In our desire to serve our community throughout the United States during urgent or emergency situations such as serious sickness, hospitalization, family crisis, accident as well as death / bereavement of a loved one, we are working with good hearted volunteers with desire to serve community — to mentor, prepare them, built know how and provide ongoing support. These efforts have led us to establish presence in eleven (11) cities in 8 States (in addition to ICC services in New England states) in the USA at various stages of development.
So far we have decided to take a two prong approach to replicate this proven model:
First, ICC Chapter: If there is a core group of individuals who are ready to build and maintain such services for their geographic area, ICC would be pleased to establish a ICC chapter to serve in that geographic area. This chapter would be an extension of ICC and will be fully supported in their mission as an integral part of Indian Circle for Caring USA Inc.
Second, Affiliate Organization relationship where our affiliate organization(s) and it’s chapters are willing to build the team and serve the community similar to Indian Circle for Caring USA Inc., in localities they live; we would be pleased to provide them know-how, training, guidance and ongoing support to enable them to build the knowledge base and capacity to serve.
Sewa International – USA: ICC began to work with Sewa International – USA as they wanted to established “Family Services” program to support our community members as they encounter Emergency or Urgent situations beginning in 2012. The following is the latest update on “Family Services” Programs under this important and effective collaborative relationship:
1. Houston, TX – Sewa’s Houston Chapter inaugurated the Family Services program in April 2014. Beginning in 2012, ICC has provided and continues to provide guidance and resources to build the knowledge base and capacity to serve as well as ongoing support and guidance as necessary.
2. Dallas, TX - A core group is in the process of establishing a team and capacity to provide Family Services. In August 2015, a series of “Health Care Proxy and Living Will” presentations and workshops were conducted at various location in greater Dallas, TX area to build the awareness in the community and begin the process of establishing Family Services program.
3. Raleigh, Cary, Durham (Research Triangle Park) NC: Family services program was introduced to the community on March 4, 2016 with about 650 people in attendance. The chapter team is now planning and preparing to build volunteer team, work with existing organizations and actively work on community awareness. As the capacity is built, they will announce beginning of various aspects of services.
4. San Antonio, TX: Community organization and other leaders joined at a Family Services introduction and launch on April 9, 2016. The initiative was very well received by about 40 participants. Sewa San Antonio Chapter leaders are now in the process of building volunteering and other resources so that they can begin the process of serving community members in hour of their need!!
5. Greter Chicago, IL: Sewa Chicago chapter has began the process of establishing Family Services Program in Greater Chicago. The process began in earnest during April 14 to 25, 2016. A series of “Health Care Proxy and Living Will” workshops were conducted at various locations where over 500 individuals had an opportunity to learn about new initiative – Family Services program (modeled after ICC’s volunteering services program) along with a workshop where many of the attendees learned about “Health Care Proxy and Living Will” and had a fully executed legal document in their hands at the end of the workshop!!! These meetings were held at Carol Spring, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estate, Bartlett, Naperville and Peoria.
6. Atlanta, GA: We have begun the process of creating local team and building resources at Atlanta, GA with meetings of volunteers as well as a session to “train the trainer” for Health Care Proxy workshop. Subsequently the team has conducted and continue to conduct Health Care Proxy workshop. Over a period of time we hope this will become a start of “Family Services” program there.
7. Seattle, WA: In September 2016, Seattle, WA chapter has begun the process of building a team and capacity to serve. A number of “Health Care Proxy” workshops were conducted to increase awareness in the community. A workshop was held for volunteers to share details about this program and to inspire them to join as well as spread the word in the community. A number of meetings with leaders of other organizations were held. Local team subsequently has successfully conducted Health Care Proxy for a group of seniors!
8. Phoenix, AZ: In late September 2016, working with Sewa chapter of Phoenix, we conducted a couple of “Health Care Proxy” workshops. This was followed by a group of volunteers learning about ICC model and discussion of how they can replicate this model as a “Family Services” program. Efforts are underway to put together a team to move forward.
9. Orlando, FL: In March 2017, two “Health Care Proxy” workshops were conducted. This gave us an opportunity to increase awareness among volunteers and community about the need for replicating this model. Additional meetings with some of the community leaders proved to be useful in furthering the cause.
10. Tampa, FL: A “Health Care Proxy” workshop was conducted at Tampa, FL in March 2017. We are hopeful that local team would begin the process of putting together their team and move forward to build the capacity to serve.
11. Northern NJ: We are building a group and capacity to serve. As a result a number of client situations are being supported!! The team is making an impact.
Volunteers and leaders of different chapters have learned about the successful model of ICC developed since August of 2007 through the following workshops and meetings as well as small group web conferences since 2012:
National Workshop and Conference: In Oct 2015 at a National Workshop and Conference in Houston, various chapters and their leaders were invited to participate in a national workshop to learn and prepare to establish Family Services programs in their area. Over thirty individuals participated representing eight (8) chapters throughout the United States. This has served as a foundation for local groups beginning to put together teams of leaders and volunteers, build knowledge base, and activities to increase awareness in the community.
1st Regional Family Services Workshop at Chicago: On Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 a full day workshop was conducted at Pallatine, IL with 12 volunteers with sincere interest in learning about Family Services program and desire to establish similar services in their cities - Chicago, Bloomington and Peoria. Not only these group learned about ICC’s successful and proven model; they also learned about specific steps they can take to begin the process of replicating these services. Chicago group is now moving forward with various activities which will prepare them to serve our community through their volunteering efforts.
2nd Regional Family Services Workshop at San Jose, CA: On Saturday, May 7th, 2016 a “Family Services” workshop was conducted at San Jose, CA with 18 volunteers representing seven (7) cities with sincere interest in learning about Family Services program and desire to establish similar services in their cities - San Francisco, CA; Sacremento, CA; San Diego, CA; Danvers, CO; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA, and Tampa, FL. These group learned about ICC’s successful and proven model. They also learned about specific steps they can take to begin the process of replicating these services to serve local community. This group plans to move forward with various activities which will prepare them to serve our community through their volunteering efforts.
We request and encourage those who are familiar with ICC’s proven model and its impact to the community to spread the word to their family and friends regardless of where they may be in the USA. Sharing this information may prove to be a beginning and possibly turn into a wonderful services organization to serve their community locally !!!