By Roberta Sosof Esquina
It’s been on my heart for a long while to start a ministry for caregivers in our community, and I am so excited to announce that I will be hosting a small support group starting this coming Tuesday, January 17, at Cedarbrook Church in Menomonie.
Nearly 8 years ago my son sustained a serious brain injury during birth, which resulted in diagnoses of cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and the need for a tracheostomy and feeding tube. There have been several moments where I have felt completely and utterly alone in this journey as a mother, as a caregiver to my significantly medically fragile child, and as a Christian. I came to realize that there is a need for a caregiver support ministry.
This group is open for all caregivers aged 18+. You may find that you’re a parent to a little one, like me, or maybe you’re caring for a sibling, or an aging parent. No matter your caregiving situation, you are welcome to this group. You do not have to be a member of Cedarbrook Church to attend – it’s open to the community!
I understand that caring for a loved one is difficult work. It can often leave a strong person feeling overwhelmed and stressed. If that’s you, then The Heart of a Caregiver is just the respite you need. I invite fellow caregivers to seek God’s life-transforming love through Scripture each day, allowing the holy Spirit to encourage you as you live out God’s call to love others through your service to them.
If you're interested in signing up, please follow the link and scroll to Heart of a Caregiver and complete the Participant Signup Form.