Times are uncertain. Our commitment is not. For 46 years, Houston Area Parkinson Society has been the go-to resource for individuals and families living with Parkinson’s disease in our community. Our mission has been to ensure that no one faces Parkinson’s alone and we have been unrelenting in our efforts to accomplish this goal.
We need your help now more than ever to help HAPS continue to stay focused on this mission by participating as an underwriter of this year’s Eat, Drink, and Be Charitable, part event, part fun-at-home, and all fundraising for a critical purpose.
As the world changes around us, one thing remains – HAPS’ tireless support of every aspect of life needed to fight the daily challenges of the disease. Parkinson’s doesn’t stop for a pandemic. In fact, the needs have only intensified. We have shifted how we do things and found creative new ways to make sure people stay connected to others; have access to resources; and remain engaged in programs that help with disease management.
Monthly support groups have continued, and in many cases now meet more frequently. Wellness calls have allowed us to connect with hundreds of clients each month offering socialization and reassurance. We have increased capacity for one-on-one social services and case management, and extensive grief-work resources have been implemented for those who have lost loved ones or are struggling to cope with the ongoing crisis.
This is a year that will test us all – Physically, Emotionally, Financially, Socially – this is nothing new for those living with Parkinson’s. Each day is a challenge. Individuals and their care partners have shown great resilience, but continue to look for ways to manage their needs and for this, they look to HAPS.
People with Parkinson’s need your help. Your support of Eat, Drink, and Be Charitable will raise essential funds that make thousands of lives better locally.
One lesson we have learned during this pandemic is that we are better together. We hope you will join us.
President, HAPS Board of Directors