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Faith2Care

To find all caregivers who need help, and connect them with people of love and compassion in their community, who will help them.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it better support family caregivers as they care for a loved one with dementia?

Faith2Care is designed for caregivers who are overwhelmed and need help. Each caregiver family is unique and has different needs. F2C brings caring, compassionate people from their community into their home and asks "How can I help you?" The F2C website resources tool lists relevant government, business, nonprofit, and University links. And, through its online presence, and crowdsourcing, F2C raises 'awareness' about caregiver families. This also creates 'market' awareness and opportunities.

Faith2Careis not affiliated with any faith-based organization or religion.  It is a startup 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit.

 Faith2care is organized solely to bring help to caregiver families who need help.  Real help.  People coming to their homes to find out what help they need and then making it happen individually or with the help of their faith community.  This is volunteer work, no charge, ever.

How Does It Work?

F2C is a website that will be a hub to connect three groups.  The first group is the caregiver families.  Through crowd-sourcing (enlisting the help of millions on the internet, Facebook, etc…), targeted social media, advertising, and word of mouth,  we will find millions of caregivers that desperately need help. 

Finding the caregivers means getting them to www.faith2care.org to fill out an online contact information form.  It is a simple form and easy to fill out. There is no cost. 

At the same time, we will be using the same online tools to find ‘people of faith’, the second group.  These are people who are part of an ‘organized’ faith community.  They will also fill out a contact form.  Their form will be longer because we want to be able to verify their connection to a ‘faith community’ which has some level of accountability. They will fill out the name, address, phone, etc… for the local faith community they belong to, including the name of the current leadership.

Here Is The Fun Part!

When the website sees a match of a caregiver and a 'person of faith' living in the same zip code, Faith2care will make the connection and send an email to the caregiver with the person of faith's name, email address and contact information for their faith organization.

Once the caregiver feels comfortable, after calling the local faith organization of the other person, and is ready to pursue communicating directly, they will be able to email them and begin a friendship.

When the person of faith meets with the caregiver at their house for the first time, they need to be in ‘assessment mode’, observing and asking about anything the caregiver needs.  One of the greatest things the caregiver could use is real friends, emotional support, love, and to know they are not alone in this overwhelmingly difficult stage of their life.

If they eventually determine the caregiver needs a professional nurse to come in and give the caregiver a respite break or even regular help, that is fine, as long as the person of faith comes up with a way to pay for it. 

Online tools 

The third group is the resource group.  This is made up of all the businesses, nonprofits, research universities, local, state, and federal government offices, that have resources for caregivers. Many organizations see the problems caregivers face.  So they put out materials to give advice, or hotlines to call to talk to trained professionals.   Others have created relevant products to sell that help.  Some offer services of trained people or nurses to work directly with the family member who has the health condition.  

Faith2Care will list these groups by category and geographic location to make it easy for the caregiver and 'person of faith' to find information relevant to each caregiver’s situation or the stage of decline their loved one is in. 

Faith2Care provides an incredible win/win for this resources group.  They will now have the direct and indirect opportunity to be found by all those signed up with Faith2care.org  Through the online reach of F2C the possibilities for surveys, dissemination of educational materials and other information will be possible to all three groups.

Faith2Care will provide free links to all resource entities.  There will also be the opportunity to be listed as a sponsor or partner with F2C through donations.

current status and funding for f2c

We have moved from idea, to dream, to startup.  F2C has secured grant funding and has hired full and part-time staff along with volunteers.  A professional website development company has built out the majority of the website which is near completion.  An official launch date is not yet set.

Together we can find all the caregivers who need help and connect them with people of love and compassion in their community, who will help them.


What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

I am lining up my connections to a large non-denominational church in my area who have a community organizer group within their faith community. My plan is to meet with them, and because they are so big, find out who in their community are caregivers and run both groups through the website making the connections of those who don't know each other and having them follow the email and website instructions of how to make the first face to face meeting and assessment. Then we will revise.

What skills, input, or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

I am reconsidering changing the name from Faith2care, to Community2care. I have been approached by some people who are not affiliated with a faith-based community and still want to participate. I currently have a way to do that on the website being built, but the name change would facilitate it even better. I am curious to everyone's insight and opinion on this. Thanks!

How long has your idea existed?

  • 0-3 months

This idea emerged from

  • An Individual

Tell us about your work experience:

I am a former counselor. I was also an entrepreneur as a residential real estate developer. I am currently a professional speaker and professional Alzheimer's and Caregiver advocate.

How would you describe this idea while in an elevator with someone?

As a nonprofit, Faith2care is a free service that finds caregiver families who need help and connects them, with compassionate people in their community, who want to help them. We find both groups of people by using social media crowdsourcing. We also provide easy access to all the local, regional, and national resources available offered by businesses, nonprofits, and Universities.

How does your idea demonstrate our Criteria of Accessibility?

