Contra Costa Today Ep 019: The Network of Care

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On this episode, I talk with Janet Frazier of The Network of Care. She shares the story of how on December 16, 2000, her life forever changed which triggered the launch of The Network of Care.

Her daughters, Stephanie (age 20) and Lindsey (age 17) were involved in a tragic car accident. Her oldest daughter Stephanie did not survive the accident; our youngest daughter Lindsey was in critical condition. She shares how she didn’t eat for almost three days until a nurse provided a half of a sandwich to her which gave her the idea to launch the non-profit.

The Network of Care provides in-hospital meal bags for families who are keeping a vigil over their sick or injured child. Because these families may not have the time, energy, or presence of mind to look after their own needs while they are concerned about their child, our Network provides gifts of food to sustain their strength, support and comfort.

They are now in more than 50 hospitals and provided over 240,000 bags.

00:45 – Janet Frazier explains how The Network of Care was created.
04:20 – A nurse provided Frazier a sandwich, someone providing something so nice on a horrific day in December of 2000.
05:35 – how filling a bag of grab and go food items turned into The Network of Care… started at Kaiser in Walnut Creek
07:02 – What is in the bags
07:40 – Significance of purple and butterflies
08:08 – The Network of Care has grown to 58-hospitals in 13-counties.
10:15 – Public and private support systems, Special Education students from Deer Valley High School in Antioch also assist in the program.
13:00 – Partnership with Chevron and their volunteerism
14:22 – Frazier shares what it’s like to hear stories from other families who have received a bag. Praises the nursing staffs and case workers.
16:05 – What The Network of Care has done for Frazier in the recovery process
17:03 – Shares how people can attend The Network of Care Crab Feed event or donate.

For more on The Network of Care, please visit: http://thenetworkofcare.org/


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