Families Connect is a program for the whole family provided through the Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis when a parent, grandparent, or adult caretaker has cancer. Available at no charge to families facing cancer, this comprehensive program provides a community in which families can receive emotional support and education together. This is accomplished through a variety of activities such as support groups, educational programs, social events, healthy living, and stress management activities. We also provide information to families by way of our St. Luke's Family Resource Library which houses age appropriate materials on cancer related topics such as disease information, coping strategies, and bereavement.
Risk & Challenges
Families Connect seeks to build a supportive community for any family affected by cancer. As such, we provide our families with a meal as well as all supplies needed for planned activities. Beyond this, Families Connect is facilitated by Licensed Clinical Professionals in order to ensure our families are getting the best support possible. However, providing these services comes with a cost. We are seeking your help so that we can continue providing this top level of support and expand it to our growing population.
What are the specific programs provided?
Families Connect provides a monthly support group for the entire family. Dinner is served prior to every group to ensure a time for the families to bond with one another in community. We also provide family yoga, family cooking and nutrition sessions, theraputic art experiences, social events such as building ginger bread houses and family game night. We also offer an evidenced based educational program designed to provide age appropriate cancer information to children and parents, increase emotional vocabulary, and learn coping skills.
What population does Families Connect serve?
Families Connect serves any child ages 5 to 18 who has a parent, grandparent, or adult caregiver who is affected by cancer.
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