How we work

Eliana's Light takes a systems-based approach by collaborating with various individuals and organizations in the community where families with children who have complex medical conditions live. We aim to bring these families complementary care services when they are at a medical facility and when they are at home. We are currently focused on supporting the development of an Integrative Medicine (IM) program at Children’s National Medical Center to help the hospital cover costs related to providing complementary care services to pediatric patients and their caregivers. In addition, we support complementary care initiatives at Mary's Center, a community health center that provides integrated services to families, and The Children's Inn at NIH, a "place like home" for children and their families participating in research with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The following are examples of how we bring complementary care to families ...

 
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Eliana's Light Constellation Kits

Eliana's Light Constellation Kits are tailored gift bags that aim to bring stress relief to a child and her/his caregivers. They are developed in collaboration with the child's caregiver(s) and certified complementary care specialists to ensure the gifts are appropriate, safe, and useful. Contents may include a yoga mat, tips on how to do basic meditation, a gift certificate to a local complementary care provider, and a CD of meditation music, among others. Please click here to view a longer list, and we welcome your suggestions.

Light Housekeeping

These families often do not have time nor want to put time towards cleaning the kitchen or bathroom…Our volunteers can help.

Healthy Meals

Our volunteers drop off healthy meals so a family does not have to cook in order to enjoy nutritious, homemade food.

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Gift Certificates

We provide gift certificates to places these families frequent (e.g. pharmacies) and to local complementary care providers (e.g. yoga studios).

 
 

Tickets to Events

Many families with children who have complex medical conditions often can’t leave their homes or are restricted as to where they can go. We look forward to working with families and local organizations to find appropriate outings for the family that bring them joy and boost their spirits.

Friendship, Companionship, and Hope

Many volunteers are caregivers or former caregivers of children with complex medical conditions. They understand, as they’ve been there themselves. They look forward to talking with families and providing them emotional support.