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Letter from our President


As our Executive Director, Shawn Moore, stated in our last newsletter, 2018 was an incredible year for Caregivers on the Homefront.  We are keeping that momentum going as we have been holding on-line/in-person support group meetings.  We are hosting these monthly, so be sure and check out our calendar for dates and times.

In January we hosted “The Weight of Honor” screening.  It was a bitterly cold night, but we had a great turn out with organizations on hand to help out along with a resource fair with lots of food before and after the screening.  In May, the City of Independence will be hosting 'The Weight of Honor' at the Pharaoh Cinema 4, so if you missed out seeing the screening because of the weather in January, please come join us on May 29th at 6 pm. 

We are continuing with the mission of Caregivers on the Homefront by:
  • Hosting our first of two Caregiver Mental Health and Wellness Restorative Weekends at Unity Village the weekend of May 31st.
  • In April, we are holding a workshop for Suicide Prevention called QPR Gatekeeper.  Check out our website for details on dates and time.
  • June 29th, we are holding our 1st Annual 5k/Will you Walk with me at the Liberty Memorial.  Come join us and our sponsors from 7am-10am.  Bring the kids so they can enjoy the KCPD Mounted Patrol from 7-9.
Our Executive Director has been very busy advocating for the veteran and their caregivers by traveling to Jefferson City, Nashville, and Washington DC all while going to college to get her Masters in Social Work.  She still finds time to also share her story with the Caregiving Podcast Network, while her husband Bryan, was interviewed by John Losh on 102.7FM, getting the word out for Caregivers on the Homefront.  She will be presenting at the Mental Health KC Conference in April, “Suicidality-It’s a Family Affair”.

Shawn was one of five winners for the Caregiving Visionary Award by Caregiving.com  She will be honored at the Fourth Annual National Caregiving Conference which happens November 7-10, 2019, at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare.

Our Program Director, Rachel Moyers, was selected to be the 2019 Missouri Dole Caregiver Fellow where she will actively advocate for all military and veteran caregivers.
 
We continue to be humbled by your donations and continued support to help us to provide care for you and your loved ones!

Susan Moore
President
Caregivers on the Homefront Inc.

Caregiver Spotlight
Becky Ralston
  1. Have you had peer support during your caregiver journey?
    Until recently, not much.  I had a couple of military wives over the years I was close with and who understood the journey, but things outside of my control happened and those relationships no longer exist, which lead to me feeling even more isolated and alone.    Currently, I feel like I have a great peer support group and I look forward to increasing that base and making the most out of those relationships.

  2. What value has peer support been for you personally?
    I cannot put a value on it.  I didn’t realize how much I needed a peer support group until I was blessed with one.  I’m much more comfortable with my journey now.  I am relieved to know that there are many others out there in similar situations and I can reach out to them and they will get it.   I had no idea how much I needed a peer support group, so it is invaluable to have.

  3. What benefits do you think a new caregiver could receive from a structured peer support program?
    A voice.  A feeling of belonging.  A place for resources.  A place to vent, to obtain suggestions, solutions, or words of wisdom.  A place to be heard and seen, if you will, a place to be loved and respected and sometimes cared for.  A place to be able to regroup, to focus on yourself, and a place to be refreshed.

  4. What words of wisdom can you share with other caregivers?
    Keep going.  Caregiving is hard.  Life is hard.  There are always going to be challenges and setbacks, but try to focus on all the positives in your life.  No matter what your journey is, in that moment there is always a positive.  Find the positive(s), focus on it and remember to breathe.  Find your “tribe”, because you are NOT alone.  Take time for yourself, do not try to burn the candle at both ends and do not feel guilty about taking time for you.  And remember you were given this life because you are strong enough to handle it.  You got this!!!!
     

    Thank you, Becky, for sharing your
    words of wisdom with us! We are so
    blessed to have you in our tribe! 

