CanCare of Houston Inc.

A Survivor By Your Side

aka CanCare, Inc.   |   Houston, TX   |  www.cancare.org

Mission

CanCare’s mission is to lift up and inspire cancer patients and caregivers through one-on-one emotional support, empathy and hope to ensure no one endures cancer alone.

Ruling year info

1991

President and CEO

Mrs. Darcie Champagne Wells

Main address

9575 Katy Freeway, Ste. 428

Houston, TX 77024 USA

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Formerly known as

CanCare of Houston

EIN

76-0305357

NTEE code info

Personal Social Services (P50)

Diseases, Disorders, Medical Disciplines N.E.C. (G99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Whether you or your loved one is the one to receive the unfortunate diagnosis of cancer, CanCare is ready to walk alongside you throughout your journey with cancer. The emotions, questions, fears, and life changes that come with a cancer diagnosis shouldn't be endured alone. CanCare aims to transform what could easily be a negative experience and make it one filled with hope, love, and support.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

One-on-One Support Program

CanCare is a mighty community of survivors who lift up and inspire cancer patients and caregivers through one-on-one support, empathy, and hope to ensure no one endures cancer alone. Our 700+ trained volunteers have survived cancer, and they want to help you do the same for yourself – or a loved one! Whether you need encouragement or want to give it, CanCare is the place for you. Support is available over the phone, via text, email and in person – one time or on an ongoing basis.

Founded by Anne Shaw Turnage, a survivor of colon cancer, CanCare has grown into a network of trained volunteers including survivors, caregivers of survivors and medical professionals who provide emotional support and cancer-related resources. Survivors of more than 75 different types of cancer are the heartbeat of the organization, providing hope, friendship and hospital visitations for those facing cancer.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with diseases and illnesses

CanCare has been deemed a critical member of the medical cancer care team, helping to create a full-scale and wholesome treatment approach for cancer patients and their caregivers, focusing not just on the physical treatment component, but also, on the psychosocial element, which is critical to improving survivorship and the patient’s quality of life. CanCare partners with 11 Houston-area medical facilities to provide on-site volunteers who give immediate, quality emotional support to cancer patients and caregivers. This vital resource serves all demographic backgrounds, providing support to those feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or with nowhere else to turn. Our health care systems rely on our trained volunteers to ensure that their patients are receiving the best possible mental health care.“CanCare volunteers really care about the people they are supporting. Hospitals can do the physical healing, but you also need emotional and spiritual healing, and this is where CanCare comes in. I encourage cancer patients to seek support and know that they are not alone.” - Sue Chiang, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Vice Chairman Board of Trustees

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Awards

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

One-on-One Support Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of new volunteers by year.

Number of existing volunteers requesting an additional match

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

One-on-One Support Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of hours logged by hospital volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with diseases and illnesses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of active hospital volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with diseases and illnesses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CanCare is a mighty community of survivors who lift up and inspire cancer patients and caregivers through one-on-one support, empathy, and hope. Our 600+ trained volunteers have survived cancer, and they want to help you do the same for yourself – or a loved one!

CanCare has both one-on-one emotional support and hospital visitation programs that aim to come alongside cancer patients and their caregivers to process whatever the patient or caregiver is going through and to be a source of strength, hope, and support. Support is available over the phone, via text, email and in person – either for just one time or on an ongoing basis.

CanCare currently holds volunteer training virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Typically training is held in person in Houston, Atlanta, Colorado Springs, and Charleston to help equip cancer survivors to be the best supporters possible for the cancer patients we support.

CanCare has trained 1,918 cancer survivors to be a source of support for cancer patients and their caregivers.

CanCare has provided 34,656 cancer patients and caregivers with one-on-one emotional support.

CanCare volunteers have visited partner hospitals 156,633 times.

CanCare has provided 179,280 people with one-time listening support, information and resources.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CanCare of Houston Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Laurence E. Stuart

Stuart PC

Term: 2019 - 2021

Laurence Stuart

Cullen Kappler

Patricia Hogan- Korge

Gene Brieck

Val Brock

Bernard Fields

Peter Forbes

Alma Shields

Mark Holmes

George Kurisky

Taylor Landry

Dr. Rick Ngo

Wendy Nguyen

Ellen Toranzo

Megan Vondra

Gleeson Van Riet

Sandra Beno

Lloyd Rachal

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/11/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/11/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.