Wellness House Announces Generous Memorial Donation from Michael Kurtz, in Honor of Cherie Loustaunau

Wellness House Announces Generous Memorial Donation from Michael Kurtz, in Honor of Cherie Loustaunau

Wellness House Announces Generous Memorial Donation from Michael Kurtz, in Honor of Cherie Loustaunau

With gratitude, Wellness House of Annapolis is pleased to announce a Memorial Donation from Michael Kurtz in memory of his wife, Cherie Loustaunau, and in honor of her commitment to the Anne Arundel Women Giving Together (AAWGT) and its mission.

In partnership with AAWGT, Michael Kurtz has awarded the $20,000 Cherie Loustaunau Memorial Donation to Wellness House of Annapolis to support our ongoing work in providing support, education, and services to help individuals and families who have been touched by cancer. A passionate and active member of AAWGT, Cherie was known for her love and support of nature and our environment, music, and our Annapolis community.

We are incredibly grateful for this gift making it possible for us to continue to serve our community free of charge, especially during these times.

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All About Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Seminar

All About Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Seminar

All About Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Seminar

We had the honor of hosting Phebe Duff, certified MBSR instructor, who shared with our community an introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). MBSR is a person-centered educational approach which uses training in mindfulness, meditation, and yoga as the core of a program to teach people how to take better care of themselves and live healthier and more adaptive lives.

We are excited to announce that MBSR will be offered to our community-at-large as an 8-week series starting on Thursday, February 18th – April 8th 2021!

Click here for more information.

See the 1-hour Facebook Live-streamed recording below, and experience this transformative practice today.

 

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Understanding the Difference Between Supportive (Palliative) and Hospice Care with Hospice of the Chesapeake

Understanding the Difference Between Supportive (Palliative) and Hospice Care with Hospice of the Chesapeake

Understanding the Difference Between Supportive (Palliative) and Hospice Care with Hospice of the Chesapeake

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This spring, we had the honor of welcoming Patti McMillan, Director of Medical Practice Management at Hospice of the Chesapeake to discuss the difference between Supportive Care and Hospice Care. A recording of this presentation can be viewed below:

Often recommended at the time a serious illness is first diagnosed, supportive care, also known as palliative care, helps you manage not just your medical condition but physical, emotional, spiritual and practical matters before, during and after treatment. Unfortunately, often those who could benefit the most from this field of medicine are put off because of confusion between palliative and hospice care. This seminar helps to provide clarity on palliative medicine and can help you determine if it is right for you.

Patti shares that Hospice of the Chesapeake (HOC) is a valuable resource for both palliative care and hospice care. Supportive (palliative) care with Chesapeake Supportive Care affirms life amidst conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cancer, or anything that puts a barrier or limitation on one’s life but you still have hope for the future. Hospice care is focused on the dignity of dying for patients with a life expectancy of 6 months or less if the illness runs its usual course. All medical providers at HOC are board certified, and they work in conjunction with your primary care physician.

Symptom management from Chesapeake Supportive Care aims to help provide relief from pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, and other side effects that can accompany cancer. The providers at Chesapeake Supportive Care can help you continue to live your life and do the things you like to do. This supportive care can be executed in hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, outpatient at the Hussman Supportive Care Center in Pasadena, and in your own home – if you are homebound, they come to your home.

Chesapeake Supportive Care providers can also assist with advanced care planning including explaining the MOLST (Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) form, which is helpful for you and your loved ones to have in case of emergency.

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For a full list of helpful resources, click here to visit their website.

Wellness House Closed 3/16 – 3/27 Due to COVID-19 Virus Precautions

Wellness House Closed 3/16 – 3/27 Due to COVID-19 Virus Precautions

Wellness House Closed 3/16 – 3/27
Due to CoVID-19 Virus Precautions

Dear Wellness House Community,

Out of consideration for public health and safety and that of our members, volunteers and staff, Wellness House of Annapolis will be closed for programs and services from Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 27. This plan follows the advisement of Governor Hogan and is consistent with the closings of our local public school systems.

While we understand this can be disconcerting, we’d like to affirm that your health and well-being is a priority for us. At the Wellness House we regularly take precautions against spreading germs, and are being particularly mindful of this given that a large percentage of our members have compromised immune systems.

