Songs & Smiles

Joy for the Alzheimer's Journey

Grapevine, TX   |  https://www.songsandsmiles.com/

Mission

Keeping families connected during the Alzheimer's journey

Ruling year info

2020

Executive Director

Eric Kolb

President

Sheryl Kolb

Main address

129 S Main St Ste 260

Grapevine, TX 76051 USA

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EIN

84-4550884

NTEE code info

Alzheimer's (G83)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Family Services (P40)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Alzheimer’s destroys connections. The disease starts by destroying a person’s connection with their own memories. Too often, the disease also destroys connections between people caring for the person who has Alzheimer’s. The journey challenges the entire family, because it is distressing to watch your loved one slowly decline. Caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s gets progressively harder and can last for many years. Sadly, many primary family caregivers get so worn out that they die even before the loved one who has Alzheimer’s. Other caregivers survive, but fail to thrive. Family members and friends stop visiting, eventually drifting apart. Celebrations cease.

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?

Singalongs

Our in-person interactive singalongs create comfortable environments designed to connect people who have Alzheimer’s with their own joy-filled memories as well as with their families and friends.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Caregivers

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our mission is keeping families connected during the Alzheimer's journey. Our programs and activities are designed to: 1) Increase awareness of the challenges faced by families when a loved one has Alzheimer’s. 2) Help people living with Alzheimer’s better connect with families, friends, and their own joy-filled memories. 3) Provide practical help and encouragement to caregivers and families.

We focus on care, not the cure. We focus on practical and positive care. We focus on supporting primary caregivers by involving family, friends, and communities. And we focus on joy. We know the pain and frustration of caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's, but we are committed to helping families find joy during the Alzheimer's journey.

Online initiatives (website and social media) teach and equip families and friends, encouraging them to 1) Grieve along the way, recognizing real loss. 2) Rest, realizing and accepting some things aren’t fixable. 3) Invite family and friends to join the journey. 4) Connect through songs and smiles. 5) Celebrate life with love and laughter.

We are developing educational workshops and magazines to further support caregivers and families.

Interactive singalongs connect people who have Alzheimer’s with their own joy-filled memories as well as with their families and friends. Our singalongs also provide moments of respite for caregivers and families.

In the future, we will plan community events to increase awareness of the unique challenges faced by families caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s. Each event will feature family-friendly music and comedy presentations and will be supported by multi-channel marketing campaigns.

We feel we are off to a good start, though our programming has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We had been leading singalongs in local memory care facilities, but we have shifted our attention to digital initiatives. We have successfully launched our website and have added a variety of articles and stories. We received especially positive feedback on our article titled "Talking With Someone Who Has Alzheimer's." We have produced and posted 10 singalong song videos. We have recently licensed a number of additional recordings, and we will soon produce 30-45 minute singalong shows. Our next major project after that will be the production of our first magazine, which we hope to launch in the first half of 2021.

Financials

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Songs & Smiles

Board of directors
as of 1/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sheryl Kolb

Songs & Smiles

Term: 2020 - 2023

Melanie McGee

Stacey VanBeek

John Ponder

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/20/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-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

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/20/2020

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Data
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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.