Easing the journey
People who face mental health challenges, along with their families, pay a price when it comes to dealing with the stigma of mental health challenges and the emotional roller coaster they often face. There is no “jump rope for depression” or “bake sale for obsessive-compulsive disorder.”
Families struck with mental health challenges very often do not receive the neighborhood or community financial support to help offset the extra costs associated with treatment. These burdens can take the forms of out-of-pocket costs for treatment, travel and lodging associated with treatment, lost productivity, and sometimes periods of unemployment.
Thankfully, with your support, the Foundation’s Angel Fund can help. Clinical teams at all of Rogers’ programs throughout the country may apply for support through the Angel Fund when they perceive that an individual or family is struggling financially during treatment.
Here are some examples of how the Angel Fund makes a difference.
The Foundation will receive requests for hotel stays quite frequently, averaging about three per month. The number of days per stay can range anywhere from one to 30 or more.
Many times, parents who are either bringing a child to treatment or picking their child up upon discharge may only request a room for a single night. A slightly longer stay may be needed for a recently discharged patient who is waiting to get into a sober living house.
Finally, if an individual is homeless or the daily commute makes access to care almost impossible, requests for 30+ days are made to cover the duration of the treatment process.
My husband and I would like to thank you for the last four weeks of accommodations. It’s been a gift to watch our daughter engage with her own empowerment, growth, and well-being! We were near a breaking point as a family, and you’ve been the spark in renewing the hope and strength and love for our family. Please thank the Foundation for making this all possible!
Within the first four months from when the pandemic hit in March of 2020, the Foundation has loaned over 60 laptops to patients who would otherwise note have been able to start or stay in our care during the transition from face-to-face to telehealth treatment. At the time when Rogers’ regional clinics were going virtual, it became clear that technology was going to be an issue for many people. Even while many treatment programs are back to face-to-face care, we will still be handing out laptops to individuals under special circumstances or to those who need to quarantine at home.
One of the biggest requests we receive from the treatment teams is to help their patients with everyday items so they can get through their day with less worry and make it easier to concentrate on treatment.
These requests can be for anything from giving someone a gift card for groceries or other personal item to paying a utility bill so electricity is not cut off.
Rent/sober living housing
From the treatment team: We informed the patients and the family, and they felt like they had won the lottery! Thank you so much.
Along with hotel stays, the Foundation also receives an average of two to three requests per month for assistance with rent or costs associate with sober living facilities.
These requests are often made to help the individuals alleviate the worry about where they are going to live while in treatment or when seeking additional help or another level of care.
Requests from clinics and treatment teams
The treatment teams will also reach out to the Foundation for requests that benefit their overall programs. These requests can be as simple as new stuffed animals for the children on the inpatient unit or musical instruments for teens in one of our residential programs. Art supplies and games are also in high demand.
Requests for help with travel expenses also come into the Foundation frequently. This includes airline, train, and bus tickets to help patients return home after treatment. We also help patients’ families with travel arrangement so they may come to visit their loved one while in treatment or take part in a family therapy session.
“The children we serve at Rogers’ West Allis Child and Adolescent Outpatient Center come from families who struggle with a variety of stressors on a daily basis.
When the holidays come around, many of our kids do not expect much. Yet through the Angel Fund, we are able to provide a holiday party that provides an experience of a lifetime – decorating sugar cookies, completing a holiday craft, gingerbread houses and games.
Imagine their surprise when a great day is made awesome by the arrival of holiday gifts. Some of our little ones asked that we re-wrap their gifts so that come Christmas, they would have something under the tree.”