Craig's back is beginning to feel the stress of accumulated years of lifting... he adores his daughter, a single smile from whom can banish cumuli and polar vortices -- but as the sole caregiver for a couple of decades, his back feels the strain of the lifting and carrying... And that's just part of the story. Governments aren't always the best organizers and deliverers of help-- and the difficulties that arise in ordering parts for her wheelchair make the offer of help in that department all but fictive. Plus, you should hear the special challenges fathers of daughters face in trying to care for their long-beloved kids. (It would break your heart.) This man, like all family caregivers of the severely disabled, deserves the best week off that we can give him.
Just north of the San Juan Islands-- a different pace. Caregivers on getaway frequently speak of what islanders will recognize as a different pace of life-- island time. It's a pocket of timelessness, really.
The Parliament Building at night-- a perennial favorite. The ever-upbeat Marina caught the glow.
Join us for an evening of Jazz, Poetry + Fundraising. Featuring actress & jazz chanteuse Molly Ringwald, former US poet laureate Robert Pinsky, and world-touring jazz pianist Laurence Hobgood.
Encore.org has named CAREGIFTED Founder and Executive Director, Heather McHugh, as one of its 2013 Purpose Prize Fellows. The award recognizes Heather's second act career to bring attention to the undersung contributions of long-term caregivers by providing them with all-expense-paid getaways. By supporting CAREGIFTED with the funds from her 2009 McArthur "Genius" Grant for Poetry, McHugh spends her time running the organization, raising money and acting as concierge on some caregiver gifted getaways.