CaringMatters

CaringMatters CaringMatters (founded as Hospice Caring in 1989) serves children, adults and families facing life-threatening illness & grieving the death of a loved one. We provide social supports & community education so that no one dies or grieves alone.
CaringMatters (founded as Hospice Caring in 1989) serves children, adults and families facing life-threatening illness and experiencing the death of a loved one. CaringMatters also increases community awareness and advocacy about end-of-life concerns, advance care planning and grief. CaringMatters serves the culturally and economically diverse residents of Montgomery County, Maryland. Our small staff and a large volunteer community provide adult and child bereavement and caregiving direct services. All volunteers are screened and have completed at least three full days of specialized training; ongoing training and support are given. Programs are regularly evaluated for their impact on people CaringMatters serves. All services are delivered free-of-charge; none are covered by Medicare or other public or private insurances. A mix of individual and business donors, foundations and government supports CaringMatters.
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Do you want to make a positive difference in the community? Now is the perfect opportunity to join the CaringMatters' fa...
06/17/2020
Employment | CaringMatters

Do you want to make a positive difference in the community? Now is the perfect opportunity to join the CaringMatters' family! We are currently accepting applications for the part-time (20 hours/week) position of Community Resource Specialist. This new position will provide comprehensive case management for adults with cancer and their families to improve quality of life and help them maintain the highest possible ability to function within the community throughout their treatment and beyond. The position will be located between CaringMatters (Gaithersburg, MD) and Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center (Rockville, MD). Please share with your networks and encourage qualified candidates to apply! Read more here: https://www.caringmatters.org/employment

Founded in 1989, CaringMatters is a community-based, nonprofit organization in Gaithersburg, Maryland, that provides social support services for people facing serious, illnesses and grief.  The organization has a small professional staff and a large, robust pool of compassionate volunteers who deli...

When someone close to us dies, we grieve. These feelings may be all mixed up and they may hit us in waves. With Father's...
06/13/2020

When someone close to us dies, we grieve. These feelings may be all mixed up and they may hit us in waves. With Father's Day coming, families may be experiencing extra strong waves of grief. The days leading up to Father's Day can be very challenging. It helps to find activities to do that feel comforting and supportive a week or so before the holiday. Here are some ways to begin a conversation about your feelings and to remember Dad: https://conta.cc/37pLSs8

CaringMatters is heartbroken by the brutal death of George Floyd, and we grieve deeply with his family and friends. We a...
06/04/2020

CaringMatters is heartbroken by the brutal death of George Floyd, and we grieve deeply with his family and friends. We are committed to serving a diverse county, and we ache when any members of the community are in pain. We support all who grieve this tragic loss of life, especially the Black community. CaringMatters will always invite in every person who comes to our door in search of support, compassion, empathy, and a sense of community. Grief and loss are universal; so are the human rights of dignity and respect of all. We stand against the injustices that have plagued our nation for generations and look forward to making the strides to equity for all together.

This article offers resources to help make sense of grief in this unusual and anxious time.
06/01/2020
Resources For Grieving In The Time Of Covid-19

This article offers resources to help make sense of grief in this unusual and anxious time.

In the aftermath of Covid-19, much of the world is grieving: deaths of loved ones, , the loss of normalcy, etc. This post lists a couple of resources to help you process your tried in time of covid-19.

Thank you to The Nonprofit Village for hosting Allison Stearns, CaringMatters' Chief Executive Officer, to discuss our p...
05/29/2020
Montgomery Community Media

Thank you to The Nonprofit Village for hosting Allison Stearns, CaringMatters' Chief Executive Officer, to discuss our programs, which provide critical emotional support, free of charge, to those with serious illness, caregiving challenges and grief.

The Nonprofit Village's Kim Jones hosts this episode of Studio 501c3 which features CaringMatters's executive director Allison Stearns. The Gaithersburg nonprofit helps dying residents and their grieving loved ones through the end-of-life process.

05/25/2020
May is #MentalHealthMonth! This year’s theme is #Tools2Thrive. Exploring practical tools that everyone can use to improv...
05/11/2020

May is #MentalHealthMonth! This year’s theme is #Tools2Thrive. Exploring practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health.

CaringMatters is working in the community to help people and support them in their grief during this challenging time. For more resources check out https://www.caringmatters.org/covid19resources

There are many things that friends and family can do to help someone through a difficult Mother’s Day. Here are some hel...
05/09/2020
How to be more thoughtful about your Mother’s Day greetings

There are many things that friends and family can do to help someone through a difficult Mother’s Day. Here are some helpful resources:
https://optionb.org/articles/how-to-be-more-thoughtful-about-your-mothers-day-greetings?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=obtmd&fbclid=IwAR3yohVnNtjNrfnDxMC4jatg3kJcx1maP947gA0z82bSuBqrudBlglQ27kw

Before wishing someone “Happy Mother’s Day,” consider these three things.

