Thursday, January 17, 2019

Just Sharing ... Some Personal Thoughts from T. Wade Clegg III

This past week I  met for lunch with three vibrant women who provided such a heightened measure of joy that I wanted to take a minute and share with all of you.  These ladies are involved as  leaders of two of the latest nonprofit charities,  namely Yellow Door Foundation and Lilypads Housing, both dedicated to the University of Virginia Children's Hospital Housing
Collaborative.

The collaborative is a collection of local non-profit organizations all working together to help provide different lodging options for UVA Pediatric families in need.  The collection  also includes the following:  Ronald McDonald House (RMH), The Alyssa House, and Open Arms.
The Yellow Door Foundation has been active in Charlottesville for several years and Lilypads will activate placement of families this month.

It was a delight to listen to these passionate professionals who have added to the lodging opportunities for families in need of family lodging for extended periods in settings which allow isolation for critical situations, such as recovery time for a transplant. Although the initial contact for many families will be through Ronald McDonald House for discussion; the House has only 19 bedrooms and is constantly fully occupied.

As most of you who are familiar with Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS) know, we are not in direct contact with hospital patients and families, and our objective is for immediate short-term assistance, when a Social Worker calls. This is why IHS knew from the outset that 24/7 openness for contact with UVA Hospital Social Workers was needed. A need for lodging for the least able and unscheduled arrivals dictates a response to immediacy, even for late night Ronald McDonald House arrivals.

It is such a delight to share this expanded opportunity for those patients and families so desperately in need of extended lodging by dedicated and deeply caring individuals. Please read their websites and learn of the diversity and goals of each charity.  Perhaps this will provide a stimulus to assist in one of the members lodging needs, and if you are located far away from Virginia, think of how you might participate in your own community, just as the collection
of non-profits are helping in Charlottesville.

Much love to you all, as we start another year of devotion to the least able among us.

And, as always, please remember that all of us at IHS are non-paid volunteers, and we are all donating what we can to IHS personally. Also remember - for transparency we hold the "Gold Seal of Approval" from the Guidestar.org national clearing house. Please do what you can. And, if you would like to donate now to our cause, please click the button below to go to our encrypted secure on-line donation form. 

      
Thank you for your support & much love  ...  
T. Wade Clegg III & Sam McLawhorn 
Founding Members IHS 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

As You Read this Short Note, it is 2019!



For your information Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum, Inc. has diligently pursued its objective to support the UVA Medical Center Office of Social Work for the last ten years. The main objective was and is to provide an additional avenue for indigent and/or grossly underfunded patients to have access for immediate temporary lodging, food packets, etc. through a Social Worker when patients and sometimes a caregiver arrive without adequate means and no clinic or agency is prepared for their arrival and/or financial support while preparation is managed within the Office of Social Work. A place to sleep, rest and something to eat remain at the top of the immediate needs of the least able guests who arrive in our community and experience delayed entry for a multitude of reasons.

IHS is dependent upon caring friends, hospital staff, churches and periodic grants. Access the IHS website at http://www.interfaithhumanitariansanctum.org; learn the details of this charity's efforts. Ask how you or your family or group can participate... and lift the least able to sustain while visiting UVA Hospital.

Thank you so very much for the last ten years of consistent or periodic help with funds for this effort. It is such a worthwhile endeavor
.
Much love and Happiness as we enter another year of caring.
 
And, as always, please remember that all of us at IHS are non-paid volunteers, and we are all donating what we can to IHS personally. Also remember - for transparency we hold the "Gold Seal of Approval" from the Guidestar.org national clearing house. Please do what you can. And, if you would like to donate now to our cause, please click the button below to go to our encrypted secure on-line donation form. 

      
Thank you for your support & much love  ...  
T. Wade Clegg III & Sam McLawhorn 
Founding Members IHS 

SPECIAL NOTICE for UVA Medical and University staff, and all other Virginia Commonwealth State Employees. The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) begins October 1, 2018.  Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum, Inc. (IHS) is a CVC charity.  To support our work for lodging, food programs, prescriptions & co-pays, pediatric support with infant car seats and clothing, etc. , designate your gift to CVC code 003648..

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Holiday Notes for Friends of the Charity

From: Lashanna Hicks HS, Clinical Social Worker, UVA GEN PEDS Outpatient
 
Hope all continues to be well. I have an updated count on car seats for the week. As of 11/29/2018 at 11:15 am, we have 0 - Comfy Carry (under 5 lbs), 2 - Cosco Scenera convertible seats (up to 40 lbs.), and 1 - Harmony backless booster (40-100 lbs.) in stock. The last Comfy Carry seat was distributed today.
 
As always, thanks for everything that all have done and continue to do for us here at UVA and the patients/families we serve. We are forever grateful and appreciative for IHS, Sam, the late Rev. Elisheva' Clegg and of course you, Rev. Thomas Wade Clegg.
 
