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Emmanuel's Foundation:

A Cornerstone Community

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Emmanuel's Foundation is a community resource for parents who need immediate help in relation to a rare or difficult medical diagnosis for their unborn or newborn child.  Our program provides friendly companionship and also research and educational services related to help the family be their child's best advocate. 

 

Emmanuel's Foundation is an intermediary agency to help families tap into support resources in their immediate area that help families to meet their emotional, spiritual and basic medical needs in a timely manner.  Links to services are presented to families through a 1:1 in-person Parent Support Volunteer assigned to assist each family through navigation of new systems.  Families may receive personal visits in their home or in the hospital and have assistance scheduling or making initial contact to other organizations.  Emmanuel’s Foundation supports volunteers committed to helping  families by finding any and all ways to best help the family meet immediate needs through the resources of the Foundation. 

 

Cornerstone Community is the community of people who are linked together through Emmanuels’ Foundation.  In additional to 1:1 support services and coordination, Emmanuel’s Foundation will also provide an online forum for parents to meet others in the Cornerstone Community.  We will also have a published newsletter called The Cornerstone that will allow community members to publish insights of their journeys to our Affiliates and Benefactors to aid in raising community awareness. 

 

In short, Emmanuel’s Foundation provides parental support, advocacy coaching / mentoring and friendship to parents who are in a pregnancy or have a child with a rare or difficult medical diagnosis. Our mission is to build stronger communities striving together to support families through critical issues, companion parents in their emotional journey and encourage parents to be their child's best advocate.

How we work?  

Our volunteers facilitate an intake and needs analysis from the patient’s family upon their request.  Volunteers create awareness in the social circles of the new Cornerstone Community member.  Coordinators at Emmanuel’s Foundation Headquarters provide "links" to information, documentation and back office facilities to support the family in receiving the information in a timely manner.  These "links" are not hyperlinks as the technically minded may envision, they are a link between the client family and an affiliate agency or organization where information is interchanged.  This may involve coordination for a family to receive appropiate information directly from the referred organization.  The "link" occurs when the Cornerstone family and the Cornerstone affiliate "link-up".   The volunteer making at-home or bedside visits will be the liaison to the members community.

 

Our motto is, "You are not alone!"

 

Additionally, new community members have the option of having Headquarters to automatically link them to national support services that meet their interest.  In addition to our support, research and education services, we are looking to make alliances with RN's, Mid-wives and Doctors (and even lawyers). 

 

Volunteers periodically follow-up with community members to ensure that no need falls between the cracks and that advocacy is initiated before a more serious issue or long term impact becomes realized.  Perhaps it’s more, perhaps it’s less.  It depends on each family’s immediate needs and resources available to them in their immediate area.    

At Emmanuel's Foundation, we recognize how life has qualified most all of us through our personal experiences (good and bad alike) so that we know what worked for us (and what didnt) so that we may be able to understand more deeply with those who experience similar situations ...
 
Join a Cornerstone Community through Emmanuel's Foundation:  offering support and community resources to parents in a pregnancy or with a child having a rare or difficult medical diagnosis.  Helping families tap into support resources in their immediate area to meet their emotional, spiritual and medical needs in a timely manner.  To build stronger communities striving together to support families through critical issues, companion parents in their emotional journey and encourage parents to be their child's best advocate.

Emmanuel's Foundation has founded several Cornerstone Communities but Cornerstone Communities of Emmanuel's Foundation (CC of EF) is our personalized private Bulletin Board and Emmanuel's Support Group (via Yahoo Groups) are our own online Forums for visual/social fellowship.  

The Foundation is currently populating our first community members ... if you want to share your story, we invite you to join in this growing community as we kick off our inaugural year beginning May 2007. 

has two ways to communicate electronically!!!
 
1- We have newly formatted the CC of EF Bulletin Board and are now accepting new logins. 
Log into our new Bulletin Board FORUM named Cornerstone Communities of Emmanuel's Foundation (CC of EF) and be the first to set up a welcome message or write your story for new families logging into our community of support.  CC of EF is an online Forum for supporting Parents in a pregnancy or with a child that has been diagnosed with a rare/negative or difficult medical diagnosis.
2- Additionally, Our Yahoo Message Board is a support group that allows visual interaction for those that want to post pictures / albums, links and more in reference to your particular story. 
Dont hesitate to use either of our two forums to communicate your thoughts or concerns about your situation. 
 
Subscribe to: Emmanuel's Support - a Cornerstone Community

 

As we kick off our inaugural year, we need community support to bring these services to the homes of the families that need help.  Will you consider sponsoring a family or offering your support to your community?  

 

Together, our support should help to alleviate the isolation of anyone affected by a negative diagnosis, syndrome or disorder and to raise public awareness within local communities.

Ponder the reality of receiving a terminal diagnosis for your child.  Think of all parents who are challenged to give up or lose hope due to a rare or difficult medical diagnosis in their infant child.  Help these families, parents and children; receive a gift of fellowship in the community during this difficult journey.  

 

Anthony Emmanuel Arritola is one of these children and our family was gracefully carried along a journey from crushing grief and sorrow to an unexplainable calmness allowing us to better manage reality.  

 

This foundation is built in memory of all families who have struggled and most especially, Anthony Emmanuel Arritola – a Trisomy survivor that lived 11 months to teach the medical community not by science but by outliving the probability of odds in what only appeared to be explained as miracles.  

 

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"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God ..." 
(2 Corinthians 1:3-5)

 

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