Constellation of Care
Eliana's Light is grateful to the dozens of local medical facilities, integrative and complementary care service providers, funders, and volunteers that are collaborating with us. Working together helps us all better achieve positive impact and fulfill our missions. The following are a few of the bright stars that comprise Constellations of Care within our DC, Maryland and Virginia community.
Local Medical Centers
Children's National Health System: Eliana's Light makes financial and in-kind contributions to support the development of an integrative care services division at Children's National while raising awareness and understanding on the importance of whole health and integrative care services. For example, Eliana's Light serves on the Community Advisory Committee for the Clinical & Translational Science Institute -- a research partnership between Children's National Medical Center and The George Washington University -- and the Parent Advisory Board for Palliative Care after having served for 4 years also on the Planning Committee for the annual Race for Every Child. We also manage an Integrative Care Services Parent Advisory Committee -- collaborating with staff, parents, and the hospital's administration -- to develop and support demand-driven pilot programs. Over the past two years since its launch, Eliana's Light has given more than $10,000 towards the development of more and a wider range of integrative care services for patients and their caregivers; hundreds of Valentine's Day cards for kids and cookies for caregivers so every child who was in the hospital over Valentine's Day received a card and every caregiver a cookie; hundreds of gift bags for moms and dads so each mom who was at the hospital over Mother's Day and each dad who was at the hospital over Father's Day to care for their child received a gift bag of self-care items and gift certificates; and tailored gift bags to patients and their families who apply for support through our website. We welcome and have received referrals from hospital staff members of families the staff think may be interested in applying for support from Eliana's Light. The hospital's Executive Leadership is committed to integrative care and is working in a multi-disciplinary and results-driven way to organize a structure that coordinates, prioritizes, tracks, and funds integrative care services.
HSC Health System, Inova Children’s Hospital, John’s Hopkins Children’s Center, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Georgetown University Hospital, and Medstar Washington Hospital Center.
Eliana’s Light collaborates with the Social Work, Child Life, Psychosocial, and community outreach teams at these medical centers. We accept applications from families whose children receive care there; and the hospitals participate in our annual “Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids & Cookies for Caregivers”, “Give A Boost to Moms for Mother’s Day”, and “Give A Boost to Dads for Father’s Day” community service initiatives.
Eliana's Light is entering a collaboration with Mary's Center, a community health center that provides integrated health, education, and social support services to 40,000 individuals "whose needs often go unmet by the public and private systems" throughout the Washington, DC area. "Mary's Center uses a holistic, multi-pronged approach to help each participant access individualized services that set them on the path toward good health, stable families, and economic independence." Eliana's Light has made three deliveries to Mary's Center of in-kind donations of stress-relief toys and tools for families that Mary's Center serves (e.g., CDs on mindfulness and meditation for children and teens, arts and crafts kits designed to support physical and occupational therapy, and related items). We are looking forward to working with Mary's Center's staff and families to expand Mary's Center's integrative care programming while helping the families Mary's Center serves when these families are at home.
Eliana's Light is supporting The Children's Inn at NIH in its efforts to respond to family support needs and "reduce the burden of illness through therapeutic, educational, and recreational programming". The Children's Inn at NIH is a "place like home" for children and families participating in groundbreaking research at the National Institutes of Health. To start our collaboration, Eliana's Light donated 40 stress balls to the fathers who were staying at The Children's Inn with their children on Father's Day. Stress balls are a visual representation of the importance of self-care and also serve as a useful relaxation tool. Eliana's Light also regularly provides in-kind donations to children and their caregivers staying at the Inn (e.g., relaxation-type toys and books). In the future, we're planning to support programming within The Children's Inn that relates to the integrative care services.
We’re grateful for local and regional non-profits with which we’re working closely to provide additional support for families. Examples include: the Lollipop Kids Foundation, Little Lobbyists, the DC Association for Special Education, Advocates for Education and Justice (AJE) in DC, the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) in Virginia, and the Parent Place in Maryland, among others.
