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Children’s Emergency Relief International (CERI) Dedicated to the long-term care of orphans, vulnerable children, youth and their families in crisis

Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI) provides humanitarian aid for children and families living in impoverished conditions in developing countries around the world. CERI is dedicated to the longterm care of orphans, vulnerable children, youth and their families in crisis, so they may grow to live healthy and productive lives. We operate programs, mission trips and medical missions in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa. We distribute food, clothing, and medical supplies to impoverished communities, build homes for the homeless, create sustainable agricultural systems and spur economic development in struggling communities, and offer spiritual guidance and support for children and families. CERI has routinely been tapped by governments for emergency relief, counseling and policy advising that makes a profound difference in the social structure of foreign countries.

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Friends of Calvert County Seniors, Inc. (FCCS) Lending a hand to those who need it! Friends of Calvert County Seniors, Inc. (FCCS) is a private, tax-exempt, charitable organization that was founded in February, 1993 for the purpose of providing services and assistance to the senior citizens (aged 60plus) of Calvert County that are not otherwise available to them. These services help improve their quality of life and assist them in remaining independent and self-supporting. The organization supports the needs of the rapidly increasing senior population because many necessary services are not available through Medicare, medical assistance or other local resources. Some of the needs with which FCCS can help include dental needs not provided by medical assistance, hearing aids, cost of prescriptions on a short-term basis, eye exams, glasses, short-term emergency home care, prostheses for the physically handicapped and specialized transportation for medical treatment purposes. The dental program is funded through donations and fundraisers organized by the FCCS Board of Directors. The program will cover up to $2,000 in dental expenses but seniors who receive this service are asked to reimburse the program 10 percent of the total cost of their dental expenses. One does not have to be an FCCS member to receive assistance. Referrals for assistance may be made by anyone. To be considered for assistance, the individual must

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These services help improve their quality of life and assist them in remaining independent and self-supporting. complete an application and have no other source of assistance available to them. The only sources of income available to FCCS for these much-needed services are Combined Federal Campaign donations, membership dues, fundraising projects, gifts, bequests and in memoriam. FCCS is managed by a board of directors consisting of active and retired business, community, and government leaders and representatives of county and state agencies serving seniors. There is a need for board members to fill vacancies. If you have an interest in helping seniors, please consider joining this team. For more information or to become a member call 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170 or visit the website at Friendsofccseniors@googlepages.com. Friends of Calvert County Seniors, Inc.’s CFC number is 84646.

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Armed Forces Foundation Serving Those Who Serve With more than two million men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces, one organization is proving that a small force can make a major impact on the lives of our country’s military families. The Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) is a national nonprofit providing vital assistance to active-duty and retired military personnel and their families. The dozen staffers juggle national campaigns, local initiatives and celebrity relationships in their mission of “Serving Those Who Serve.” Through its advocacy and outreach for PostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the provision of financial assistance to struggling military families and morale-boosting recreation programs, the AFF meets the complex needs of our country’s troops every day. In the face of a tragic military suicide epidemic— which claims one active-duty soldier every day and one veteran every 80 minutes—the AFF recently launched Help Save Our Troops, a national PTSD advocacy campaign. As AFF President Patricia Driscoll explains, “It is our responsibility to push forward and seek new ways to help families who are dealing with this signature wound of war.” The campaign’s centerpiece is a virtual Therapy

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Room intended to help troops and their families find positive, creative outlets to deal with PTSD, its symptoms and stresses. It is filled with activities to pro-

mote health and well-being including art, music, writing, cooking and fitness. It also contains information on alternative healing modalities, including massage and acupuncture. To help military families struggling with the financial burdens of deployment, injury and death, the AFF provides grants to help pay mortgages, utility bills and car payments. They are a ‘can do’ force at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, hosting monthly dinners, offsetting lodging costs for family members, creating a wheel chair ‘pit stop’ for wounded warriors and even purchasing a uniform shirt for a Purple Heart recipient. The AFF also recognizes the need to shore up the morale of our troops and their families and does so through programs such as Troops to the Track with NASCAR, tickets to pro sports events and a Veteran’s Day educational initiative for kids. This November the AFF will host their newest, and perhaps most extreme adventure—Busch-Whacked—in partnership with the Kurt Busch Foundation. NASCAR drivers, celebrities and ordinary Americans will conquer miles of mud and obstacles to benefit military families. To learn more about the amazing work of the Armed Forces Foundation: www.ArmedForcesFoundation.org.

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Quality Trust helps people with developmental disabilities explore the world around them and be a part of the community. To be leaders. To access opportunities to succeed. Get a good education. Find a job. Join us and help make a difference by choosing CFC # 33317

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The AFF is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides critical support to members of the U.S. military, including activeduty and retired personnel, National Guard, Reserve Components and their families.

Your donation allows us to provide: • Financial assistance to struggling military families. • PTSD outreach and advocacy. • Therapeutic and fun recreational programs.

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Baptist Charities of America Empowering each adult and child spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally and socially

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Baptist Charities of America (BCA) cares for the needs of children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities with Christ-like compassion. Our programs are thoughtfully designed to help the special individuals entrusted to our care develop skills that enable them to function successfully in family, group, and community settings; attend school or participate in other vocational activities; and, overall, lead joyful and fulfilling lives. Without our residential and day September 2012

programs, many of the disabled children and adults we care for would suffer from a lack of medical services and struggle to find purpose. Since chartered more than 15 years ago, BCA has provided more than one million days of comfort and care. We are dedicated to empowering each child and adult as he or she develops spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially in a safe, loving, and closely supervised environment.

