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From Shared Passions to Empowering Caregivers

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Written by The Janice Hart Foundation

Hey Everyone, Micah here!

I met Ashley in the fall of 2019 when we were both working for The Walt Disney Company. We connected pretty much immediately, as we both had a lot of similarities. We both studied anthropology, we both love Disney, and we both have a strong desire of helping other people. Ashley and I often talked about what our plans have been, her plans for immigration law and myself with wanting to eventually make my way into the Nonprofit sector. Life has a way of changing things around but we have stayed connected despite life taking us on different paths. Obviously, when she asked me to assist with starting a Nonprofit, it was a no-brainer.

Micah's Grandma and Grandpa

My connection to The Janice Hart Foundation runs fairly deep. I have watched multiple family members, myself included, step into the role of a caregiver at some point or another, in a range of aspects from temporary to full-time. Several years ago, my grandma took care of my grandpa until he was placed in hospice. She visited him daily until his passing, all while her own health was greatly declining. Most recently my father left his job to care for my Oma (my other grandmother), full-time, for over a year. I watched my dad struggle first, with the loss of income and then returning to work after she passed, all while still trying to grieve the loss of a loved one.

Micah with his Oma

I felt like when I was younger family was suppose to watch over their loved ones. As I grew older, I realized it was because of shortfalls of provided care available. The cost to have people come in to care for someone can be astronomical and at times can be more cost effective for family to step in and do the care themselves. So, while family steps up, they then let taking care of themselves fall to the wayside. Mental health issues become more prevalent because they cannot always get the help they need while caring for their loved one. Some caregivers even begin to miss doctor’s appointments and elective healthcare because they don’t have access to people who can help them.

Micah with is Oma (left) and Grandma (right).

Caregivers need assistance and support and The Janice Hart Foundation is here to bridge the gap. I look forward to the future and growth of the organization and hope you follow along the journey!

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