Thank you to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Gaithersburg Maryland for featuring CaringMatters' programs on their website...
05/08/2020
CaringMatters: Resources for caregivers, for those facing challenges of illness, loss and grief — Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Thank you to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Gaithersburg Maryland for featuring CaringMatters' programs on their website and social media! Community partnerships, like this one with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, allow us to work "hand-in-hand," even in this time of physical distancing, to provide support to those facing caregiving challenges or grieving the loss of a loved one.

Our local community has many wonderful resources that we want to highlight during these weeks. CaringMatters is one such resource for those facing challenges of illness, loss and grief.

Please join CaringMatters for a free webinar on Wednesday, May 20th at 12pm: Supporting Grieving Students After a Death:...
05/07/2020

Please join CaringMatters for a free webinar on Wednesday, May 20th at 12pm: Supporting Grieving Students After a Death: How We Can Help Them Build Resilience. The presenter will be Gilly Bayes Cannon, CaringMatters' Director of Children's Bereavement Services. Participate in a hands-on, resilience-building activity to use with students in-person or through Zoom. Learn how this type of interactivity can help students identify coping tools to support them through their grief. The webinar is designed for school counselors, teachers, social services professionals from community-based organizations, and mental health professionals who work in an education setting with grieving children. Information & registration: https://www.caringmatters.org/professional-development

We know that for many grieving families, Mother's Day can be a particularly challenging day. With the added anxiety abou...
05/07/2020

We know that for many grieving families, Mother's Day can be a particularly challenging day. With the added anxiety about Coronavirus, you and your children may find it even more difficult. Here are some ways you can remember mom or another important person, together as a family, and share some of the many feelings you may be grappling with. We encourage you to do these activities together, talk and share the experience. View activities online here: https://conta.cc/35n7aWw

"[CaringMatters] is a first-rate organization and ahead of its time. Culturally, we are moving toward naming and having ...
04/27/2020

"[CaringMatters] is a first-rate organization and ahead of its time. Culturally, we are moving toward naming and having open discussions about how powerful and universal grief is in our lives. Our organizations are beginning to acknowledge grief and educate on the process. CaringMatters has, for decades, been at the forefront of offering our community these essential services before they were commonly recognized as foundational to wellbeing." - Jessica Campain, CaringMatters Volunteer

The Dougy Center
04/24/2020
The Dougy Center

The Dougy Center

Register today for the 32nd International Healing After Suicide Loss Conference, (HASLC) co-sponsored by the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) happening tomorrow, Saturday, April 25th virtually from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PT. This is an amazing opportunity to be with others who are also grieving after someone dies of suicide. Registration is free!

"I began volunteering in November 2014. I had just retired and was looking for a way to continue to contribute to the we...
04/24/2020

"I began volunteering in November 2014. I had just retired and was looking for a way to continue to contribute to the well-being of our county's residents. I've contributed by strengthening CaringMatters' program performance system so that we're able to report our success in delivering programs that make a positive difference in people's lives. I so admire our volunteers who work with our clients. It is my honor to be able help communicate their impact to everyone." - Carol Walsh, CaringMatters Volunteer

"My time with CaringMatters has opened new paths and doorways for me. I have gained knowledge and experience I can build...
04/24/2020

"My time with CaringMatters has opened new paths and doorways for me. I have gained knowledge and experience I can build on. The Family Night program provides a chance for families of all ages to explore difficult feelings with color, line, fibers or collage. Families sit together with extraordinary facilitators and bravely allow their feelings to emerge through art. Being there with the CaringMatters team is an incredible privilege. They help repair the world through vision, planning and compassion. I do a small part by giving voice to the importance of art in the search for human wholeness." - Jessie Nathans, CaringMatters Volunteer

"My time working as a volunteer and a co-facilitator at CaringMatters has helped me to find purpose and a feeling of con...
04/23/2020

"My time working as a volunteer and a co-facilitator at CaringMatters has helped me to find purpose and a feeling of contributing after the death of my husband in August of 2017. While processing my own grief with the help of the CaringMatters support group, it became increasingly important to me to try to create structure and a sense of a new identity in my life as a widow.

I want people to know that CaringMatters is a loving, hands-on organization that provides whatever support is needed by its clients. There are no hard rules or deadlines when it come to the support provided either in homes or support groups around Montgomery County. My experience has been nothing but positive and, at many times, inspiring. I am grateful for the opportunity CaringMatters has provided me both through its excellent training and my volunteer work." - Kathy Sheehy, CaringMatters Volunteer

"We have a saying among grief support group facilitators that we get more from the groups than the members. I don’t know...
04/22/2020

"We have a saying among grief support group facilitators that we get more from the groups than the members. I don’t know if that’s true, but I get a lot." - Patrick Curtis, CaringMatters Volunteer

"What an amazing group of warm-hearted, compassionate, dedicated people! I’ve done work with a lot of organizations and ...
04/21/2020

"What an amazing group of warm-hearted, compassionate, dedicated people! I’ve done work with a lot of organizations and have to say that CaringMatters has been the most grounded, supportive and passion-driven place.