A look at Our First Quarter

January Weight of Honor Screening
KMBC 9 News Interview with Shawn Moore

VA Continues Community Suicide Prevention Challenge at another Mayor’s Challenge Policy Academy

The Kansas City team is working hard for you!

VA and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) came together March 27-29 in Arlington, Virginia for the second annual Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide among service members, Veterans, and their families.

The goal of the Mayor’s Challenge is to eliminate suicide by using a comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention that empowers communities to take action. The Mayor’s Challenge brings participating cities together to form inter-agency teams dedicated to increasing suicide prevention resources for Veterans in their communities.

Upcoming Events

Sign Up Now for Our Next Free QPR Suicide Prevention Class!

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

What is a Gatekeeper?

According to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide.

Gatekeepers can be anyone, but include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

Our next class will be:

April 27, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Continental Breakfast will be served!

Pleasant Valley Baptist Church
1600 MO-291
Liberty, MO 64086

Room 317
Cost: FREE
RSVP 
 

Registration now open for Mental Health Kansas City 2019!
Friday, May 3 | Kansas City, Mo.


Mental Health Kansas City (MHKC) is a day-long community conference focused on educating attendees about mental health and overall wellbeing.

Shawn Moore will be speaking at one of the breakout sessions.

This conference allows social service providers, business leaders, first responders, human resource staff and community members interested in learning more about mental health the opportunity to:

  • Attend some of the 15+ breakout sessions focused on mental health, trauma and mental health corporate education and awareness.
  • Network with peers also interested in shattering the stigma surrounding mental illness.
  • Learn about community resources and education programs available.
Don’t miss the opportunity to join us at Cerner Innovations, May 3, to educate yourself and help Kansas City break the stigma surrounding mental illness!

Register Here

We look forward to seeing you!
Metro Council

Weight of Honor Movie Screening
 

Date And Time

Wed, May 29, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT

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Location

Pharaoh Cinema 4
114 W Maple Ave
Independence, MO 64050

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You are invited to join The City of Independence, a Hidden Heroes City, The Elizabeth Dole Foundation and Caregivers on the Homefront for an intimate look at the journey of military and veteran caregivers. Included in the free event is a resource fair, appetizers and beverages as well as a question and answer panel after the screening with Gina Hill, who is one of the caregivers in the film, and other local veteran caregivers. Operation Gratitude will also be in the house for the evening with a special gift for any veteran caregiver that comes out! 

For Free Tickets Click Here.


THE WEIGHT OF HONOR is the first comprehensive documentary to chronicle the lives of the caregivers and families of veterans who have been catastrophically wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The film’s subjects are five spouses and one mother 1 who give a rare glimpse into their lives, as everyone grapples with finding a ‘new normal’ after the devastating effects of wartime injuries. Filmed over five years, in many states, this journey reveals the thoughts and struggles of the caregivers tasked with the 24/7 care of once able-bodied and self-assured sons and husbands, but are now dependent on others. The life of the caregiver is often unsung and hidden.

THE WEIGHT OF HONOR reveals disrupted lives, ongoing uncertainties, and the courage and strength of these women as they make a new home during the most calamitous time of their lives. Included are key interviews with veterans who are now serving in Congress and experts who give their insight into the new reality of what it means for a wounded warrior to come home.

DISCLAIMER -
SOME SCENES IN THE FILM CAN BE
TRIGGERING FOR VETERANS.


Hidden Heroes Cities

To inspire participation, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation established Hidden Heroes Cities, a growing network of cities and counties dedicated to streamlining services to military caregivers and sharing best practices.

https://www.elizabethdolefoundation.org/hidden-heroes/

 

Silent Auction 

Check out our silent auction items below. These will be available to bid on at the screening!

Caregivers on the Homefront's 1st Annual

Will You Walk With Me? 5K Fun Walk/Run

June 29, 2019 at the National WWI Memorial

Let's Start a Conversation

A walk for awareness of Veteran and First Responder suicide and those that love them.