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Capital Caring

Making Life Better for Those with Serious Illness Garry Johnson was a strong, active, hard-working man. Known as “Poppa G” to his twelve grandchildren, he was used to taking care of everyone else. After moving to the Washington metro region to be closer to family, Garry found a new job and was settling into life with his wife Cynthia. Then, a short time later, he started experiencing troublesome symptoms like loss of appetite, weight loss and shortness of breath. Garry visited his physician and was told that he had gastrointestinal cancer. He and his family were absolutely devastated. Because Garry had started a new job just before receiving the diagnosis, his health insurance was not yet effective, so what little money he had saved soon went to cover his costly medical bills. Then, when a cure for Garry’s cancer was not possible and his pain was increasing – Capital Caring was brought in. Cynthia recalled the first day the Capital Caring social worker came to their house. Garry told her, “Get out of my house, I don’t want you here.” But she persuaded him to let a hospice nurse come check on him once a week. By the end of the nurse’s first visit, Garry fell in love with her. Silently Cynthia worried over how to pay for Garry’s hospice care. Their savings were long gone, but the

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medical bills kept coming. That’s when they learned about the Patient Care Fund Program which enables Capital Caring to care for patients without insurance. Founded 35 years ago, Capital Caring believes that everyone living with serious advanced illness deserves comfort, care and dignity in their final days and to receive that care wherever they call “home”– whether in

their own home, an assisted living center, a nursing home, hospital or our inpatient center in Arlington. As the Washington area’s largest and oldest non-profit hospice and palliative care provider, we serve close to 1,200 patients every day in DC, Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland. We offer patients quality, comprehensive care to stay in their home through our hospice service, which is an approach to caring that addresses the medical, emotional and spiritual needs of anyone living with serious advanced illness as well as providing support to their families. Through our palliative care (pronounced pallee-uh-tiv) service, we offer medical care to relieve the symptoms, pain and stress of advanced illness. Because of donors like YOU who support Capital Caring, we’re able to help people like Garry receive the care they need, regardless of their financial means. To find out more about Capital Caring’s Patient Care Fund Program or our services, or to make a referral, call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 855-571-5700. Or visit us on the web at www.capitalcaring.org. Thank you for designating Capital Caring–CFC # 39664–as your charity of choice through this year’s Combined Federal Campaign.

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation Restoration Projects Get Boost from Military Volunteers For decades, the shorelines of countless waterways meandering through Hampton Roads have been kept cleaner and healthier thanks to the military’s help, especially during the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) annual Clean the Bay Day volunteer litter pickup event. This year on June 2 at hundreds of cleanup sites across Virginia, nearly 6,800 Clean the Bay Day volunteers removed 152,000 pounds of debris from roughly 500 miles of shoreline. Typically through the years, a good third of those who sign up to help are from Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Army installations in the Hampton Roads region. In fact, military personnel helped form the group that coordinated the first ever Clean the Bay Day in 1989. Since then the Hampton Roads military community, especially the Navy, has provided a total of more than 35,000 personnel for the effort. By boat and by foot, and sometimes even in diving gear, they remove bits of litter as small as cigarette butts and as large as appliances, all of which pollute rivers and streams every year. No sooner had this year’s event ended when personnel from Norfolk Naval Base already started planning for next year’s 25th anniversary of Clean the Bay Day, slated for June 1, 2013. Much of the debris collected on Clean the Bay Day comes from streets and parking lots where storm water runoff carries it through storm drains directly into

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rivers, streams, and the Bay. The debris is not only unsightly and unhealthy but also poses a threat to wildlife and can block sunlight needed for underwater grasses and a healthier ecosystem. Though Clean the Bay Day is the most popular CBF volunteer event, it’s not the only project where military muscle power and dedication have benefited the Chesapeake Bay. Servicemen and women also help our oyster restoration efforts.

Local oyster populations have dwindled through the decades, and CBF and others are diligently trying to boost oyster populations in many rivers and streams, from Gloucester to Norfolk. Oysters are key to a healthy Bay. They have amazing filtering capabilities and their reefs provide critical habitat for other aquatic species. Restoring their low population is a big priority, and one that needs many hands. CBF relies on dedicated volunteers to assist. Throughout the year, volunteers from the USS Harry Truman, for example, have provided help with CBF’s various oyster restoration projects, including washing and bagging old oyster shells, planting oysters on oyster reefs, and making concrete reef balls for oysters. This year, Truman volunteers and Coast Guardsmen have assisted CBF with the process of making concrete reef balls to place on local oyster sanctuary reefs. Volunteers must work quickly and efficiently to pour wet concrete into molds and remove the molds at the right time. The reef ball technique is a valuable tool in the effort to provide safe habitat for growing oysters. Besides the obvious environmental benefits of volunteering to help “Save the Bay,” the military men and women seem to truly enjoy the camaraderie. Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s CFC number is: 11325

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Christ House

Healing and Hope for Washington’s Homeless

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ness difficult. Kent was making just enough money to get by, paying a friend to let him sleep on an armchair to avoid life on the streets, while he continued to pay monthly child support. One day on the job, Kent stubbed his toe and lost his toenail in the process. The hospital told him he should have the toe amputated to prevent further infection, but the thought of taking such a drastic measure scared him.

Kent took prescribed antibiotics instead, but soon after he returned to the hospital by ambulance with fever, chills, and vomiting; the infection had spread. Now, he could no longer delay the inevitable, and his toe was amputated. A hospital social worker discovered that Kent had no place to live and referred him to Christ House. Here, Kent received careful monitoring and dressing changes of his surgical site. He also worked closely with the nursing staff to test his blood sugars and improve his dietary habits. It was a slow road to healing, but as Kent’s blood sugars stabilized, the staff watched the wound finally disappear. Beyond the medical care, though, Kent was naturally drawn to the pastoral life of Christ House and often participated in outings and activities; his favorite pastime was attending Saturday morning art classes. After nearly three months at Christ House, Kent was medically ready to move on. He was cleared to return to work, and with the help of his case worker he entered a long-term, transitional work program for veterans. Without the needed respite of Christ House, our patients would experience slower healing and more complications from conditions like diabetes. Through a holistic, patient-centered approach, we see amazing physical and spiritual transformations every day.

