Diocese of Joliet, IL February 1, 2018. Nourish for CaregiversTM provides parishes with the necessary resources to launch an ongoing caregiver ministry supporting the practical, emotional and spiritual needs of family caregivers, all with a Christ-centered focus. Simple to implement, with powerful and lasting results, Nourish for Caregivers helps parishes equip a lay-led team to respond to the current crisis facing America and Catholics today – the millions who are juggling the challenges of life, health, career and caring for a loved one.
According to National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP 2015 Report Caregiving in the US, there are more than 43.5 million caregivers in the United States, and virtually everyone, at some point in their life, will care for someone in their family. Nourish for Caregivers focuses on caring for the caregiver, as well as providing resources to support caring for their loved ones, which aligns with the Catholic Church’s long history of ministering to people during times of stress and transition.
“Nourish for Caregivers is the first of its kind -- providing an outlet for learning, sharing and growing, along with the exchange of ideas, solutions and encouragement all within the framework of our Catholic faith”, according to Deb Kelsey Davis, co-founder. While many resources and support groups exist for caregivers, Nourish for Caregivers is the only one to provide the spiritual support within the framework the Catholic Church.
Nourish for Caregivers is a faith-based program designed to meet the practical, emotional and spiritual needs of family caregivers, where they are, in their faith community. Nourish for Caregivers responds to the call for the New Evangelization as it reaches out in support during a vulnerable time, extending the love and mercy of Christ. Nourish for Caregivers helps family caregivers find a spiritual home in the Church, learning to thrive and grow in their faith as they care for a loved one.
With a two year beta test completed in early 2017 followed by the successful onboarding of the Diocese of Joliet parishes, Nourish is now available to roll out across the United States. For more information on Nourish for Caregivers, or to launch an introductory “Prepare to Care” Workshop in your Diocese, please visit www.nourishforcaregivers.com.