First responder suicides are at a rate that is higher than their line of duty deaths. Thirty-one officers have already taken their own lives since the first of the year. Our veterans are taking their lives at a rate of twenty a day. Can you imagine being one of those mothers or fathers, sons or daughters, husbands or wives that wake up each day without their loved one?

Our community is in a crisis and it is time to act now to prevent these senseless deaths. No more being reactive! It is time to be proactive!

Caregivers on the Homefront is holding its first annual “Will You Walk with Me?” 5K walk/run on June 29, 2019 at the National WWI Memorial 2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri starting at 7:00 AM. A walk for awareness of veteran and first responder suicide and those that love them. We are asking you to join us in making a difference. We want to start the conversation about suicide.  We must make this difficult topic a common conversation and destigmatize the shame and guilt associated with suicide and mental health. We invite walkers, runners, joggers, and rollers of all ages to come out and participate. Even if you can’t join in the race, come support a great cause and start a conversation!

Funds raised from this event will provide the education needed to identify the common causes of suicidal behavior, the warning signs of suicide, and how to get help for someone in a crisis.

Click Here to Sign Up!

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Calendar

April
27th QPR Suicide Prevention Class
28th  Online Support Group 

May
19th  Caregiver Support Group 
19th  Online Support Group
29th  Weight of Honor Movie Screening
31st   MH&W Restorative Weekend

June
29th   Will You Walk with Me Walk/Run

Call to Action!

STOP VETERAN, FIRST RESPONDER and FAMILY MEMBER SUICIDE NOW!


Our home town of Kansas City recently lost a police officer to suicide. Our hearts wept when we heard the news. One more family must suffer the unending loss of a dad, husband, son, brother, co-worker, as well as someone who kept our city safe. I know firsthand how the family is feeling. I almost lost my husband to suicide a year ago. In fact, when I got to the scene, I thought he was dead. You see, this touches my heart for several reasons. I was a police officer for fourteen years.

Did you know that police officer suicides are at a rate that is higher than their line of duty deaths? Thirty one officers have already taken their own lives since the first of the year. Our veterans are taking their lives at a rate of twenty a day. Can you imagine being one of those mothers or fathers, sons or daughters, husbands or wives that wake up each day without their loved one?

Our communities are in a crisis and it is time to act now to prevent these senseless deaths. No more being reactive! It is time to be proactive! You can make a difference in the lives of your community today by giving a donation that will provide the education needed to identify the common signs of suicidal behavior, the warning signs of suicide, and how to get help for someone in a crisis. That education is called QPR Gatekeeper Training which is a proven program to prevent suicide. 

Caregivers on the Homefront will start teaching these classes in April. We believe that our caregivers and anyone who lives, works plays, goes to school and church with veterans and first responders will benefit from this training. There is no reason for anyone to lose a loved one to suicide. 

BE A HERO FOR OUR HEROES AND DONATE TODAY TO THIS LIFE-SAVING PROGRAM! WE HAVE COMMUNITIES TO TRAIN, INCLUDING YOU!

You can receive more information by contacting us.

To Our Donors

The difference YOU are making in the lives of our caregivers:


These are some quotes that we have received through emails and social media the first quarter of this year:

  • Good morning Shawn I would like to say thank you very much for my caregiver gift that I received in the mail this past Saturday God only knows how much it made me feel your organization has really been the only one that has reached out and really showed me some love as a caregiver for my husband, some of the other organizations makes me feel that they have totally forgotten all about the Vietnam veterans, again thank you so very much.
    Frances
     
  • I just received a birthday card from you all. I just want to say thank you!!! You guys made my day. ❤🇺🇸 Megan
     
  • Thank you for the amazing welcome package! what an awesome surprise to come home too!! Christina
     
  • I can't thank you enough for allowing me to attend the meeting last evening. Just to be able to talk with other Caregivers was such a huge relief! Dawn
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