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Thousands of people in the Washington, DC area experience homelessness each year. They wander the streets in all kinds of weather, sleep in overcrowded shelters, and are extremely vulnerable to illness. Hospitals treat homeless patients for emergencies, but they are discharged early and must return to the street where they cannot rest and recuperate. Many people with non-emergency, chronic conditions—wounds, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cancer, mental illness, heart disease, liver failure, or hypertension have difficulty accessing care. Fortunately, homeless patients can come to Christ House for medical treatment and hope. Christ House is a 34-bed residential heath care facility in Washington, DC where homeless men and women may stay as long as their illness requires. Here they get plenty of rest, nutritious meals, medical care, and other crucial support services. Because most homeless patients lack such a sanctuary, they often see small medical problems spiral out of control. The staff at Christ House recently got to know Kent, a diabetic for whom one small injury created a domino effect of problems for him. Kent, an armed forces veteran, had been working long and often unpredictable hours as a custodian. He was diagnosed with diabetes twenty years ago and understood the basic facts of his condition, but his low income and long work hours made controlling his ill-

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DAV Charitable Service Trust Fulfilling Our Promises

When Dan O’Connor returned injured from service as a Marine in Vietnam, the world was a very different place. “Back in those days, military service was something you didn’t want to elaborate about on your job application. A physical injury was another obstacle you had to quietly overcome.If you had a psychological wound you wouldn’t dream of telling anyone about it,” recalls O’Connor, who suffered was injured by an improvised explosive and suffered post traumatic stress. Getting and maintaining a civilian job was part of the battle. Luckily, O’Connor found an employer he could identify with when he began a career in law enforcement. He found a greater sense of purpose when he met his wife Debbie. Between his job and family, he stayed busy enough to avoid the emotional consequences of war. It wasn’t until he slowed down that he realized he needed to confront the demons and ghosts who’d followed him out of the jungles. “There weren’t a lot of programs to help us when I returned home from Vietnam. I didn’t want to feel like a victim or complain about the war. It took years to address the challenges I faced. But after I did, I became concerned about my fellow veterans who may have been in the same boat,” he said. In 2005, one of the legs O’Connor had injured in the war was re-injured in a motorcycle accident and amputated. “I didn’t want to feel like there were things I couldn’t do in life. Losing a leg is one thing; I had a lot of friends who had lost limbs in Vietnam. Losing the chance to live my life to the fullest wasn’t acceptable to me,” he recalled. With the help of the Veterans Administration, O’Connor was able to get a prosthetic leg and hand cycle. Soon, he was more physically active than before his second injury.

Giving Back

But seeing so many young men and women returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan was heart-wrenching for the former Marine who didn’t want to see them face a life of obstacles. It was around that time that O’Connor became aware of the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Charitable Service Trust. Through a program supported with a grant by the charity, O’Connor was able to participate in rehabilitative cycling events with his fellow veterans, many who were injured in the recent wars. September 2012

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“Suddenly, I found myself in the role of mentor. The younger veterans were saying, ‘If that old Vietnam Veteran can do it, I can do it too,’” said O’Connor. “When you see that glimmer of hope in their eyes and get the sense that a young veteran’s outlook on life has changed for the better, you know you’ve changed the quality of his or her life forever.” O’Connor has thrived as an athlete and coach. He now introduces injured active military and veterans to the sports he loves through a Wounded Warrior Regiment Program in Quantico, Virginia, and has helped them compete at the national level. “DAV welcomed me home and continues to help ensure veterans of all eras get the support they need to live their lives to the fullest. The programs the DAV Charitable Service Trust supports provide a blanket of support for the people who’ve defended our way of life,” O’Connor said. In addition to rehabilitative sporting events, DAV Charitable Service Trust provides grants to programs that give hope to sick, ill and injured heroes. Those programs link veterans to job training and assistance initiatives, fund counseling programs and address and prevent homelessness “From a veterans physical health to their emotional and economic well-being, the Trust makes is there for those who’ve served,” O’Connor said. “They’ve made the greatest commitment to our country that anyone can make. When they get hurt, we owe it to them to give them every opportunity to live meaningful lives and care for their families.”

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Habitat for Humanity

Providing affordable homeownership to more than 400 low-income families in the National Capital Area Over the past 30 years, five, local Habitat for Humanity affiliates have provided affordable homeownership opportunities to more than 400 low-income families in the National Capital Area. In the last six years, these five affiliates received more than $593,000 from the sale of donated vehicles. More than $12,800,000 has been raised nationally. Cars for HomesTM is Habitat for Humanity's national vehicle donation program that provides donors an easy way to donate cars, trucks, boats, RV's and other vehicles to help build homes in partnership with local families in need of affordable shelter. For the past three years, Habitat for Humanity International has opened up a competitive, matching grant opportunity to affiliates across the nation to encourage the promotion of the Cars for HomesTM program in their local jurisdictions. If you live in the National Capital Area, now is the time to donate your car, truck, boat or RV. Habitat for Humanity International chose the D.C. metro area Habitat affiliates as the exclusive partners for the annual Cars for HomesTM matching grant program. Habitat affiliates in Washington D.C. and Arlington, Fairfax, Montgomery, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties were awarded up to $100,000 to match the gross revenue from the sale of vehicles donated to Cars for HomesTM through the end of 2012. "The matching

