“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” ~ Emory Austin
We hope the information shared here will uplift, inspire, and provide the support and assistance you need.
Our goal is to create awareness about services that promote the value of
self-care through a series of events such as:
Mental health educational seminars
Community bonding via support groups and check-ins.
Nominate A Deserving Caregiver for the
Endearing Caregiver Award
Do you know a caregiver who always goes above and beyond what’s expected?
Do you know one who has a special bond with their loved one or neighbor and makes a difference in their community?
With My Whole Heart presents the “Endearing Caregiver Award."
This gift/experience will be given to three random winners to honor their work and sacrifice.
For more information, please click here.
While COVID- 19 was devasting the nation, my family was dealing with our own crisis. The summer of 2020 we received news that our mom was diagnosed with stage 4 Congestive Heart Failure.
The doctors in Queens had done all they could do and they were ready to send her home with hospice care to live out the rest of her days. They had done all they could but God was just getting started.
In the midst of a global pandemic, I packed up my Brooklyn apartment of 11 years and my mom’s Queens apartment of 43 years, and in five weeks we moved together into a townhome in Port Jefferson Station.
Within two weeks of being in our new home my mom would end up in the hospital again, but this time, she went to the Heart Institute at Stony Brook. I had no idea they specialized in cardiology care– but God knew! And on November 12, 2020, He used a Left Ventricle Assist Device (LVAD) to save her life!
The name, With My Whole Heart, is a nod to the open-heart surgery performed that day when they took a heart that was functioning less and made it whole again. Our mom is our inspiration. Her willpower to live motivates us to fight to make sure she has the best quality of life possible.
As her caregivers, we thank God for our family and friends who have been and continue to be the wind beneath our wings. Unfortunately, everyone doesn’t have support, a listening ear or a village.
With My Whole Heart wants to be that village and a safe-haven for people in the caregiving community.
Meet the Visionaries
Rev. Bernadette Saunders, B.S., M.Div
Rev. Bernadette Charlene Saunders was called to the ministry in January 2000 and received her Master of Divinity (M.Div.) at New York Theological Seminary in May 2002. She was ordained an Elder in January 2003 at Refuge Apostolic Church of Christ in Freeport, New York where she has been a member for over 35 years.
Candice Brown-Saunders, B.A., LMSW
Candice Alyse Brown-Saunders, LMSW is a strong advocate for underprivileged youth and committed to empowering young people to be powerful agents of change for themselves, their families, and communities.
With You In Mind
Join Our Facebook Community
Please join our Facebook Group, With My Whole Heart Community of Caregivers.
This forum will provide a safe, non-judgmental space for us
to share. Open dialogue is encouraged.
We will have quarterly check-in meetings livestreamed on Facebook LIVE. (March, June, September and December)
Quarterly meetings will include professional guests speakers who work in respite care, mental health, health sciences and social work.
We encourage you to join us and be a part of the discussion.
PRIVATE GROUP ZOOM SESSIONS ANNOUNCED AND QUARTERLY LIVESTREAMS THE FIRST MONDAY STARTING IN MARCH
NASSAU & SUFFOLK COUNTY RESPITE SERVICE PROVIDERS
Respite Service Provides & Humans Services