Spring 2015 Letter to FCA Friends and Supporters

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Dear Friend of Family Caregiver Alliance,

Spring is upon us, traditionally a time for renewal and revitalization. For Family Caregiver Alliance, it’s a time for action! Action that raises awareness and provides much needed support for family caregivers (adult children, spouses, partners, and friends caring for loved ones with chronic and progressive diseases or illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, stroke, ALS, Parkinson’s disease or Traumatic Brain Injury).

With a renewed sense of energy, it’s time to plan future programming and services, including educational workshops, respite retreats, support groups, and psycho-educational classes. Our focus is not only on enhancing current internal processes, programs and services and but on developing new, exciting, and innovative ones. We continue to work diligently and strategically to push forward the development of high-quality, cost-effective policies and programs for family caregivers in the bay area and in every state in the country.

To accomplish this you can help in two ways; by making a financial contribution and by giving a little of your time. By giving in these ways you can actively support family caregivers in powerful and positive ways that will improve their caregiving situations and fortify them during their caregiving journey.


Your financial support will fund programs and services that directly benefit family caregivers. Your time spent writing a letter or making a phone call (click here to view a sample letter and here to find your state legislators) to your Senator or Assembly Member will further efforts in our vigorous campaign to restore full funding levels to the California Caregiver Resource Centers (CRC), which were aggressively cut by $7.6 million, 74%, in 2009.

The total CRC allocation has gone down from $10.5 million to the current funding level of only $2.9 million to serve 6 million family caregivers in California! For Family Caregiver Alliance, this striking cut in funding forced us to severely reduce staff, programs, and services including respite grants, educational workshops, caregiver retreats, legal consultation and in-home assessments.

Thank you for joining us to ensure that family caregivers are equipped with what they need and deserve to provide care for their loves ones. We truly appreciate whatever assistance you are able to give ─ it does make a difference.


Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director


Friday, May 15, 2015