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. Learn about why the Theisen family supports this project.
What is it? The Dubuque Community Caregiver 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 the Dubuque area and 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 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.