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Caregiver Resource Center

At a Glance

  • A place for caregivers to connect with each other;
  • Access resources, experts and support;
  • Manage stress and take time for self-care

About Us

Caring for a loved one with chronic illness is physically and emotionally exhausting — and oftentimes overwhelming.

"No matter what caregivers need — even if it’s just a hug — this center will be there to provide it," says Jim Theisen, who envisioned a center in Dubuque where caregivers can go to feel supported and access resources they need. Jim has generously donated $1 million as a challenge grant to establish an endowment and ensure the center becomes a reality. Our goal is to raise $1 million to match his gift, growing the endowment to $2 million. The annual payout from the endowment will sustain the center for years to come. With your support, we can establish this community center for our region's dedicated caregivers.

What is it? The Caregiver Resource Center will be a place where non-professionals who care for loved ones with chronic illnesses can go for an array of resources — most of which will be at no cost — that support them in their caregiver journey, including:
- Educational, medical and legal library and resources
- Social work assistance
- Support groups
- Stonehill's Wellness Center and massage services

The Caregiver Resource Center will be housed in a new facility on the Stonehill campus in Dubuque, where caregivers will have access to and benefit from the expertise of the Stonehill staff and the organization’s experience serving people with chronic illnesses and their families.

Why is it needed? 78% of adults living in need of long-term care depend on family and friends as their only source of help. However, there are few resources to support these caregivers through the stress of tending to their loved ones' needs while balancing other life matters. The Caregiver Resource Center would be the first of its kind in the Dubuque region — a community resource and gathering place where caregivers can go for support, learn from others, and not feel alone.

What is the benefit? Entire families benefit when caregivers have easy access to the resources they need. Those providing care have the assurance that the help they are receiving is from experts in their fields, while those who are ill benefit from the expert assistance their caregivers receive. Importantly, having a place for self-care means that caregivers and their loved ones can manage the stress that chronic illness can bring to a family.

Mission

Our goal is to raise $1 million to match his gift, growing the endowment to $2 million. The annual payout from the endowment will sustain the center for years to come. With your support, we can establish this community center for our region's dedicated caregivers.

Basic Information

Phone

563-588-2700

Address

Located within Stonehill Communities, Windsor Avenue Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Director

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Success Story

For years, Jim Theisen has cared for his wife, Marita, as she has progressed through Alzheimer’s Disease. While happy to support his spouse, the experience has been physically and emotionally exhausting.

“My mother has been dealing with Alzheimer’s for a number of years, and Dad has been the primary caregiver,” says Chris Theisen. “Recently we’ve had to get the entire family involved. It’s challenging dealing with anybody with a chronic illness. You think you can handle it all by yourself, but at some point in time, you need to reach out to other people.”

In recent years, Jim learned about and visited a center in Cedar Rapids that provides resources and support for caregivers like him and his family members. As Dubuque residents know, Jim leads the community through his generosity and vision, and his visit to Cedar Rapids led him to develop a vision for a caregiver center in Dubuque.

Just as the entire Theisen family has helped care for Marita, the family is supporting Jim’s vision for the Dubuque Area Caregiver Resource Center. Located within Stonehill Communities, the Resource Center will be a place where non-professionals who care for loved ones with chronic illnesses can go to learn, make connections, unwind and take care of themselves. Most of these resources will be available at no cost in the interest of supporting caregivers.

According to a 2004 study cited by the national Caregiver Action Network, 78% of adults in need of long-term care depend on family and friends as their only source of help. Yet there are few resources to support these caregivers through the stress of tending to their loved ones' needs while balancing other life matters. The Caregiver Resource Center would be the first of its kind in the Dubuque region — a community resource and gathering place where caregivers can go for support, learn from others, and not feel alone.

"No matter what caregivers need — even if it’s just a hug — this center will be there to provide it," says Jim. He has generously contributed $1 million as a challenge grant to make the center reality, and he is asking the community to match his gift. Jim envisions the Center will be a sustainable nonprofit that doesn’t need to conduct annual fundraising and create competition with others in the area.

Stonehill already works with social services professionals, making it an ideal organization to provide the space for the Center within its new administrative outreach building and host a coordinator position on its staff. The Center will offer:

Educational, medical and legal library and resources
Social work assistance
Support groups
Stonehill's Wellness Center and massage services
“Stonehill is committed to sharing our experience and expertise in these areas with the broader community,” says Gretchen Brown, president and CEO of Stonehill Communities. “We are so excited to be part of this wonderful initiative for the Dubuque community.”

The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque is assisting the Theisen family in raising $1 million to match Jim Theisen’s challenge grant and create an endowment fund that the Foundation will host. The fund will pay out $100,000 annually, sustaining Center operations forever.

“There will come a point in many of our lives when it will be up to us to care for someone we love, or our loved ones will be providing the care we need,” says Shirley Templeton Vaughn, project coordinator at the Foundation. According to a 2009 report by the National Alliance for Caregiving, in collaboration with AARP, more than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing that care.

“The entire family benefits when caregivers have easy access to the resources they need,” says Templeton Vaughn. “Those providing care have the reassurance that the help they are receiving is coming from experts in their fields, while those who are ill benefit from the expert assistance their caregivers will receive.”

Fund Details

Fund Name

Caregiver Resource Center

Year Founded

2019

Here for you. Shirley Templeton Vaughn Project Coordinator shirley@dbqfoundation.org 563-588-2700

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