Thank you to everyone who has made a financial or in-kind donation, which supports our programming and advocacy work. With your help, we can give Eliana's Light Constellation Kits (i.e., gift bags) to families and offer learning events to children and their caregivers. We are working on a volunteer basis to help local families access integrative care services and supports that help reduce their stress, pain, fear, trauma, anxiety and/or depression while we advocate for an integrative approach to medical care. Please consider donating or participating in our ongoing Re-Gift campaign today.
Girl Scout Troops: We are very thankful to many Girl Scout troops throughout our region who have participated in our service activities. For example, the Girl Scouts of Troop 54 organized a bake sale; made 100 "calm down jars", 100 "focus-on-your-breath" feather sticks, 22 New Year's encouragement cards for children, 49 Valentine's Day cards for children, 33 decorated name tags for children's hospital rooms, and a video on how yoga can help children. They also organized three Paint Night fundraisers and a social media campaign to ask for in-kind donations through Eliana's Light's Amazon Wish List. Thank you so much!
Om Shanti Rhi: Thank you, Rhiannon Landesberg and Om Shanti Rhi, for giving us your time and for organizing various initiatives for Eliana's Light. "Ms. Rhiannon" has organized and led 2 yoga fundraisers and also Valentine's Day card making with children from her yoga class at the River School. She also connected us to Until Jewelry Designs, which designed a special Mala necklace and bracelet to raise money for Eliana's Light. Thank you, Rhiannon, for being an amazing yoga and mindfulness instructor to our girls and to hundreds of children throughout the Washington, DC area. Rhiannon is also engaged in a research study at Children's National Medical Center on the impact of yoga.
LilOmm: We are tremendously grateful to Pleasance Silicki, founder of #LilOmm, for her generous guidance, time, and efforts in support of Eliana's Light. It was at Pleasance's LilOmm studio where I witnessed the power of yoga to support physical and occupational therapy. Since Eliana's Light started, Pleasance has been an inspirational mentor, creative catalyst, and thoughtful connector. Visit her website to check out her wonderful stress-relief and empowerment sessions for women in the Washington, DC area!
Individuals and companies on Eliana's Light's team in the 2017 and 2018 Race for Every Child: We remain so thankful to the dozens of individuals and companies that contribute to our annual team in this Race. Their donations and organizing efforts have led to more than $20,000 in donations to integrative care services at Children's National Medical Center. We would like to especially recognize the individual participants and local companies that have contributed, such as Washington Fine Properties, Om Shanti Rhi, and PlayWellDC.
Individuals, organizations and companies that participated in our first 4 annual Valentine's Day Cards for Kids & Cookies for Caregivers initiative: Thanks to the involvement of more than 2,000 volunteers from 6 states, we have collaboratively given home-made cards and cookies to each in-patient at Children's National Medical Center, Inova Children's Hospital, John's Hopkins Children's Center, HSC's Pediatric Center, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, and the Children's Inn at NIH.
Individuals, organizations and companies that participated in our 3 “Give A Boost to Moms for Mother’s Day” community service initiative: With the contributions of more than 300 volunteers, 15 businesses, 15 groups of family members and friends, 4 schools, and 10 organizations, we’ve collaboratively given 660 gift bags for moms who spent Mother's Day at one of the following medical centers in our region to care for their child: Children's National Medical Center, HSC's Pediatric Center, Inova Children's Hospital, John's Hopkins Children's Center, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and The Children's Inn at NIH. Each mom who was at these medical centers on Mother's Day have received one. We’re expanding in 2019!
Individuals, organizations and companies that participated in our 3 “Give A Boost to Dads for Father’s Day” community service initiative: Dozens of volunteers, 6 businesses, and 5 groups of family members and friends put together 600 gift bags for dads who will be spending Father's Day at the aforementioned medical centers. The gift bags contain gift certificates, stress balls, and our mindfulness tip sheet. Each father who is anticipated to be at a local participating pediatric hospital will receive them in 2019.
Our Collaborators Connect Families to These Contributions
Contact sheets of dozens of local complementary care providers, relevant camps, "Family-Friendly Pharmacies", and local government support services within our DC, MD, and VA region.
A compilation of other organizations that may be of interest and help to families with children who have a complex medical condition.
A compilation of research related to integrative and complementary care therapies for children.
Postings of relevant retreats, workshops, classes, initiatives, and festivals that we thought may be of interest to caregivers.