Fighting a serious illness without a strong support system?
You don’t have to be alone.
The Care Communities recruits and trains volunteers to provide emotional and domestic support to those affected by serious illness, including cancer and HIV.
The Care Communities currently offers two services: Care Teams & Peer Matching. Additionally, The Care Communities also partners with Texas Oncology to hold Cancer Support Groups. All of these services are free of cost.
- Our Care Teams consist of 3-6 trained volunteers that provide companionship and share the efforts of assistance with daily living tasks (such as light housework, running errands, or providing transportation to an appointment) for a Care Partner, who is someone living with a serious illness without a strong support system. In addition, Care Partners have the opportunity to receive case management to assist with accessing the comprehensive network of healthcare services, as well as other support services.
- Our Peer Matching is available for those diagnosed with cancer (or for loved ones of those diagnosed) to connect them with a survivor (or caregiver) of the same or similar cancer to provide hope and support for the journey ahead.
- The Cancer Support Groups are provided in collaboration with Texas Oncology for those living with cancer or for those that have a loved one living with cancer.
Description: Training is approximately 3 hours and refreshments are provided.
Facilitated By: Andrea Barrera, Outreach Coordinator
Contact: If you have any questions, please call Andrea at 737-529-7100.
1st Floor Conference Room
Description: This is a professionally facilitated support group for patients and caregivers who are new to cancer, newly diagnosed, or in the midst of treatment. Our wish is to enable you to cope with, adapt to, and live with cancer, and to provide some respite from the stress and changes that are now an integral part of life. If you or someone you love is living with cancer, please join us in a safe, supportive atmosphere with others experiencing the same feelings, challenges and concerns.
Since cancer is an inclusive disease, we welcome both patients and caregivers, together or individually, regardless of where your physicians or treatment centers are located. Caregivers may join their loved on in our patient group or attend a separate group held simultaneously specifically for caregivers.
Patient Group Facilitated By: Brandi Jurecek, LMSW, Texas Oncology Social Worker
& Penny DeCou, LCSW, Texas Oncology Social Worker
Caregiver Group Facilitated By: Teresa Dillard, Cancer Connection Volunteer &
Linda Moore, Cancer Connection Training Coordinator
Contact: To register for this group, please call Brandi Jurecek, LMSW at 512-421-4167 or Penny DeCou, LCSW at 512-427-9433.