Constellation of Care

Eliana's Light is grateful to the dozens of local medical facilities, complementary care providers, and volunteers that are collaborating with us. The following are a few of the bright stars that comprise the Constellation of Care within our systems-based approach.

 
 
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Children's National Medical Center

Eliana's Light makes financial and in-kind contributions to support the development of an Integrative Medicine (IM) program at Children's National while raising awareness and understanding on the importance of IM. 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; the Planning Committee for the 2017 Race for Every Child; the Parent Advisory Board for Palliative Care; and the IM Planning Committee. We also manage an IM Parent Advisory Committee -- collaborating with staff, parents, and the hospital's administration -- to develop and support demand-driven pilot programs. Additionally, Eliana's Light made a $2,500 donation to the Race for Every Child; 150 Valentine's Day cards for kids from kids and 200 cookies for caregivers from caregivers; 200 sachets of organic lavender for mothers on Mother's Day; and 300 stress balls for fathers on Father's Day (and subsequent activities).

 
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The Children's Inn at NIH

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 40 donated stress balls to the fathers who were staying at The Children's Inn with their children on Father's Day. We hope the fathers found this visual representation of the importance of self-care useful. Eliana's Light looks forward to providing in-kind donations to children staying at the Inn, and collaborating with the Inn on programming that helps reduce the stress and improve the well-being of those who stay there.

 

Mary's Center

Eliana's Light is entering a new partnership 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 is looking forward to working with Mary's Center's staff and families to expand Mary's Center's complementary care programming and help families Mary's Center serves when the families are at home.

Volunteer Stars

* Girl Scout Troop 54: We are very thankful to the Girl Scouts of Troop 54 for the tremendous support they've given Eliana's Light. This Girls Scout Troop has 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 a Paint Night fundraiser and a social media campaign to ask for in-kind donations through Eliana's Light's Amazon Wish List. With the in-kind donations we've received from these efforts to date, we've been able to give gifts to children staying at The Children's Inn at NIH. Thank you so much!

* Chevy Chase Bethesda Community Children's Center: We are so thankful to the PK-4 Preschool class of Ms. Lilymay and Ms. Mila for organizing their students' efforts to help other children who were hospitalized on Valentine's Day, 2017. The class made cards of hope, love, and encouragement for other children their age. They also committed to working with us on this project next year! Thank you!

* 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, which designed a special Mala necklace and bracelet to raise money for Eliana's Light. Thank you, Ms. Rhiannon, for being an amazing yoga and mindfulness instructor to our girls and to hundreds of children throughout the Washington, DC area. Ms. Rhiannon is also engaged in a research study at Children's National Medical Center on the impact of yoga.

Our Collaborators Connect Families to These Contributions

  • Contact sheets of dozens of local complementary care providers, "Family-Friendly Pharmacies", and DC Government support services.

  • 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 complementary care therapies for children.

  • Postings of relevant retreats, workshops, classes, initiatives, and festivals that we thought may be of interest to you.