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grant offer gives donors an even greater opportunity to help Habitat for Humanity partner with more lowincome families in the greater D.C. area" said Marcia Rundle, the director of the Cars for HomesTM program. Vehicles donated from zip codes in Washington D.C. and Arlington, Fairfax, Montgomery, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties will automatically count towards the matching grant. If your residence is outside these areas you can designate one of these Habitat affiliates to receive the proceeds from the sale of your vehicle, if you

donate by phone. Donors may call 877-277-HFHI (4344) or visit www.carsforhomes.org to arrange for a pick-up. As part of the promotion of the Cars for HomesTM matching grant program, representatives from Habitat's Cars for HomesTM program will spend a day building with each local affiliate in November. Cars for HomesTM staff will showcase the local affiliates' diverse building programs by volunteering on a new construction site, a minor home repair or weatherization project, the rehabilitation of a distressed property, and in a Habitat ReStore resale outlet. Like the Cars for HomesTM program, area Habitat affiliates enable community members to make taxdeductible donations of unwanted goods to be used in Habitat homes or to be sold in ReStore. ReStore is a retail outlet that accepts donations of new and used building supplies, furniture, appliances, and home furnishings and sells them at discounted prices to the public. Area ReStores have diverted millions of tons of waste from local landfills while providing Habitat affiliates with much needed operating funds. To find a ReStore near you visit www.hfhi.org/restores. Our area generates more than 5.4 million tons of waste each year. By donating an unwanted vehicle, building supplies and other household items, you can help turn waste into homes.

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American Bible Society Providing Scriptures to servicemen and women in the field

In 1817, American Bible Society gave sixty-five Bibles to the crew of the USS John Adams, thus beginning a program of contributing Scriptures to the Armed Forces, which continues to the present day. From 1817 to the present, and through nine wars, American Bible Society has provided over 100 million free Scriptures to the brave men and women in the United Stated Armed Forces. Our mission to the members of the Military has been to provide hope and comfort to our American heroes. We know that members of the Military face death every day. What they see, what they experience, impacts their lives forever. We believe the men and women who serve, need hope and encouragement as they face very real enemies. They need answers as they grapple with gut-wrenching issues associated with combat. With the help of our ministry to the Armed Forces Chaplains, we help provide Scriptures directly to servicemen and women serving in the field. American Bible Society also partners with the National VA Chaplain Center - 900 chaplains working in 153 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers – to personally distribute Scriptures among Veterans from current Middle East conflicts, as well as those who faithfully served in Korea and Vietnam.

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From 1817 to the present, and through nine wars, American Bible Society has provided over 100 million free Scriptures to the brave men and women in the United Stated Armed Forces. Our mission to the members of the Military has been to provide hope and comfort to our American heroes. Since 1816, American Bible Society has pioneered ways to provide God’s Word for people in the United States and around the world, who need it most. Serving

our Armed Forces through Scripture engagement, has been our highest honor. We also reach to churches with customized Bible resources and to new generations with a growing range of digital technology. We also work with other Bible Societies and ministering partners, in close to 200 counties to translate the Bible thus bringing a life changing message to people in China, the Middle East , India, Africa and around the globe. In helping victims of catastrophic events like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina , prisoners and at-risk children find comfort in God’s Word, we work alongside ministry partners who provide for their basic needs. The life changing ministry of American Bible Society is made possible by the generous giving of donors, and includes those who have participated in the Combined Federal Campaigns. Every ministry being offered is thoroughly evaluated through extensive due diligence research provided by our Global Scripture Impact group. You can have confidence that your donation is supporting needed Bible ministry to people desperately in need of hope from God’s Word. American Bible Society CFC 10160 is proud to be a participant in the Combined Federal Campaign.

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Alzheimers Association Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters Your memory often changes as you grow older. But memory loss that disrupts daily life is not a typical part of aging. It may be a symptom of dementia. Dementia is a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s (AHLZ-highmerz) disease, a fatal disorder that results in the loss of brain cells and function. It may be hard to know the difference between agerelated changes and the first signs of Alzheimer’s. Ask yourself: Is this something new? For example, if a person was never good at balancing a checkbook, struggling with this task is probably not a warning sign. But if the ability to balance a checkbook has changed significantly, it is something to share with a doctor. Some people may recognize changes in themselves before anyone else notices. Other times, friends and family will be the first to observe changes in a person’s memory, behavior or abilities. To help identify problems early, the Alzheimer’s Association has created this list of warning signs for Alzheimer ’s disease and related dementias. Individuals may experience one or more of these in different degrees. If you notice any of these changes, please see a doctor. Early diagnosis gives you a chance to seek treatment and plan for your future. The Alzheimer ’s Association can help. Visit us at alz.org/10signs or call 800.272.3900.

1. Memory changes that disrupt daily life. One of the most common signs of Alzheimer ’s, especially in the early stages, is forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events; asking for the same information over and over; relying on memory aides (e.g., reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own. What’s a typical age-related change? Sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later. 2. Challenges in planning or solving problems. Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers.

They may have trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before. What’s a typical age-related change? Making occasional errors when balancing a checkbook. 3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure. People with Alzheimer’s often find it hard to complete daily tasks. Sometimes, people may have trouble driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favorite game. What’s a typical age-related change? Occasionally needing help to use the settings on a microwave or to record a television show. 4. Confusion with time or place. People with Alzheimer's can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately. Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there. What’s a typical age-related change? Getting confused about the day of the week but figuring it out later. See Alzheimers continued on page 19

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Prevent Cancer Foundation (formerly the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation)

Linda was familiar with cancer as a survivor. At age 27, she had melanoma – a type of skin cancer that can be fatal, but also curable if detected early. She also experienced cancer as a caregiver. Linda lost her husband to pancreatic cancer and then her adult son was diagnosed with cancer. Fortunately, he underwent a successful stem cell transplant in 2004 and is doing well today. In both cases, a symptom prompted each to get a checkup. In 2010, lightning struck again. After putting off a routine colonoscopy, Linda scheduled hers to avoid a lecture from her doctor. The result: Stage IV colon cancer. According to Linda, “Listening to the oncologist explain the chemotherapy, radiation and future surgery, it seemed like a bad dream. How could this be? I felt great.” Linda was lucky. Stage IV colon cancer is serious, but she received good treatment and is in remission. The reality is that screening saves lives. Breast, cervical, colon, lung, oral, skin, prostate and testicular cancer can be detected early by following screening guidelines.