Thank you ... Lashanna"
 
P lease note that IHS received a Federal Express delivery this week within 3 days which consisted of 10 - Comfy Carry car seats. IHS has 3 - Cosco Scenera seats in stock and 2 - Harmony boosters in stock. IHS will purchase more seats as needed during Dece mb er. The Cosco Scenera and Harmony booster items are obtained with ease from a reliable retail Walmart store in Louisa County, Virginia.
 

For Friends of IHS who may not know of this service for indigent or underfunded parents of infants at UVA Medical Center, IHS has provided a new infant car seat through the UVA Social Work Office for the last eight years when a parent is leaving the hospital and not able to afford purchase of an infant car seat. An infant car seat is a mandatory item for departure of all infants from the Medical Center.
 
And, as always, please remember that all of us at IHS are non-paid volunteers, and we are all donating what we can to IHS personally. Also remember - for transparency we hold the "Gold Seal of Approval" from the Guidestar.org national clearing house. Please do what you can. And, if you would like to donate now to our cause, please click the button below to go to our encrypted secure on-line donation form. 

      
Thank you for your support & much love  ...  
T. Wade Clegg III & Sam McLawhorn 
Founding Members IHS 

SPECIAL NOTICE for UVA Medical and University staff, and all other Virginia Commonwealth State Employees. The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) begins October 1, 2018.  Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum, Inc. (IHS) is a CVC charity.  To support our work for lodging, food programs, prescriptions & co-pays, pediatric support with infant car seats and clothing, etc. , designate your gift to CVC code 003648..

Happy Thanksgiving 2018



thanksgiving-dinner.jpg There are two days each year at the UVA Hospitality House when Mary Jackson and staff extend themselves by providing a special meal for outpatients.  The first opportunity is Thanksgiving. About half the rooms are empty during holidays; however, many patients, especially those who are here for cancer treatment, must remain away from home. It is a real delight for these long distance guests to be treated to a special meal by the staff and friends of Hospitality House, Interfaith Humanitarian  Sanctum (IHS) has participated annually for the last ten years in Thanksgiving and/or the Christmas dinner by providing pre-cooked hams and turkeys. This year the Hospitality House directly received several monetary donations for the main items for the Thanksgiving meal.  IHS has continued to stock Hospitality House kitchen needs monthly upon receipt of a detailed e-mail from Supervisor Mary Jackson.

The next holiday meal at Hospitality House will be on or about Christmas Day,  Friends of the House and IHS are invited to contact Mary Jackson by calling (434) 924-0000 at the Main Hospital and ask for UVA Hospitality House. Mary will be delighted to discuss what items can be provided directly to the House and best date and time for delivery. Hospitality House is located within blocks from the Medical Center. Monetary donations are also accepted via mail at:

IHS
P.O. Box 163
Palmyra, VA 22963. 

Checks to the charity should be made payable to IHS.

Please know that periodically a church or business group will volunteer with meal preparation at the House. Simply relate your wish to participate to Mary Jackson.  She will be delighted to hear your desire to assist with serving and preparation of these special meals.

And, as always, please remember that all of us at IHS are non-paid volunteers, and we are all donating what we can to IHS personally. Also remember - for transparency we hold the "Gold Seal of Approval" from the Guidestar.org national clearing house. Please do what you can. And, if you would like to donate now to our cause, please click the button below to go to our encrypted secure on-line donation form. 

      
Thank you for your support & much love  ...  
T. Wade Clegg III & Sam McLawhorn 
Founding Members IHS 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

A Special Note from the Patient Navigator


 UVA Cancer Center ... Just sharing
 
"I am writing to express my appreciation for the generous efforts and contributions of Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum. IHS contributions have a significant impact for numerous patients receiving care at University of Virginia Health System. Patients' caregivers may also be impacted by the services of IHS.

I have contacted Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum leadership on several occasions to request lodging assistance for patients. Patients travel significant distances to appointments and may be unable to travel home same day. If the UVA Hospitality House is unable to accommodate the patient, we need an alternative solution. Expenditures often increase and income decreases when there is a cancer diagnosis. Patients may not be able to afford the cost of a hotel stay. Having a community resource through IHS, a short term solution, can often be secured.
                                                                                                Sincerely,Faith Havran,Pt Navigator
UVA - ECCCC"
 
Thank you to Faith for those words of encouragement and appreciation for us at IHS. This is why we were created. This is why we do what we do.  

Don't forget that now through Nov 2, AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times the usual amount) to Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum Inc when you shop at:
 
#AmazonSmile #StartWithaSmile 
 
And, as always, please remember that all of us at IHS are non-paid volunteers, and we are all donating what we can to IHS personally. Also remember - for transparency we hold the "Gold Seal of Approval" from the Guidestar.org national clearing house. Please do what you can. And, if you would like to donate now to our cause, please click the button below to go to our encrypted secure on-line donation form. 

