The main challenge faced by caregivers - isolation. We focus on "Making the World a Little Less Lonely". Help us raise funds to provide additional support to caregivers of Veterans and mental health families.
It has been a very busy December for us all but the support we see has been fantastic! Thank you all - please keep spreading the word!
On this Giving Tuesday, we ask you look at your neighbors and family. In this world, not all have family. We all know someone that requires help and care from others. Whether that be grandma needing help with putting up the Christmas tree or the next door neighbor who is a veteran needing help getting to the VA for a medical appointment. Our idea became reality when our families ran into unexpected life events. We realized that caregivers don't receive the proper support or respite options to help care for their loved ones or themselves. While the main issue with caregivers appears to be isolation, stress and financial burdens follow close behind. All of these factors happened to us. We quickly realized that people would send messages stating to contact them if help was needed, only to quickly learn that words may not always lead to actions. Our goal is to minimize the feeling of being alone. While there are caregiver agencies, the problem is that they run on schedules and depend on other agencies (such as insurance) to pay before services are provided. We never want other caregivers to feel as we did. Life doesn't work on scheduled slots. Waiting for an agency to arrive in order to run a simple errand shouldn't require phone calls and feeling as if you are placing burden on others. Our dream is to provide additional support to caregivers that face similar obstacles at no cost to them. This can be anything from respite that allows flexible scheduling for the individual, helping them schedule appointments, providing health and mental care, fixing food insecurities, cleaning, providing additional medical supplies, helping them with basic needs such as understanding what their medical provider are trying to tell them and much MUCH more. But that is not the only thing we want to do. We want to extend this option to all. An individual should not have to be disabled or elderly in order to receive help. Not all have families and some choose to not have children. And like all of us, they also worry about who will help them if they were to go on vacation or have procedure that may require someone to help them with basic life skills. We want no one to feel alone or helpless. Some individuals have no issues and simply want another person to share coffee with. Most of us have seen the elderly man at McDonald's having breakfast alone. Chances are, if you go sit with them, it will make them happy. We want to make the world a little less lonely, one person at a time. In order to extend this option, we need your help. Help us feel the gap to be able to open our arms to all that may not have someone to help them or even be there for them. Your contributions will allow us to extend support to all individuals that may need additional support and friendship.
The picture is that of our my dear friend and mother of a co-founder. Even on her worse days, she went above and beyond to show the love she had for everyone. On the day the picture was taken, she had spent almost an hour attempting to wrap her granddaughters Christmas present. She knew it would be the last and it took all of her strength. The compassion and love she shared with me will always hold a special place in my heart. The Dolphin Rose name was inspired in her owner. Her love for dolphins fit well considering she had always been a protector.
A little story about our name, the inspiration behind the name comes from the two women that have a very special place in my heart. The Native Americans believe that dolphins represent transformation, healing, and spiritual growth. They are also known to be protectors. Our foundation surrounds around the idea that we must protect and take care of each other and with that we use faith. Rose comes from the roses of Mary who asked those to believe and have faith.