Cancer can also be preventable.

Are you aware that approximately 50% of all cancers and cancer deaths can be prevented by changing personal behaviors,or that 1 in every 2 men and 1 in every 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime? A recent study published in Science Translational Medicine, reinforced the evidence that tens of thousands of

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Saving lives through cancer prevention and early detection

cancers every year are preventable. The researchers estimate that smoking, obesity, inactivity, poor diets and other factors collectively account for 54.5 percent of all cancer deaths. There is some good news. Both cancer cases and deaths are declining, a result of decades of research, education, screening and services from institutions and organizations across the country, including the Prevent Cancer Foundation. But greater strides need to be made. The National

Cancer Institute estimates that 571,950 men and women died from cancer in 2011. We want to bring that number down and Stop Cancer Before It Starts! You can help. Make cancer prevention a priority and renew your CFC support by designating the Prevent Cancer Foundation - #11074.Your gift will help fund cutting-edge research, provide cancer prevention education and community outreach to underserved communities. For example: • $10 - 1 prostate cancer screening at a State Fair • $25 - 1 skin cancer screening at a State Fair • $250 - 2 mammograms and 5 cervical cancer screenings at ¡Celebremos la vida! • $500 - 2 months of medical supplies for breast and cervical cancer screenings at ¡Celebremos la vida! for 80 women • $1,000 - Distribution of Breast Health Exam DVD and manual to 20 community groups • $2,500 – 1 day of screenings on the GWU/Prevent Cancer Foundation Mammovan • $10,000 - 1 Prevent Cancer Super Colon™ stop at an underserved community • $40,000---1 full year grant for prevention or early detection research Please visit our website for more information at www.preventcancer.org and find us on social media sites like Facebook, Pinterestand Twitter. Designate - CFC #11074. Thank you!

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Baptist Children’s Home Ministries Touching the lives of millions

Founded in 1944, Baptist Children’s Home Ministries (BCHM) has touched the lives of millions of struggling children, families, and communities around the world. Last year, our organization served more than 1.6 million through innovative programs that reach the orphaned, abused and vulnerable. BCHM provides residential care to children through caring group home-based campuses as well as private foster and adoptive homes. Our goal is always to reunite broken families by empowering them through counseling, training and other basic assistance to establish stable, loving homes. When reunification is sadly not an option, we strive to ensure that children are placed into safe adoptive or foster homes.

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AMERICA’S VETERANS SERVED THEIR COUNTRY WITH THE BELIEF THAT FREEDOM IS AN IDEAL TO BE UPHELD. THEIR BELIEF MADE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE. SUPPORT THE ARMY DISTAFFF FOUNDATION AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIVES. The Army Distaff Foundation supports Knollwood, a premier residential and healthcare service community for retired military officers and their families. Founded on a benevolent purpose, the Foundation also provides care to those in need, ensuring that military retirees have access to healthcare and services that they require and have earned through their sacrifice.

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Coalition for the Homeless (D.C.) Rebuilding Lives - Strengthening Communities Our Mission

Success Story

The mission of the Coalition for the Homeless is to provide supportive social services and housing to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The Coalition's goal is to help the homeless to regain their dignity, to become as economically self-sufficient as possible and to return to independent living.

Programs and Accomplishments

In 2011, The Coalition provided direct services to more than 700 people who experienced homelessness, including veterans, and women with children, at 12 sites in the District of Columbia. Services included temporary and permanent housing, food, substance abuse counseling, general social services to assist the participant to obtain benefits such as public assistance and food stamps, employment and housing placement assistance. Veterans are referred to local Veterans Administration offices to address their special needs while receiving other supportive services from the Coalition. Also, the Coalition completed intake and assessments on 2,235 families (2,451 adults and 3,707 children) who sought emergency shelter through the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center, which is the central intake for families in the District of Columbia. The Coalition assisted 241 persons to obtain employment. The average hourly rate was $8 an hour.

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Participants collectively earned more than $4 million in taxable income. Program participants saved more than $65,000 in escrow. The funds placed in escrow are used to assist participants when they move into permanent housing to pay security deposits, first-month rents, and buy household furnishings. The Coalition assisted 244 individuals and families to obtain permanent housing and live independently. Since 2000, the Coalition has provided cash housing assistance to prevent homelessness and to pay first month’s rent and security deposit to secure permanent housing to more than 590 families.

One of the Coalition's many success stories includes Ms. Linda Brown-Robinson who entered the Valley Place Family Transitional Apartment Program. According to Ms. Robinson: Before I became homeless, I had a normal life going to school, working, taking care of my family and my home. Then it happened, I got sick. Somehow I developed a brain aneurysm. I had to have some serious surgery. Then I got behind in my bills, rent, and before I knew it I ended up in a shelter. After living at Valley Place for three months, Ms. Robinson found employment and moved into her own apartment, paying market rent after six months. In addition to becoming homeless, Ms. Robinson had to deal her son, who was seriously injured serving his country in the U.S. Army in Iraq and her own subsequent heart attack due to stress. Ms. Robinson overcame these challenges and returned to college to study Criminal Justice at Gibbs College. Her son has recovered from his injuries and is working.

Information

For more information, copies of our annual report and audit reports are available by writing us at 1234 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., or calling 202-347-8870, fax 347-7279. Please visit our website at www.dccfh.org.