Faith2care is fully accessible to all caregiver families. There is no cost or charge in any way to participate. Faith2care is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit and raises money through donations, gifts, and grants. The website offers at least four ways for individuals to donate or help fundraise. The largest financial support will come directly from related businesses and organizations who want greater visibility with participating caregivers by becoming sponsors or partners with Faith2care.

How does your idea demonstrate or plan to demonstrate scalability?

Because Faith2care is internet based, with a website and database as its platform and using social media and digital media and crowdsourcing as its outreach, there are no limits to its scalability other than minor language barriers. This time next year we plan to pursue operating in Canada, the UK, and Australia by adjusting the database, the matching mechanism, and pursuing the business connections.

How do you plan to measure the impact of your idea?

The scope of the impact Faith2care can have on caregiver families, volunteers, businesses, organizations and research universities could be huge and beyond the room we have here to list. But to start we will be able to easily track the number of connections. The impact will be different for each family due to their needs and the resources of the volunteers to help them. But by creating a unique well-designed database and using surveys, we will identify the more common areas of impact.

What are your immediate next steps after the Challenge?

Launching the almost built-out website is the next step. Then concurrently, launching the crowdsourcing aspects through social media and advertising campaigns, building the website deeper by continually adding more businesses and organizations to the resource area, and building relationships with sponsors and partners.

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Good luck with your campaign @Brian Kursonis !

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@Brian - Id love to connect if you have some time?

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Hi Tonia!
I have some time this weekend. I am just finishing up today and have to get ready for a Christmas party. My email is: brian@faith2care.org
Talk to you soon.
-Brian

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Brian, I think this could be a good match for us. It could be that folks get raining from my site and then are matched up at your site to help in the person' home. We should think about it ....Hope you are well!! And staying warm. Karen Being in the Moment

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Hi Brian,

What certification, credentialing and vetting would you have for caregivers?

Would people have specific training on dementia?

How could this scale?

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Hi Kate,
Thank you for the questions! In the post of my idea, I explain that the help given to the caregiver is anything and everything EXCEPT, being involved directly with the person they are caring for. The only exception is if that person has formal training and/or certifications. Caregivers need help with a myriad of things unrelated to the direct care of their loved one. They are so busy with their loved one that they cannot attend to much else.

Therefore there is no need for the visiting help to have training of any kind in regards to dementia because they will not be interacting with that person directly. My idea/plan is to remove as many barriers as possible that would hinder people who want to help caregivers.

There may be visiting helpers who want to get some training because they realize that will allow them to help the caregiver more, and that is fine. The website will list multiple types and sources of training available. Professional respite care sources will also be listed.

Because the plan is so simple, and internet-based, scaling from 100 caregivers to 16 million caregivers could happen immediately and with no changes. Once the basic infrastructure of the website backend, database management, and automated email system is in place, a small staff of fewer than six people could manage the organization. This also makes it easily duplicatable to other countries with adjustments for cultural differences. The real issue of initial scaling will always be funding.

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Hi Brian,

While I really like the idea, I do have a number of questions / comments. For many of the inside chores you mentioned caregivers would be performing, for dementia specifically, they should have some form of training as they will be interacting from time to time with the person who is living in the home where they are working. Also, how do you know that these caregivers are reliable, have a clean background and drivers license, are who they say they are? What are your guidelines for an incident happening?

There are many people out there that say they are 'caregivers', but in fact are not. These are peoples homes you are placing a caregiver in. I would think about ways to make sure both the giver and receiver are responsible characters.

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Hi Tonia!
If you will read through my idea again, you will see those concerns are all covered. My Board and my advisors are all very experienced former caregivers, many have written books and have businesses that train caregivers. But to answer your concerns, I state in my idea, that the person coming to the caregiver family's home is not to be involved with the person with dementia in any way unless they are a trained and licensed medical professional. Period. As you know, dementia is on a spectrum and each person living with dementia is different, so each situation will be different. I am trusting the caregiver family to know what is best in the aspect of possible interactions. I also encourage the visiting helpers to get training if they want to help with the person with dementia. They will be able to find many different training options on our website.
As for the safety of the Caregiver family, which is also listed clearly on my idea page, the caregiver family will be able to screen the volunteer in multiple ways, and as much as they want to prior to them being invited by the caregiver family to come to their home. The helpers are not posing as professional caregivers. These are simply volunteers who attend a religious or faith-based organization. The organization has to vouch for the volunteer. They may be someone who lives down the street, or across town. Please read the screening process, I think you will feel better about it.

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Hi Brian!

Welcome to the ideas phase! I moved your idea from the refinement phase to here.

I recommend that you sign into your OpenIDEO account and press the 'Edit Contribution' button on your idea submission. There you will see specific questions for the ideas phase and the four opportunity areas for this challenge - https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/caregiving-dementia/ideas/assignments/mission-embracing-the-role1 Please would you select an opportunity area that you think is the best fit for your idea submission.

If you have any questions, please do tag me here using '@' followed by my name (Kate Rushton).