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@kateia I'm very interested in your support group! Do I need any special training to start a group? I'd like to inquire about starting something at our church. Blessings, JoDee
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I started from scratch!! Worked with my Pastor to apply for a grant through the church. (Back to the grant later) While caring for my mother I attended a class called "Powerful Tools for Caregivers". It is a six week class (1 1/2/ week) that teaches the caregiver how to take care of themselves, how to communicate with siblings without being accusatory, how to be assertive when dealing with the care system, how to find resources, and working to set goals for yourself. The biggest thing was that I wasn't alone in what I was going through. The class in Iowa is run through our Iowa State Extension Service. It is a national program so I'm sure that you could google Powerful Tools to see if classes are in your area. One of my big issues was finding resources that I could work with to help with getting my siblings on board as well as getting mom the help she needed. My idea was to have one "Christian Caregiver" per congregation. I could funnel resources through them to the congregation. For example: support group info, bulletin/newsletter items, classes, and just information on different disorders for them to share. Plus they would be available for support for individuals within the congregation. The "training" that they would receive would be the Powerful Tools class I mentioned above. The grant covered the cost of the handbooks for each of my group. E-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you the Brochures that I have worked up and we can visit further. Our church organization – Lutheran Family Services – has now trained teams in the Powerful Tools for Caregiver program. We have added a Christian touch to the program. Myself and a friend are one of the teams.
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