Catholic Chaplains for the U.S. Military War is hell on earth, but through the service of Catholic military chaplains like Father Eric Albertson, Ch, Colselect, USA, a warrior can find Christ in the worst of circumstances. In the autumn of 2004, Father Albertson was deployed to a forward operating base in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, making regular rounds among the troops, celebrating Mass, delivering the sacraments and providing spiritual encouragement, comfort and counseling. On the afternoon of Veterans Day, his convoy came under attack. His vehicle struck an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), swerving out of control, and Father Albertson sustained direct combat-related injuries. He was taken to a Battalion Aid station where he was diagnosed with a severe concussion. Undeterred, Father Albertson was back on the job that weekend, celebrating Mass and moving around the combat zone, ministering to his fellow Soldiers. Such is the life of a Catholic military chaplain serving on the front lines of battle. Father Albertson is among U.S. military chaplains endorsed by the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) to provide for the pastoral care of Catholic individuals and families in the U.S. armed forces, military academies, VA Medical Centers and civilian jobs serving the federal government beyond our borders. Geographically, the AMS is the largest archdiocese in the Church, trans-national without territorial boundaries. It is present throughout the world wherever U.S. military perSeptember 2012

Without the chaplains, U.S. servicemen and women fighting our nation’s wars would go without access to confession, Holy Communion or anointing of the sick. sonnel are stationed. Catholic military chaplains accompany the men and women in uniform wherever they may go, including war zones and battlefronts. The AMS receives no federal funding. Therefore, the unique, global circumstances under which the faithful of the AMS and its chaplains operate require particular attention to ensure that the needs of these Catholics, many of whom are serving or have served in harm's way, are met. Across the nation and around the world, an estimated 1.8 million Catholics depend on these priests for spiritual and sacramental care. Without the chaplains, U.S. servicemen and women fighting our nation’s wars would go without access to confession, Holy Communion or anointing of the sick. Unfortunately, due to a growing shortage of Catholic priests in the military, sometimes they do. As more and more chaplains reach the military retirement age of 62, their population is on the decline. Over the past decade—the longest period of war in U.S. history— the number of active duty Catholic U.S. military chaplains Combined Federal Campaign 1 - Advertising Supplement

has fallen from more than 400 to approximately 260. While 25 percent of the U.S. military is Catholic, Catholic priests now make up only 8 percent of the chaplain corps. Hope is on the horizon. Over the past four years, under the stewardship of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., the AMS has seen a steady increase in the number of young men entering seminaries in various dioceses throughout the country and in Rome to become military chaplains. Their numbers have climbed from only seven in 2008-09, to 12 in 2009-10, 23 in 2010-2011, 31 in 2011-12 and 35 this academic year. The AMS is also processing hundreds of other inquiries from men interested in becoming priests and military chaplains, and expects more to enter seminaries in the years to come. For the AMS, the growing influx of new seminarians poses a dilemma – that is, how to pay for its share of their five-year education. The cost is typically $25,000 per year for each seminarian. Under a thriving “Seminarian CoSponsorship Program,” the AMS splits tuition and related costs 50-50 with each diocese or religious order where the seminarian is educated, incardinated and ordained. By agreement, the seminarian will give his home diocese or order three years of pastoral service immediately following ordination before joining the military, and will return See Chaplains continued on page 19 Page 17

Club Beyond/Military Community Youth Ministries 30 Years of Serving Military Teenagers

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Club Beyond/Military Community Youth Ministries offers 30 years of experience serving military teenagers at installations in Europe, the Pacific Rim, and in the Continental United States. Club Beyond deploys committed, healthy subject matter experts providing effective youth services to military middle and high schoolers. Club Beyond comprises a community of leaders with an exclusively military focus. MCYM staff members are committed to healthy relationships with teens and with local adult volunteers who participate in the delivery of fun youth programs with a nurturing and developmental edge. MCYM/Club Beyond leverages strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations for greatest results. We work with the chapel staff, and with Youth Services staff to offer optimal access that includes teenagers on and off the installation. Club beyond is currently operating on behalf of military teens with more than 100 staff members serving on 50 military bases around the world. Staff members tutor students, and they lead regular, usually weekly, fun club gatherings. Summer Camps and Service Projects create developmental opportunities for teens to grow in maturity and to foster a sense of serving others. Participating teens

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learn to lead their peers, a skill which is among the most challenging lessons to learn in life. Club Beyond creates resiliency in young people through thoughtful mentoring relationships and via engaging discussions of issues that are on the minds of our teenagers. The Club Beyond program, so named by the teenagers it serves, offers enduring programs and resources for military teens and their families during these long days of multiple deployments. A young person can move from one installation to another, and find consistency in the anchor that is Club Beyond at the new base or post. Our resources include The Resiliency Playbook as well as The ReZilient Life (rezilientlife.org) website. Both of these resources are designed specifically for military teens and will help them deal with issues such as deployment, loneliness, isolation, and transition.

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Alzheimers continued from page 13 5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. For some people, having vision problems is a sign of Alzheimer's. They may have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast. In terms of perception, they may pass a mirror and think someone else is in the room. They may not recognize their own reflection. What’s a typical age-related change? Vision changes related to cataracts. 6. New problems with words in speaking or writing. People with Alzheimer's may have trouble following or joining a conversation. They may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue or they may repeat themselves. They may struggle with vocabulary, have problems finding the right word or call things by the wrong name (e.g., calling a "watch" a "hand-clock"). What���s a typical age-related change? Sometimes having trouble finding the right word. 7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. A person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places. They may lose things and be unable to go back over their steps to find them again. Sometimes, they may accuse others of stealing. This may occur more frequently over time. What’s a typical age-related change? Misplacing things from time to time, such as a pair of glasses or the remote control.

