Funcavida is a non-profit organization in San Ramón that works with cancer patients/survivors and their families to offer multi-dimensional support for their journey thru the disease and their reentry into everyday living. They provide a myriad of services: physical therapy, psychological counseling, education, and workshops on topics such as general wellness, cancer prevention, and staying positive during treatment and recovery. They also help program participants create opportunities to generate income, gain education skills needed for employment, and they encourage and provide opportunities for engagement and health through recreational activities and volunteering within their own organization and in the community.
Funcavida is fortunate to have an onsite kitchen where they can provide meals and snacks during the day for their cancer patients/survivors and their families in need. While they are able to access the food bank in San José for basic food needs and a local grocery store does provide a food donation on a weekly basis, managing their monthly food budget requires attention and resourcefulness. Consequently, they are most appreciative of the food support assistance CAA is able to provide to them. Based on the food support fundraising we have done so far this year, we are able to commit to a monthly donation to Funcavida of 45,000 colones from July until December 2023 to support their food resource needs. They are excited to be able to share with us in the months ahead photos and/or other testimonials of how their cancer patients/survivors and their families are benefiting from the positive support we provide.
A heartfelt “thank you” is in order to all the CAA members and friends who have helped to make it possible for CAA to provide food support assistance to the three organizations we are now helping on a monthly basis—Árbol de Esperanza, Hogarcito, and Funcavida. Your generosity and concern for the well-being of others in our adopted community is impressive and commendable!
If you would like to continue to help, you can visit Feeding Hungry Families www.globalgiving.org/56450 to provide a secure online donation or give your contribution to any Board member at Thursday morning coffee or a mixer.
In the case of Funcavida, a special thank you to Helena G., CAA member, and Sara A., yoga studio owner and teacher, for their assistance in facilitating a connection to Funcavida’s management team and scheduling the meeting. Helena is currently offering free tai chi classes to Funcavida’s cancer patients/survivors and Sara is helping her with translation. Sara also volunteered to attend the meeting with Janice, Mary Lou, Maria, and Andrea to provide translation services. We are so grateful for your willingness to share your gifts and talents to help others!
~Mary Lou H., Sustainability Committee Chair