FCA Partners with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

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Family Caregiver Alliance works in partnership with many organizations on behalf of caregivers—providing them direct assistance through information, training and education, or through advocacy and support of caregiving legislation. One such partner is the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. We recently hosted the webinar, Family Caregiving 101: A Roadmap for the Journey, as part of a Caregiver Education Series for the members of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. We are also working with them as part of their Elder Care Initiative, in support of their goal to help reduce elder abuse. The following letter is from Mary Breaux Wright, International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

The sorority which I am honored to lead, Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority, Inc. (www.zphib1920.org), is an international sorority predominantly of African-American women. Zeta Phi Beta was founded on January 16, 1920, at Howard University, to establish a new organization predicated on the precepts of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood and Finer Womanhood. Our Founders believed this sorority could reach college women in all parts of the country who were sorority-minded and desired to follow the founding principles of the organization. Since then, women with diverse backgrounds have joined our organization to further promote Zeta’s ideals and continue the legacy of our Founders.

We have a long, rich history of over 94 years of putting this belief into action and serving the communities in which we live. More than ever, Zetas are community-conscious and action-oriented. We have collaborated with our partners and agencies who believe in Zeta’s mission, and our impact is greater because we work together. Even though 94 years have passed and much work has been done since our founding, clearly many problems in our nation remain and so our core belief is as relevant now as it was then. When I became International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, I saw an opportunity to help address a major health concern of our day, that of caring for the older adults in our nation, and by extension, the education and support of their caregivers.

The populations of older adults and their caregivers are growing at a brisk pace, and I wonder if we as a nation are ready to support them and provide what they need. Through our Elder Care Initiative, the members of Zeta Phi Beta and auxiliaries will do our part to raise awareness of, and help provide for, the needs of older adults and their caregivers.

As part of our Elder Care Initiative, we are also partnering with Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) to join in the effort to educate family caregivers, professionals in the aging and disability fields, policymakers and others. We also know that access to information, training, support and respite can help to reduce elder abuse. Family Caregiver Alliance has been instrumental in providing relevant information to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s members through webinars. Now we are expanding knowledge about FCA’s resources to others in the community. Please visit their website at www.caregiver.org to access their Fact Sheets, archived webinars, Family Care Navigator, and specialized information about the stages of caregiving from preparation to post-caregiving. Zeta Phi Beta will also join their efforts to support National Family Caregiver Month each year in November.

I am proud to serve Zeta as its International President and to lead a great organization dedicated to the precepts of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood and Finer Womanhood. Likewise, Zetas are honored to partner with FCA to do our part to improve the care of older adults, support their caregivers and decrease the risk of abuse. My hope is that other sororities and fraternities in the United States will join us in this cause, lending their voice and energies to help end elder abuse.

Zeta Phi Beta believes that service to the community is our greatest legacy. Join us in building a legacy where older adults can age with dignity and their caregivers can continue their efforts.

Mary Breaux Wright,
International President
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Thursday, March 27, 2014