      
Sincerely ... T. Wade Clegg III & Sam McLawhorn for IHS  
Founding Members IHS 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A Few Notes of Importance for October 2018

Perhaps  ... just perhaps ... YOU can spread the word!
Three Categories could use a boost!
They are:
 
1. Full-Day Meal Packets for the Food Cabinet located in the Office of Social Work in the UVA Medical Center.  Please access the Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum website for a detailed copy of what is needed in the meal packets. Presently, two churches provide scheduled projects to keep our stock ready.  If you would like to speak with the two church leaders for tips on how they stimulate enthusiasm, please e-mail us for their names and phone numbers. Perhaps your church or club or Scout contacts can find time for participation quarterly or monthly to share the load. Full day meal packets are accessed by UVA Social Workers to assist underfunded outpatients and their caregivers who simply can't afford a meal in the hospital cafe.

2.   
Infant Car Seats for indigent and grossly underfunded patients who are caught off guard with the time of departure with an infant for that trip home. IHS seeks to keep in  stock at our storage office the three main sizes of these safety seats which are needed by the Pediatric staff.  Our next order of car seats will entail purchase of about two dozen new seats. IHS must provide "new" seats when issued through the UVA Medical Center.

3.   
 
Lodging Assistance Fees for Underfunded outpatients and necessary caregivers.Lodging  is  especially needed  for patients who must travel long distances for treatment or appointments. The ability to balance funds for travel, food and lodging is critical for the indigent and underfunded. In fact many such patients often will negate coming to Charlottesville when these needs can not be met. IHS generally is that last option for a Social Worker to contact when someone arrives and finds that they simply can't afford the cost of even one night at UVA Hospitality House or a commercial hotel when the House is fully occupied.  IHS also stocks the Hospitality House kitchen monthly with an email of needed supplies from the House Supervisor.  

Whatever you can do to raise interest in support of this 24/7 nonprofit effort for the least able among us is so appreciated.

And, as always, please remember that all of us at IHS are non-paid volunteers, and we are all donating what we can to IHS personally. Also remember - for transparency we hold the "Gold Seal of Approval" from the Guidestar.org national clearing house. Please do what you can. And, if you would like to donate now to our cause, please click the button below to go to our encrypted secure on-line donation form. 

      
Sincerely ... T. Wade Clegg III & Sam McLawhorn for IHS  
Founding Members IHS 

SPECIAL NOTICE for UVA Medical and University staff, and all other Virginia Commonwealth State Employees. The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) begins October 1, 2018.  Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum, Inc. (IHS) is a CVC charity.  To support our work for lodging, food programs, prescriptions & co-pays, pediatric support with infant car seats and clothing, etc. , designate your gift to CVC code 003648..

Friday, September 28, 2018

Early Notice - the Final Quarter of 2018 is dedicated to Giving

Beginning each October - November,  the UVA Medical Center Health System Employees will be reminded of an important state program to facilitate giving over the following year.

The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) offers that annual opportunity for state employees to participate in the payroll deduction program which supports a variety of  eligible non-profits who serve Virginians.
 
Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS) has been serving indigent and underfunded UVA patients and their caregivers since 2009 and has been listed with CVC for the last eight years.  IHS is that silent charity on call 24/7 which is dedicated and accessed by the Hospital's entire Social Work staff when no other agency, clinic, charity or resource is available to provide immediate temporary assistance.  Because of IHS's immediate access, Social Workers are able to provide the least able with immediate lodging, food packets,  co-pays, and other must-have requirements to balance their ability to sustain themselves immediately upon arrival in Charlottesville.

IHS serves hundreds annually with lodging assistance and thousands with food packets. There is never a charge for assistance when IHS is called by a Social Worker for assistance. Those who are provided lodging do not know who is assisting them with payment for a room in UVA Hospitality House or as needed a commercial hotel room.  The guests only know that their Social Worker contact at the Medical Center has reached out to a resource and secure their needs.  The same is true when an underfunded out-patient and family member does not have adequate funds for food, and the Social Work staff will take "a full day meal packet" from the Social Work Office in the Main Hospital. IHS has provided from 150-250 meal packets monthly as needed, and keeps the UVA Hospitality House (HH) kitchen fully stocked based on monthly contact from the HH Manager.

UVA  employee giving through the CVC annually keeps this vital partnership active. The CVC Code for Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS) is 003648.  Remember - this non-paid all volunteer charity responds 24/7 to the Social Work staff at the Medical Center.   IHS is the final safety net for the least able who must come to this state hospital and the Social Work staff has no one else to call.

And, as always, please remember that all of us at IHS are non-paid volunteers, and we are all donating what we can to IHS personally. Also remember - for transparency we hold the "Gold Seal of Approval" from the Guidestar.org national clearing house. Please do what you can. And, if you would like to donate now to our cause, please click the button below to go to our encrypted secure on-line donation form. 

      
Sincerely ... T. Wade Clegg III & Sam McLawhorn for IHS 

SPECIAL NOTICE for UVA Medical and University staff, and all other Virginia Commonwealth State Employees. The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) begins October 1, 2018.  Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum, Inc. (IHS) is a CVC charity.  To support our work for lodging, food programs, prescriptions & co-pays, pediatric support with infant car seats and clothing, etc. , designate your gift to CVC code 003648..