CaringMatters supports and appreciates their volunteers – providing training, guidance and an open exchange of ideas. It is refreshing volunteering at a place where my opinions and ideas are valued and utilized." -Cathy Bamji, CaringMatters Volunteer

"I started volunteering with CaringMatters in March 2018.  I really like what I do. Volunteering gives me an opportunity...
04/20/2020

"I started volunteering with CaringMatters in March 2018. I really like what I do. Volunteering gives me an opportunity to meet people with similar values and interests. We always exchange ideas and many other things, like recipes, movies, TV shows or books of interest to name a few. I even have made a friend! I also enjoy the lunch time with staff members and volunteers, a lot.

We don't realize that there is so much need for support in the community and I am proud to be part of the process. I have helped co-facilitate spousal support and parent support groups. Coming from the different culture and background, I did not anticipate to be healed myself by parent support group participants." Viraj Lathigra, CaringMatters Volunteer

Check out CaringMatters' latest E-Newsletter with details about our new virtual services, an update on Raise Your Glass,...
04/20/2020

Check out CaringMatters' latest E-Newsletter with details about our new virtual services, an update on Raise Your Glass, new Camp Erin dates, and Volunteer Appreciation! Read all the latest here: https://conta.cc/2Rph6c8

"I would like everyone grieving the loss of a loved one to know that they don't have to grieve alone. At CaringMatters, ...
04/17/2020

"I would like everyone grieving the loss of a loved one to know that they don't have to grieve alone. At CaringMatters, they can receive the support and tools they need to help with their grieving journey." Cecilia Thonet, CaringMatters Volunteer

Vandana Kharod, CaringMatters Volunteer
04/15/2020

Vandana Kharod, CaringMatters Volunteer

Sarah Miller, a member of one of CaringMatters' support groups for survivors of suicide loss, authored an essay on her e...
04/14/2020
Grief Dialogues Blog

Sarah Miller, a member of one of CaringMatters' support groups for survivors of suicide loss, authored an essay on her experience with suicide loss. CaringMatters is honored and proud to be a part of Sarah's journey. Read the insightful and poignant essay here: https://griefdialogues.com/eleven-months/

The Grief Dialogues Eleven Months Blogs

"I could be a cheerleader for CaringMatters. Having been a social worker since 1988, I have worked with many organizatio...
04/14/2020

"I could be a cheerleader for CaringMatters. Having been a social worker since 1988, I have worked with many organizations. CaringMatters stands alone as they are the only organization I am familiar with that care equally about the community, the people they serve, the diversity of the people they serve, and how they have the time to equally care about the comfort level of their volunteers.

I love helping anyway I can whether directly working with a client, picking up a prescription, picking up food, or just a phone call to say hello." Shirley Korth, CaringMatters Volunteer

The Community Needs Our Support ...And We Needs Yours!We are honored to know that the community depends on us for suppor...
04/06/2020

The Community Needs Our Support ...And We Needs Yours!
We are honored to know that the community depends on us for support and a caring presence every day. Moving forward, we are preparing for our services to be in extremely high demand. However, these services come at a cost. We’re counting on YOU - our community of supporters - to help us prepare to meet the increasing needs for support. Please consider making a donation now, using the button below. Read more about our resources and services available during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.caringmatters.org/covid19resources

"As we struggle to learn to live with so many things we never imagined, perhaps the hardest is not being together in tim...
04/04/2020
When You Can't Be With A Dying Family Member

"As we struggle to learn to live with so many things we never imagined, perhaps the hardest is not being together in times of illness and loss."

What do we do when we can’t be together physically? How can we feel connected? How do express care when can’t be in the same room, give a hug, or hold a hand?

"Alongside the physical pandemic, the novel coronavirus is causing a pandemic of grief. That’s what we’re all feeling ri...
04/01/2020
Coronavirus and the Six Needs of Mourning - Center for Loss & Life Transition

"Alongside the physical pandemic, the novel coronavirus is causing a pandemic of grief. That’s what we’re all feeling right now—grief. It’s important to recognize that." - Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D.

https://www.centerforloss.com/2020/03/coronavirus-six-needs/

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.   Alongside the physical pandemic, the novel coronavirus is causing a pandemic of grief. That’s what we’re all feeling right now—grief. It’s important to recognize that. Grief is everything we think and feel inside of us whenever our attachments are threatened, har...