Chaplains continued from page 17 8. Decreased or poor judgment. People with Alzheimer's may experience changes in judgment or decision-making. For example, they may use poor judgment when dealing with money, giving large amounts to telemarketers. They may pay less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean. What’s a typical age-related change? Making a bad decision once in a while. 9. Withdrawal from work or social activities. A person with Alzheimer's may start to remove themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports. They may have trouble keeping up with a favorite sports team or remembering how to complete a favorite hobby. They may also avoid being social because of the changes they have experienced. What’s a typical age-related change? Sometimes feeling weary of work, family and social obligations. 10. Changes in mood and personality. The mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer's can change. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone. What’s a typical age-related change? Developing very specific ways of doing things and becoming irritable when a routine is disrupted.

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to the diocese or order upon completion of his military career. In just four years, the AMS’s annual seminary bill has climbed from less than $90,000 to more than $400,000. The Knights of Columbus recently announced a new “Venerable Father McGivney Military Chaplain Scholarship” that will provide $200,000 a year over the next five years. That leaves the archdiocese is still in search of additional funding to make up the difference. Your contribution will help a great deal. In the meantime, chaplains like Father Eric Albertson await reinforcements. During his 2004 tour in Iraq, Father Albertson’s unit took fire indirectly four to five days a week. More than 100 of his troops were killed and more than 650 wounded. Father Albertson was among those to receive the Purple Heart. He has served numerous other assignments with Army units in places like Bosnia, and Haiti as well as another tour in Iraq, and he recently completed his second deployment to Afghanistan. As a priest in the trenches, Father Albertson practices what he calls a “ministry of presence” to his troops. “It’s an incarnational ministry,” he told the Catholic Herald in his home diocese of Arlington, Va. “You have to become one of the people you’re ministering to. They’re a unique breed. You’re working with a large cross-section of the country who are at a crossroads in their life. The chaplain is there to keep them on the moral compass.” For Father Albertson, “presence” in combat zones means living in bombed-out buildings, sleeping on cots, working in the desert without air conditioning, and venturing “outside the wire” for the sake of ministering to the troops. He shares their meals, commiserates during downtime, takes their pictures and otherwise makes his home among a community that functions, by occupation, in harm’s way—always witnessing to the presence of the risen Lord, Jesus Christ and bringing the Good News of Salvation to the men and women who serve our country in uniform.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Foundation Family Gets a Hand Up from VFW Unmet Needs Car repairs put family in a tight spot

Deployments are never easy on any military spouse, but it was particularly hard on Mrs. Foster when her husband [Mr. Foster] was deployed. She suffers from severe immune deficiency disorder and has frequent medical appointments for her treatment. She’s unable to work because of her health issues, so the Fosters rely solely on her husband’s income. When Mrs. Foster’s vehicle needed repairs it put her in a tight spot. Not only did she require transportation to get to her many appointments, but they needed financial assistance for the unexpected car repairs. Luckily the Fosters were familiar with the VFW Unmet Needs program, thanks to a presentation by VFW members at her husband’s military base. Mrs. Foster applied for assistance through the program, and soon learned they were selected as a recipient of a grant. Mrs. Foster was extremely grateful for the help and was surprised by the quick turnaround. The repair shop received the money within a few days, and the repairs only took one day. “We were having a rough time…but due to the VFW we were able to get the help we needed in a timely manner! We cannot thank everyone enough!” said Mrs. Foster. “I thought this experience was amazing…I had thought it was going to

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be a long process, but in fact, it was not,” she continued. Mrs. Foster also expressed gratitude for every Unmet Needs supporter who makes the program possible. “We would like to thank everyone who donates and participates in the VFW program....taking the time to help military families in need is amazing.” She said the last year has been hard on her family, but now she’s hopeful about the future. “After we got this grant things have been looking up for us.” [First name removed to protect privacy of family] - Written by Jennifer McDonald Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Foundation CFC #10511

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Animal Welfare Institute Supporting Humane Treatment of Animals on Family Farms Will Witherspoon is a linebacker for the Tennessee Titans. He is also a farmer—the owner of 500-acre Shire Gate Farm, in Owensville, Mo, where he and his family raise White Park cattle. (The farm is also home to Witherspoon’s Shire horses—hence the name.) In farming circles, Shire Gate is unique for more than just having an owner who happens to be a 12-year NFL veteran, however. The farm is also distinguished by the way the animals on the farm are treated. Shire Gate is certified “Animal Welfare Approved.” Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) is a program of the Animal Welfare Institute, a nonprofit organization established in 1951 and dedicated to alleviating suffering inflicted on animals by humans. Free of charge to the farmer, the AWA program audits and certifies family farms that raise their animals outdoors, on pasture, in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in the country. Animals on AWA farms like Shire Gate live very different lives than those confined indoors on industrial farms. Today, over nine billion animals are raised and slaughtered for food annually in the United States. The vast majority spend bleak lives warehoused within industrialized facilities that maximize profits by treating animals not as sentient creatures, but as production units.

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Raised by the thousands at a single site, many animals exist in such tight quarters that they can scarcely move, let alone behave normally. Some never see the sun. The system is not only cruel. It is dangerous. An estimated 80 percent of all antimicrobials are used in this country to keep animals in overcrowded, stressful and unsanitary conditions from getting sick, and to artificially speed their growth. Such non-therapeutic use, in addition to propping up a terribly inhumane farming system,

contributes to making these antibiotics less effective in treating serious human illnesses. Witherspoon—who has an agricultural engineering degree from the University of Georgia—wanted something different. "I wanted Shire Gate Farm to be true to nature and true to the way things should be done. That means putting the welfare and care of the animals first. My cattle are raised as nature intended, on grass, and aren’t fed growth hormones, antibiotics or other unnatural additives," he says. This past July, Witherspoon was on Capitol Hill to speak at a congressional briefing, warning about the dangers of routinely feeding antibiotics to billions of farm animals. Witherspoon calls this “one of the gravest known threats to human health” and says “it’s been an eye-opening journey as a farmer to see the industrialized practices that have developed. I’m glad I’ve been given the opportunity to try to make a change.” The Animal Welfare Institute, through its AWA program, is partnering with farmers like Will Witherspoon to pioneer a more humane, healthy, sustainable farming system. The AWA program and food label promote the well-being of animals and the viability of family farms, uniting conscientious consumers with farmers who raise their animals with compassion.