Please look out for email and website updates from our team during the next two weeks, as any updates or new developments will be shared online.

Please also feel free to contact us at (410) 990-0941 or admin@annapoliswellnesshouse.org if you have any questions.

Keep an eye on your email! We still hope to stay connected with you over the next 2 weeks.

Though the House will be closed, we look forward to sharing online resources for your wellness, education, and connection with cancer-related support information starting next week.
We hope you remain safe and well, and please remember the following recommendations from the CDC and World Health Organization.

Sincerely,

The Wellness House Team

Wellness House Kicks Off Fundraising Challenge with DeCesaris Family Foundation & Maryland’s First Lady

Wellness House Kicks Off Fundraising Challenge with DeCesaris Family Foundation & Maryland’s First Lady

Wellness House of Annapolis Kicks Off Fundraising Challenge with Support from The Geaton & JoAnn DeCesaris Family Foundation and Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan

Wellness House of Annapolis is excited to announce that the Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Family Foundation has pledged to match – dollar for dollar – donations to Wellness House up to $50,000 received now through December 15, 2019.

The DeCesaris family graciously hosted a fundraising kick-off reception which netted over $30,000 in support of the local nonprofit’s services to cancer patients and their families. In attendance was Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan, who is no stranger to the value of this mission:

“Wellness House of Annapolis is a healing place for both body and soul. As a caregiver myself, I know cancer can be complicated and stressful and can bring up difficult emotions – that’s where The Wellness House of Annapolis comes in. This House has something for everyone – those who have been touched by cancer as well as family and friends who are providing support. Thank you to the dedicated staff, the DeCesaris family, and many friends at Wellness House. God bless.”

This generous gift-matching pledge helps make possible the numerous free support groups, counseling services, health and well-being programs, classes, and more, available to community members affected by cancer. Wellness House looks to the community for help reaching and surpassing this $50,000 goal. This is a unique opportunity for any person who supports cancer and wellness programs at the Wellness House, to double the impact of their contributions. The proceeds will help meet the needs of our growing community in 2020.

Those interested in contributing may visit www.annapoliswellnesshouse.org/donate to donate.

Over $70,000 Raised by Community for Local Cancer-Support Nonprofit

Over $70,000 Raised by Community for Local Cancer-Support Nonprofit

Over $70,000 Raised by Community for Local Cancer-Support Nonprofit

On a gorgeous end -of-summer evening, community members gathered on the Catherine Marie – a Watermark yacht – to show their support for Wellness House of Annapolis. Wednesday, September 11, 2019 marked Wellness House’s 5th annual Anchors Away! Sunset Cruise on the Severn, a dynamic evening where a wide range of locals looking to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer.

Over $70,000 was raised for the cause, thanks to a great turnout by generous supporters and donors, including Hospice of the Chesapeake, The Jim and Linda Humphrey Foundation, and The William J. Shaw Family Foundation, Inc., to name a few. The evening’s success allows the Annapolis nonprofit to continue to offer dozens of cancer survivorship programs, support groups, wellness and counseling services, and more free of charge to community members who have been touched by the disease.

Wellness House of Annapolis Announces New Executive Director

Wellness House of Annapolis Announces New Executive Director

Wellness House of Annapolis Announces
New Executive Director

Wellness House of Annapolis (WH) is excited to announce a new Executive Director, Mary Jermann. Jermann joins WH leadership after working with Hospice of the Chesapeake as director of volunteer services. She brings a dedication to working with volunteers to provide compassionate care for patients and families.

With an extensive background in both corporate and nonprofit arenas, Jermann joins a warm team of professionals devoted to supporting the nonclinical psychosocial needs of Marylanders affected by cancer and their families. “Wellness House is so fortunate to have someone with Mary Jermann’s character and leadership experience as Executive Director,” MaryAleese Schreiber, vice president of the Wellness House Board of Directors, states. “She is passionate about our mission and has a ‘can-do’ attitude. Mary and our dedicated staff will be an excellent team.”

