Needs of the Heart
Jessie’s Heart supports the financial needs of the families whose children have heart disease. With the help of Social Workers in Colorado’s hospitals, the Jessie’s Heart provides financial support to those needing assistance with transportation, lodging, food and other unexpected expenses. We believe that reducing the family’s financial burdens, allow parents to focus their time and energy on their children.
Desires of the Heart
We fulfill dreams for cardiac children whose families may not be able to afford. Working through the hospital Social Workers, we learn about the Children’s Desires of the Heart. Some children want to learn a sport or be involved in the arts. Other children want a family adventure to go skiing, an amusement park, sporting event or other activity to bring fun into their lives. Jessie’s Heart provides these children with the financial ability to fulfill their heart’s desires.
Health of the Heart
Jessie’s Heart has developed programs to assist families in reducing the emotional, physical and financial stress in their lives. Our specialists provide assessment and recommendations to support family’s desires to: cook nutritious meals, plan activities for fitness, create ways to realize their dreams and learn how to best manage their financial burdens.
Jessie’s Heart provides assessments of the family members nutritional habits and makes recommendations on how to shift to healthy eating.
We offer classes for families to learn how to cook healthy meals together that taste good.
We conduct assessments of each family member’s fitness levels and make recommendations that increase movement and flexibility to improve health.
Our team teaches family members the techniques of mindfulness that support their emotionally and physically health.
Jessie’s Heart facilitates families through the creation of picture boards that visually represent their dreams. In addition, parents are guided through the development of life plans that outline ways to bring their desired dreams to reality.
- Financial Planning
Our experts assist families in creating a financial plan to reduce the stress of unexpected expenses that continue to arise as procedures or surgeries occur.
** For more information on our programs, please contact us and specify which program(s) you would like know more about.
Partners of the Heart
Jessie’s Heart has partnered with the highly regarded hospitals in Colorado to work with their social workers and child life specialists in service of the families whose children have heart disease.
It is hard to put into words how much Jessie’s Heart financial generosity means to our families at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Our families tell us that they never thought they would need to come to the Heart Institute with their child and never could have imagined that their child would be diagnosed with a cardiac defect. We meet our families when they are in extreme shock, disbelief, and completely devastated. Their lives are immediately turned around and while they are processing their child’s illness, they need to figure out how life is going to work.
Our families are not only figuring out how they are going to sit in the CICU with their child in heart failure, while they speak to providers to complete a transplant evaluation, but they are trying to figure out how they are going to pay for gas to return home to see their other children. They are trying to figure out how they can pay for rent, when they have missed weeks of work and are on unpaid leave. They are trying to figure out how they will afford meals in the cafeteria every day. They are trying to figure out how they will pay for food, lodging and transportation, to travel to their child’s multiple clinic visits.
It is hard to describe the look on a parents’ face when we tell them that we are able to relieve some of this financial burden for them.
We are so fortunate that we can provide family with this relief. When we are able to offer a gas card, meal vouchers, plane tickets and hotel rooms, our families immediately feel a burden lifted from their shoulders. They express their gratitude to us on a daily basis. One family told me that this financial assistance is “like an angel on our shoulder during our family tragedy.”
– Amy Stevens, Social Worker