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Book A Speaker Who Can Make
A Real Difference

We will work with you to tailor a presentation for your audience and type of event: conference, seminar, keynote or workshop.

  • Faith Community conferences, retreats
  • Caregivers and concerned friends, support groups
  • Chaplains, seminary/chaplaincy students
  • Women’s/men’s organizations, clubs, community centers
  • Caregiving crisis, aging in place issues, end of life concerns
  • Teamwork, community building seminars

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Click here to download our Speaker flyer as a PDF.


Click to see our Professional Training Section for details.


Who Cares for the Caregiver?

(for professional audiences)

Share The Care™ (STC) is a highly regarded grassroots caregiving model used throughout the U.S., Canada and other countries to help people who are in need of support. It was created from the real-life needs and the experiences of 12 women (who didn’t know each other) who cared for a terminally ill friend. By working closely together for nearly four years they learned to create a model that could support their friend as well as themselves, so no one person had too much to do and each managed to keep her own life in good working order.

Professionals will learn the first steps needed to organize the critical first meeting of a STC group and why working as a close-knit team maintains the group’s long term ability to sustain their support. During this overview of the STC model, participants learn about the key STC systems and see examples of STC in action in other communities as well as some of the inspiring accomplishments of STC groups from around the world.

Audience: health professionals or faith community conferences, seminars, or workshop

(60-90 minutes) Q & A, handout brochures

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How to turn “What Can I do to Help?” Into Action

(for faith communities, support groups and caregivers)

A friend tells you of a loved one’s illness. Another says she or he is caring for an aging parent. A couple faces long-term health issues with no outside support. We’ve all said it—because it’s the most universal, most instinctive reaction: “What can I do to help?” Everyone will be touched by caregiving at some point in life. What can each of us do now so that we are better prepared for our turn at bat? And how can we avoid burning out?

During this introduction to the Share The Care™ (STC) model, you’ll hear the story of how the first STC group was born and what happened to inspire the authors to write the STC guidebook so that others could follow in their footsteps.

The presentation includes examples of STC groups who have gone above and beyond the usual caregiving “call of duty” and their very inspiring accomplishments.

This presentation is about “community” at its best.

A perfect presentation for: general public, faith communities, events and conferences and support groups.

(60-90 minute) Q & A, Handout brochures

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Single, Separated, Widowed or Divorced –
“Who Cares for the Person Who Lives Alone?”

(general public, faith communities, community events)

Today more and more people live alone far from family or they have no family.  What happens when they need help?  Who will care for them?

This presentation is filled with stories of groups that came to the rescue of individuals without family, or spouse, or relatives who could take on a caregiver role.

The audience learns through storytelling of how “created Share The Care™ (STC) families” have overcome some very difficult challenges.  And though these families cannot cure, they can heal.

This presentations includes what it takes to start a STC group as well as important suggestions on how we can each “be better prepared” should we ever need support–no matter if we have family or not.

Audience: anyone living alone, communities, villages, aging organizations

(60-90 minutes) Q & A, Handout brochures.

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“Let’s Get Started”
A Workshop For Caregivers & Concerned Friends

(caregivers, care recipients without a caregiver, and two committed friends for each)

Workshop Description:

If your faith community works with caregivers who are ready to accept a Share The Care™ (STC) group, but need guidance to get started we offer a special workshop. Because the initial STC group meeting is designed to be organized and led by two committed friends, each caregiver will need to enlist them to attend.

Working together in little groups within a larger group, people can feel more encouraged and less alone in their need for outside support.

Following background stories and examples of what groups are capable of doing we walk everyone through each of the steps needed to organize and maintain their first STC meeting. Lots of Q & A and sharing.

If a care recipient has no family caregiver – this is a wonderful way for two friends to initiate a “caregiving family” to support them.

Following this workshop each person, within their small team, should leave with plan of action and a sense of confidence and enthusiasm about accepting help.


This workshop is between 3—3.5 hours (depending on number of people.) There is minimum of 30 people.

Materials: Each participant receives a copy of the STC guidebook and a special workbook that includes 23 STC forms, handouts and suggestions.

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The Share The Care™ (STC) model can be an excellent addition to any program or workshops you provide for your faith community. Let us help you make STC part of your program to make life better for your caregivers and their loved ones.

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