A Place to Call Home

Imagine being far away from family and in the blink of an eye, having your life dramatically changed. This family came to the Quality of Life in need of support to help with repairs to make their house “a place to call home”. The gift of land prompted this family to move to another state. However, the move and new home presented some challenges. The family was in desperate need of guttering to prevent runoff and puddling. Additionally, the home needed a porch for ease of access and spending time outdoors. QoLF was able to coordinate services to fix these issues and,
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Making a Difference

Dear Quality of Life Foundation & Azalea Charities, I would like to personally thank you for your Holiday Blessing gift cards to our children. As a dual disabled veteran family, it is extremely difficult to allocate our precious income on gifts during the holiday season. But because of your selfless act, we are able to treat our kids to several special presents without the pressure of pulling from our own much-needed funds. This week my husband and I were able to sit down and shop online for the girls worry free. We have decided that our daughter (age 4) will receive an awesome
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Holiday Blessing

Join us as we look to have the sky covered in snowflakes of services! Our families come to us with a particular set of challenges. However, at this time of year, we recognize that it will not be long before the holidays will be upon them and many of their minds will race with ways to brighten the lives of their children and not disappoint the hearts of innocence and the eyes of youth. With that said, we are beginning our Holiday Blessings campaign and are asking you, our partners and friends, to consider making a donation that will not
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Meeting the Long-Term Needs of Caregiving Families

The support and care that QoLF provides to our families transcends checking off the boxes of needs as identified during the initial assessment. At the time, shutters seemed like an odd request however, understanding that the family lived in Florida, and not knowing the full scope of their past experiences, the FSC explored possible options. The FSC was able to coordinate assistance for the family who provided their services at no cost to us or the family. Imagine our surprise when:       In total, QoLF spent $1,888 to support this family, however the total estimated value of support
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Back to School with Splunk

Education is one’s bedrock. Learning the 3 R’s are critical for a successful future. As we approach this time of year, many of us will fulfill school supply lists that have grown tremendously over the years. As teachers struggle to maintain the basic necessities in their classrooms, families are called upon to provide even more of their basic supplies but also supplies to be shared. Many of our families struggle with maintaining housing, basic utilities, transportation and clothing. The added pressure of mechanical pencils, multiple binders, and scientific calculators is too much to bear. Thanks to the generosity of Splunk,
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Renovating Hope Grant

Once again,  Renovating Hope offered Quality of Life Foundation a grant for caregivers to use specifically on themselves. Some caregivers chose to receive haircuts, manicures or massages, while others opted for tech gear, art classes or health care. Our thanks to Renovating Hope for giving these wounded veteran family caregivers a special treat and for their continued support of caregiving families!

Thank you, Rachel!

We would like to take this opportunity to wish a warm farewell to our Executive Director, Rachel O’Hern. All of us at Quality of Life Foundation – staff and board members – are very grateful for her two years of outstanding leadership. She will continue her work with Quality of Life as a member of the Board of Directors. Although we will miss her, we wish her nothing but the best in this new chapter.

Farewell Kelsey!

  Another warm farewell to our intern, Kelsey! Kelsey has been at the Quality of Life Foundation for the past two summers helping with social media, developing the newsletter, research and communications. Kelsey is a rising senior and member of the field hockey team at Washington and Jefferson College where she is studying Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration. Thank you for all of your help during the past two summers!          

Super FSC Sharon Lavier

  Congratulations to our June Super FSC, Sharon LaVier!  Sharon recently worked with an Army veteran family of four struggling to manage the many demands of caregiving.  Sharon was able to coordinate camping equipment for some family recreation time, a deep home clean to help the caregiver hit ‘reset,’ home organization supplies to allow the family to build sustainable systems going forward, child care, extracurricular activities for a minor child, and mental health support.  Kudos to Sharon, “a really great advocate for caregivers, veterans, and children alike” in the words of a caregiver!