Claire’s Place Foundation Launches Work Proudly Program for People with Cystic Fibrosis

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Pilot program helps individuals with cystic fibrosis and their caregivers identify careers & funds tools needed for work-from-home employment

“Parents of children with CF often struggle to keep jobs while balancing hospital trips and daily care needs of their child,” said Claire’s Place Foundation Executive Director Melissa Yeager. "Our Work Proudly Program provides financial support needed to gain meaningful, remote employment.”

Claire’s Place Foundation, a non-profit organization providing support to children and families affected by cystic fibrosis (CF), is pleased to announce the launch of their Work Proudly Program. The pilot program provides job training and equipment needed for work-from-home employment to adults with CF and their caregivers. Through the Work Proudly Program, CF patients and caregivers will see reduced unemployment and increased earning potential and self-esteem.

“Parents of children with CF often struggle to keep jobs while balancing hospital trips and daily care needs of their child,” said Claire’s Place Foundation Executive Director Melissa Yeager. “As life expectancy and lung function for those with CF continues to improve, many patients face losing their Social Security Disability Insurance income and need to find a way to support themselves financially. CF caregivers and adult patients both need flexible, mobile jobs that allow them to continue working while dealing with the intense regimen of CF care. We are always listening to our community and trying to find better ways to support them. To meet this need we have created the Work Proudly Program to provide financial support and expertise needed to gain and maintain meaningful, remote employment.”

Claire’s Place Foundation will pilot the Work Proudly Program through June 2021, serving 15 individuals with CF or caregivers of children with CF. The program will help participants identify potential careers, cover the cost of certificate job training and provide them with tools and equipment for remote work. This will allow participants to gain the skills to be competitive in the job market and acquire flexible, work-from-home employment or hospital employment. Participants will be recruited through a social worker referral.

The Claire’s Place Foundation Work Proudly Program was a recent recipient of this year’s Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) Impact Grants. The grants support and empower the CF community through four new virtual programs focused on engaging and connecting patients.

“Like all of our programs, my daughter and our late founder, Claire Wineland, inspired the program,” said Yeager. “Claire personally experienced how difficult it was as a young adult with CF to find flexible employment that would provide her with a sustainable income. As Claire always said, ‘Live a life that you are proud of.’ We are committed to carrying on her legacy by helping CF patients and caregivers live proudly and that includes having a fulfilling career.”

To help support the Claire’s Place Foundation Work Proudly Program please visit here to donate.

About Claire’s Place Foundation, Inc.
Claire’s Place Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing support to children and families affected by cystic fibrosis (CF). Claire’s Place Foundation is named in honor of Claire Wineland who lived with CF her entire life and passed away at the age of 21. Claire was an activist, author, TEDx Speaker, social media star and received numerous awards. Claire’s foundation was a way for her to assure that others living with CF enjoyed the same hope, strength and joy that she enjoyed. Recipient of Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Small Nonprofit of the Year,” the foundation provides grants to families affected by CF, offering both emotional and financial support. Today, Claire’s Place Foundation continues to carry on Claire’s legacy. For more information and make a donation, please visit http://www.clairesplacefoundation.org.

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