We know the spring holidays, such as Easter and Passover, are coming. Due to the unprecedented times we're experiencing,...
03/31/2020
Memories: Connection & Comfort

We know the spring holidays, such as Easter and Passover, are coming. Due to the unprecedented times we're experiencing, we are unable to provide our in-person Children's Bereavement programs. However, we are here to support you and provide resources. At this time of year, your thoughts may linger on memories and traditions from when your special person was still alive. Here are some ways to honor and begin a conversation about your person, remembering their personality, gifts, and the special times you shared.

https://conta.cc/33NNlGZ

NAGC National Alliance for Grieving Children
03/28/2020

NAGC National Alliance for Grieving Children

Crisis Text Line from NAGC supporter New York Life Foundation

If you're in crisis, or feeling anxious and isolated, text FUTURE to 741741 to connect with a trained Crisis Counselor through Crisis Text Line. It's free, 24/7, confidential support, all via text.

New York Life Insurance Company is partnering with Crisis Text Line, which provides free, 24/7 and confidential support for those in an emotional crisis, all via text. They support individuals across a range of issues from anxiety and depression, to suicide and self-harm, and lots of issues in between. Their trained Crisis Counselors use active listening, empathy and collaborative problem solving to help texters move from a hot moment to a cool calm.
Through their partnership with Crisis Text Line, your community has access to support at their fingertips.

"The current situation requires us to notice our emotions more carefully, to honor them in a way, to access them, and we...
03/26/2020
Grieving in the midst of the coronavirus — what to know and how to help others

"The current situation requires us to notice our emotions more carefully, to honor them in a way, to access them, and we may have to do that by ourselves more than we typically would do."

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/grieving-in-the-midst-of-the-coronavirus-what-to-know-and-how-to-help-others-2020-03-25

Mourning the death of a loved one is hard, and the coronavirus crisis makes it even more difficult. The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has killed more...

This article features interesting perspectives on advance care planning conversations in the time of COVID-19. "Hospital...
03/26/2020
Hospitals consider universal do-not-resuscitate orders for coronavirus patients

This article features interesting perspectives on advance care planning conversations in the time of COVID-19. "Hospitals on the front lines of the pandemic are engaged in a heated private debate over a calculation few have encountered in their lifetimes — how to weigh the “save at all costs” approach to resuscitating a dying patient against the real danger of exposing doctors and nurses to the contagion of coronavirus."

Worry that ‘all hands’ responses may expose doctors and nurses to infection prompts debate about prioritizing the needs of the many over the one and look for ways to prioritize their survival.

Address

518 S. Frederick Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD
20877

General information

CaringMatters provides volunteer hospice support, grief support programs for adults, children and families and community education on issues related to serious illness, death, grief and advance care planning.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

Telephone

301-869-HOPE(4673)

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Hospice Caring is now CaringMatters

After nearly 30 years of providing social support services to the Montgomery County community, Hospice Caring has changed its name to CaringMatters. On September 24, 2018, Hospice Caring is launching a new brand, including a new name and tagline: CaringMatters - Facing Illness & Grief. Finding Compassion & Support. “The launch of our new name, CaringMatters, allows us to usher in our fourth decade of service with a renewed sense of purpose and clarity,” states Executive Director, Allison Stearns. “Our mission and our services have always focused on what matters most when facing life’s most difficult challenges – care, compassion and support. Our new name more accurately reflects those values and the full spectrum of social support services we provide to the community.” Nearly thirty years ago, Hospice Caring was founded as one of many of non-medical hospices throughout the United States, providing volunteer support for people with life-limiting illnesses, whether they were also receiving services from a medical hospice team or pursuing curative treatment for their illness. Over the years, the term “hospice” has come to generally signify medical care at the end of life to manage the patient’s comfort. For Hospice Caring, having the word “hospice” in the organization’s name has caused confusion with some people believing the organization was a medical hospice. With the development and implementation of new programs, such as specialized and diverse adult and children’s bereavement services, community education, and advance care planning workshops, the need for a name change became even clearer. “Whether it’s supporting someone at the end of their life or supporting their loved ones after a loss, it is an honor and a privilege to do the work we do. Therefore, we considered this rebrand initiative carefully and thoughtfully,” said Board President, Nancy Richardson. “Our goal was to ensure that our new name would clearly represent the organization, while propelling us forward so we can reach more people in need of support. I believe we have achieved that with the straightforward, yet powerful, simplicity of the name, CaringMatters.” Changing the organization’s name will not result in any changes in structure or services offered to the community. CaringMatters will maintain its state license as a Limited Hospice Care Program and continue to provide non-medical hospice services. “As it has been throughout our history, any one reaching out to CaringMatters for compassionate support will have full access to all of our programs, free of charge,” said Stearns.

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CaringMatters book group with video option for April!
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A safe,sane,caring place for all people - Caring Matters.