Support Ribbon of Hope’s General Mission
Where does the giving go?
Gift Tote Bag:
Each new patient referral receives a gift tote bag which includes comfort items that are not typically available through the hospital. Items include a lap robe that has proven useful to patients during treatment, gender specific hat, hand lotion for sensitive skin, a C101 10-Year Planner, and reading material.
Monthly Encouragement Cards:
Each month Ribbon of Hope volunteers send out encouragement cards to each of our patients. We often hear how important the cards are to patients. The cards serve as an ongoing reminder that someone remembers them and is praying for them as they walk with cancer.
Bereavement Care & Caregiver Support Group:
For those who have lost a family member to cancer, the ability to grieve and morn the loss is important to finding a new sense of normal. Through our support group we offer stability to family members who are in the midst of life changing transition.
Caregiver Support provides a safe place for caregivers to share their fears and frustrations while gaining practical skills for coping.
Children & Youth Support Program:
A parent diagnosed with cancer can have a profound and potentially negative impact on minor aged children living in the home. Ribbon of Hope provides a support pro- gram for children whose parents have been diagnosed with cancer. Ethan and Zoey introduce children to the Oncology Department of a hospital and a professional counselor is available to help parents discern signs of healthy and unhealthy behaviors.
Patient Emergency Fund:
Though Ribbon of Hope does not consider itself a social service organization, human need is apparent as we walk with people who have limited emotional and spiritual support. Utility expenses, food costs, transportation assistance, building a ramp for a needy patient are all examples of how we use this fund. We often attempt to have materials donated for such projects, but it’s not always possible. This resource is available based fund availability and after other social service options are exhausted.
Cancer in and of itself is difficult. For the single parent or the unemployed patient Christmas can be a very lonely time. Each year ROH adopts up to its 15 neediest families in an attempt to bring Christmas home for the holidays. Each year gifts, food and comfort items are purchased and delivered. When asked why we offer this service, we are able to share about the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ.
Resource material to encourage the patient:
Ribbon of Hope has a supply of reading material available for distribution as needed. Most of our resources are written by people of faith specifically for the cancer patient. Books include, “When You Can’t Come Back” and “Do Not Lose Heart” by Dave Dravecky, the NIV “Encouragement Bible” and “When God Doesn’t Make Sense” by Dr. James Dobson