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You have come to the right place if…

You’re in a faith community looking for a plan
to organize your members and guide them to support
each other in times of need.

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Now and In the coming decades, cuts to funded caregiving programs and services as well as the lack of caregivers (both professionals and younger potential caregivers) will make the faith communities throughout the world the place where people will turn for support.

Though this role is not an unfamiliar one, having a faith community that is well prepared to support their members who are ill, aging or in need of care is critical.  We believe the benefits of an organized teamwork approach like Share The Care™ (STC) can make a profound difference.

Over the last 20 years, the STC model has demonstrated the flexibility that groups welcome, and a effective plan of action to guide them, saving precious time trying to figure out who should do what.

As people age they tend to grow more spiritual.  And for older adults or others who have no family, their faith community will need to step up to the plate and become “family.”

The philosophy and principles of the STC approach are based in a loving and compassionate approach that embraces all forms of faith.


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In December 2013 Diane Cooper, Founder and Executive Director of Caregivers Outreach Ministry Empowerment, Inc. presented Sheila Warnock with the Community Service Award.

C.O.M.E. Inc. was founded by, Diane, who is also a registered nurse and has more than 30 years of community contact with family caregivers of the elderly.  C.O.M.E.’s mission is to assure that resources for family caregivers are readily accessible within the community in which they live and to promote self-care.

The awards luncheon and ceremony honored 13 deserving family caregivers that day.  See video clip of Sheila’s thank you speech.

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We invite feedback from all faith communities using STC. By telling us about your experiences and ideas with us so we can share the advice and information to help thousands of others.

Stories and photos of your faith communities and STC are welcome.