Jermann has nearly three decades of corporate experience, including roles as vice president at T. Rowe Price and director of operations at Kinloch & Associates. Her rich history in working with a variety of nonprofits includes several years as a licensed consultant with the Maryland Nonprofits’ Standards for Excellence program. Jermann holds a bachelor of science degree from University of Maryland and is certified as a life coach by the Martha Beck Institute. When describing this next phase of her career at WH, Jermann explains, “After my own personal experiences and working with hospice patients, I have developed a passion for wellness programs, which has led me to this warm, welcoming home full of compassionate people. I am looking forward to expanding these offerings to reach more individuals and organizations within the community we serve.”

Jermann starts her new position as Executive Director of WH on August 5. She can be contacted at mary@annapoliswellnesshouse.org.

Camp kicking off summer for children touched by cancer

Camp kicking off summer for children touched by cancer

Annual Camp Kicking Off Summer for
Children Touched by Cancer

This week Wellness House of Annapolis hosted its 8th Annual Paint Your Rainbow Summer Camp for over 30 children affected by cancer in their families, through a loved one with the disease. We were joined by wonderful – and generous – local businesses who gifted their time and resources for activities, including:

  • Therapeutic Song Writing with music therapist Sean Lane, Therapeutic Art with Artworks Studio, and Goat Yoga with Goat to be Zen Yoga
  • Exploring nature and critters with EcoAdventures, and reading stories with therapeutic dogs thanks to Caring Canines
  • Photography Scavenger Hunt with Wendy Preslan of NanaSue Photography, Irish Dancing with Junior LAOH Irish Dancers, and had Family Portraits thanks to Emily Schmitt Photography
  • Frozen treats thanks to Kona Ice, lunches thanks to Galway Bay, Papa John’s Pizza, Naval Bagels, Chick Fil A, Sam’s Club, and desserts thanks to Subway and Uncle Bob’s cookies

Campers learned mindfulness strategies, expressed themselves through art, and found new ways to resiliently cope with cancer in their families through music and friendship. They also identified strengths within themselves and others through photography. Thanks to generous community supporters, this was all at no cost to families at Wellness House of Annapolis.

For more on our camp, visit our Facebook page.

Geaton & JoAnn DeCesaris Family Foundation Generously Matches Wellness House of Annapolis Fundraising

Geaton & JoAnn DeCesaris Family Foundation Generously Matches Wellness House of Annapolis Fundraising

Wellness House of Annapolis Kicks Off Fundraising Challenge with Support from The Geaton & JoAnn DeCesaris Family Foundation and Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan

Wellness House of Annapolis is excited to announce that the Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Family Foundation has matched $100,000 in donations raised for Wellness House to continue to provide education, counseling, wellness programs, and more services free to thousands of community members affected by cancer!

Wellness House relies entirely on individual donations, grants, and corporate sponsorships to make numerous opportunities for life-changing support available at no cost to the community. Abundantly generous support from community fundraising efforts allowed Wellness House to reach its $100,000 goal in December 2018, and the gracious matching gift of $100,000 by the DeCesaris Family foundation ensures that Wellness House will be able to continue to serve the community in 2019.

Geaton & JoAnn DeCesaris Family Foundation Pledges Generous Matching Gift for Wellness House of Annapolis Fundraising

Geaton & JoAnn DeCesaris Family Foundation Pledges Generous Matching Gift for Wellness House of Annapolis Fundraising

Wellness House of Annapolis Kicks Off Fundraising Challenge with Support from The Geaton & JoAnn DeCesaris Family Foundation and Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan

This giving season, Wellness House of Annapolis is honored and excited to announce that the Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Family Foundation has pledged to match – dollar for dollar – donations to Wellness House up to $100,000 received from now through December 15, 2018. The DeCesaris/Prout Cancer Foundation graciously hosted a fundraising reception that kicked off the campaign with a $10,000 gift to Wellness House.

Wellness House relies entirely on individual donations, grants, and corporate sponsorships to make numerous support groups, counseling services, programs, classes, and more available for free to thousands of community members affected by cancer. This generous gift-matching pledge helps make it possible for Wellness House to continue to provide free support and services, and offers individual and corporate donors a unique opportunity to double the impact of their contributions. Wellness House welcomes the community’s support to reach their $100,000 goal so that they can continue to meet the needs of their members in 2019. Those interested in contributing may visit www.annapoliswellnesshouse.org/donate to donate.