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Lupus Foundation of America Fighting for Answers and Awareness

(Washington, DC – LFA) Most people likely can describe the early warning signs and health risks associated with breast cancer and heart disease, but very few people are aware of another potentially fatal disease that disproportionately strikes young women between the ages of 15 and 44. The disease is lupus. The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is working to increase awareness of this serious disease and to find answers to questions that will lead to better treatments. The LFA (CFC Agency #10566) is the oldest and largest national nonprofit charitable organization supporting research on lupus, spreading awareness of the disease, and providing support, services and hope to the estimated one in every 200 Americans who are affected by this unpredictable and devastating disease.

Lupus Can Damage Any Organ System

Lupus is caused when the immune system is out of balance, leading to inflammation that can damage any organ in the body. Common symptoms of lupus are joint pain, fatigue, fevers, and skin rashes. Lupus can damage the heart, lungs, kidneys, and brain, leading to significant disability or even death. Early detection, diagnosis and treatment of lupus often can prevent or reduce serious health complications, such as heart disease, strokes, seizures, and kidney failure.

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able that can help control the disease in most cases. Today, the future is brighter than ever before. The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is supporting research on lupus to learn the underlying causes of lupus and to discover new safe and effective treatments. This new information about how the immune system works is helping doctors to understand how lupus develops and to find ways to slow or stop the disease.

LFA Leads National Effort to Educate Health Professionals and the Public

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Diagnosis of Lupus Can Be Difficult

Lupus is difficult to diagnose because many initial symptoms of the disease often are dismissed as nothing serious. Because the disease develops most often in young people, and disease activity comes and goes over time, it is not uncommon for people with lupus to suffer several years before doctors make a diagnosis.

New Treatments Available

There is no cure for lupus, but treatments are avail-

The LFA provides at no cost a complete series of helpful education booklets and fact sheets on all aspects of lupus, and publishes Lupus Now® magazine, which includes the latest information on new treatments, research findings, lifestyle and wellness articles, and personal stories. The LFA’s Web site, lupus.org, offers lupus information for all audiences, and includes articles written by top lupus experts, and tips for living and coping with the disease. The LFA health educators answer questions, provide referrals, and help people with lupus access services they need to improve their health and quality of life. The LFA also has a nationwide network of chapters and support groups that conduct programs of research, education and support. For more information about lupus and the LFA, please visit the LFA Web site at www.lupus.org or call toll-free 800-558-0121.

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National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc. Making a difference “Americans are fascinated by murders and murderers but not by the families of the people who are killed -an amazingly numerous group, whose members can turn only to one another for sympathy and understanding” by Eric Schlosser Tragically, each year an estimated 14,748 persons are murdered nationwide. The mission of the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. (POMC) is to make a difference through on-going emotional support, education, prevention, advocacy, and awareness. POMC’s vision is to provide support and assistance to all survivors of homicide victims while working to create a world free of murder. Founded in 1978, POMC is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is the only national self-help organization designed solely to offer emotional support, information and advocacy about surviving the loss of a loved one to murder. POMC provides the on-going emotional support needed to help parents and other survivors facilitate the reconstruction of a "new life" and to promote a healthy resolution. Not only does POMC help survivors deal with their acute grief but also helps survivors maneuver through the criminal justice system. POMC has chapters and contact people throughout the United States and the organization provides assistance and support to thousands of survivors each year.

The mission of the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. (POMC) is to make a difference through on-going emotional support, education, prevention, advocacy, and awareness. Facing the death of a loved one is never easy. When murder occurs, the anger, pain and grief are compounded by the crushing realization that another person intentionally took the life of someone precious. The staff of the National Headquarters of POMC will assist any survivor and if possible, will link that person with other survivors in the same vicinity. In addition, the staff is available to provide individual assistance, support and advocacy. The staff will help interested parents or immediate family members form a chapter of POMC in their community. POMC will provide training to professionals in such fields as law enforcement, mental health, social work, community services, law, criminal justice, medicine, education, religion, mortuary science, and the media

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who are interested in learning more about survivors of homicide victims and the aftermath of murder. Some of the programs and services POMC offers are: • On-going emotional support • Monthly chapter support group meetings throughout the country • Parole Block Program (PBP) • Second Opinion Services (SOS) • Murder Is Not Entertainment (MINE) • Court accompaniment • Training for community groups, criminal justice professionals, medical professionals, etc., on the problems faced by survivors • Annual National Conference • Survivors newsletter • National Day of Remembrance (DOR) for Murder Victims • Website Topic Forum • Memorial vigils • Public policy and advocacy • Information on the criminal justice process POMC is also a leader in helping to promote crime victims’ rights and works to ensure all victims are treated with dignity and respect. POMC’s important work in providing support, assistance and services to survivors whose loved ones have been murdered is made possible because of caring people like you.

Rebuilding Lives – Strengthening Communities

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POMC makes the difference through ongoing emotional support, education, prevention, advocacy and awareness. POMC is open to anyone who has suffered the murder of a loved one.

But it was never meant to be permanent With your help, we can turn it around For more than 30 years, the Coalition for the Homeless has been committed to reducing homelessness in the District of Columbia. The causes of homelessness are many and complex – but the solution to homelessness points to one goal: HOUSING.

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