Gardener of the Year. He completed the standard curriculum in Permaculture Design in 2018. He has also been honored to formerly serve on the North Little Rock Green Committee and Commission on Environmental Efficiency. He has an impressive 38-plus year career as a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer (CPFT)
TUNE in at 2pm PT on Valentine’s Day to our Instagram IGTV channel and show him some LOVE in the comments! Be sure to follow them on Facebook and visit their website to get involved and see all the good work they are up to.
**If you can’t make it at that time, the video will be shared on Facebook and our YouTube channel at a later date. <3
Families we have assisted

Meet Elijah ~ A Recent Extended Hospital Stay Grant Recipient

February 12, 2021

Michaela and her husband have 2 young children with cystic fibrosis, both under the age of 3, which can be a full time job in and of itself. Over the last year, they have had 6 combined hospital admissions making it very difficult for the family to keep up with monthly expenses coupled with extended hospital stay costs like food, housing, travel to their local hospital and child care.

Michaela and Elijah

Currently, Elijah is hospitalized recovering from surgery and the family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. We were grateful to receive a referral from their social worker in order to provide them with an Extended Hospital Stay Grant to cover their rent and car payment for the month of February. I love it that Claire’s Place Foundation is a respected resource for families like this. I know Claire would be so proud of the good work her organization continues to do!

Elijah’s mother writes:

How, specifically, has Claire’s Place Foundation helped you and your family?

“Claire’s place foundation allowed us to focus on our baby and not worry about falling behind on our bills for where we live and our main source of transportation.”

Can you please provide a few sentences, in your own words, describing your situation and your feelings about receiving this grant that we can use on our website and in our newsletter?

“When your child has to undergo surgery and stay in the hospital, the last thing you want is to have to worry about paying your bills because of drained funds from your hospital stay. Your heart stops, trying to think about how you are going to pay your bills when your paying ridiculous amounts of money on food and a place to stay. Receiving this grant gives us relief and allows us to focus on what’s most important, our baby.”

Thank you to all who support Claire’s Place so that we can continue supporting our CF community.

Until there’s a cure, there’s Claire’s Place!

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Meet Keith ~ A Work Proudly Program Participant

January 27, 2021

It was a dream of Claire’s to be able to empower people with chronic illness, and reframe the way that society views them. Our new Work Proudly Program does exactly that by assisting CF’ers like Keith on their journey to becoming independent and consistently employed. It is not easy to keep a job or develop your career when you are constantly on the move from medical appointments and keeping up with treatments, but we are thrilled to see our program working for our extraordinary participants! Go Keith! Learn more about our program on our website!
#WorkProudlyWednesday

Keith enjoying life in the great outdoors
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Thank you Human-I-T.org!

October 30, 2020

Thank you to Human I-T.org 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