In celebration of National Caregivers Day, Nurse Next Door Home Care Services granted 10 caregivers $1000 each to put towards achieving their personal goals.
This funding was part of the company’s first ‘Bold Dreams and Goals’ initiative, which aims to shine a spotlight on caregivers’ compassion and celebrate their commitment to making lives better in several communities every day.
Hundreds of heartwarming stories were received from across North America, and here are some of this year’s 10 inspirational recipients:
- Festus Bamiduro will be seeing his three-year-old son for the first time post COVID-19. His child was born a few months after he left his country of origin, and they have only spoken on the phone since.
- Teresa Young will be putting the $1000 towards her business. As an Indigenous Cree woman, she wants to educate her community (and others) on financial concepts and strategies to build and accumulate wealth. “Being a smaller community, we lack so many resources, we don’t have access to infrastructure as in bigger places like cities; therefore, we fall so far behind from the rest of society, from the rest of the world, that it has a dramatic impact on our Indigenous peoples,” she said.
- Sakura Villasenor’s dream is to provide care and service to the at-risk people in her community through a program that not only serves physical, but also emotional needs. She will be putting the $1000 toward her community’s paramedic program—a program that gives emergency medical technicians the opportunity to assist in public health, primary health care, and preventative services to provide for underserved populations.
The full list of the inaugural Bold Dreams and Goals winners and their goals can be found here.
Bold Dreams and Goals is part of Nurse Next Door’s ongoing Caregiving as a Career initiative. Professional caregivers constitute a large population of workers whose work is essential but also largely underappreciated. Nurse Next Door’s Caregiving as a Career was created to shift the perception of caregiving and ensure that it is seen as the noble and rewarding career that it is.