Miracles for Kids' mission is to improve the lives of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, and to provide support to the families and other primary caregivers who care for these children.
Mrs. Autumn Strier
3002 Dow Avenue Suite 126
Tustin, CA 92780 USA
children, cancer, disease, illness, family, shelter
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Miracles for Kids is one of the only organizations on the West Coast providing monthly financial assistance and subsidized housing to families who are fighting for their child's life. A recent Harvard study concluded that the number one reason people go bankrupt is medical bills, even though 72% of families filing for bankruptcy had major medical insurance. Miracles for Kids helps critically ill children and their families stay strong and together, by keeping the lights on and a roof over their heads. Based in Southern California, the organization was founded in 2002 and continues to expand its reach by serving children receiving treatment at four leading hospitals: CHOC Children's in Orange, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland.
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Miracles for Kids Programs
Miracles for Kids operates seven core programs that together fulfill the organization's goal of providing solutions to meet low-income families basic needs and provide year-round support: (1) The Grant Program - provides monthly financial aid to low-income families who, as a result of their critically-ill child, struggle to fulfill basic financial obligations such as rent/mortgage, healthy food, transportation and medical insurance payments; (2) Basket of Miracles - provides healthy food, household supplies and basic necessities to The Program families; (3) Fund-a-Family - matches a donor directly with a family in need; (4) Familycare - provides healthcare to uninsured members of a patient's family ; (5) Closet of Miracles - a newly launched, no cost resource of gently-used clothing, shoes and household supplies for families in need; (6) Cozies - warmth and comfort for families in need; and (7) Miracle Manor - a housing facility for families in need.
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
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In order to fulfill its mission, Miracles for Kids' programming focuses on three main objectives: (1) to be a core solution to the families non-medical needs and effect immediate change by operating programs that assist critically-ill children, and their low-income families, with the financial aid and other support necessary to face daily emotional and economic struggles; (2) to provide wellness solutions to families by offering a myriad of health and wellness programs aimed at keeping Grant Program children and families physically, mentally and emotionally strong; and (3) to make an ongoing impact by serving as an advocate and resource in the community for critically-ill children and their families.
In 2014, the organization has seen an increase in the number of families applying for Miracles for Kids support each month, and as a result, Miracles for Kids has acquired a waiting list of about 40 approved families. There is an increasing need for The Grant Program as it has been operating at capacity, funding the maximum number of families the current budget can sustain.
Miracles for Kids is successful in meeting the financial needs of a critically under-served population of children in Southern California that are affected by orphan diseases. Orphan diseases are classified as rare and affect fewer than 200,000 Americans. There is a lack of community support for this demographic and Miracles for Kids has made a tangible impact by providing critically needed financial and emotional support to this population.
Miracles for Kids operates five core programs that together fulfill the organization's goal of providing solutions to meet low-income families basic needs and provide year-round support: (1) The Grant Program - provides monthly financial aid to low-income families who, as a result of their critically-ill child, struggle to fulfill basic financial obligations such as rent/mortgage, healthy food, transportation and medical insurance payments; (2) Basket of Miracles - provides healthy food, household supplies and basic necessities to The Grant Program families; (3) Fund-a-Family - matches a donor directly with a family in need; (4) Familycare - provides healthcare to uninsured members of a patient's family and (5) Closet of Miracles - a newly launched, no cost resource of gently-used clothing, shoes and household supplies for families in need.
In order to serve this demographic, the organization relies on a hospital Social Services Representative recommending that a patient's family apply for assistance based on their financial status including household count, expenses and a household income no more than 69% above the national poverty level as determined by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Once a family is approved to enter The Grant Program, the family is then provided with monthly grant checks for one year.
In order to accomplish The Grant Program's goals and objectives, Miracles for Kids' specific contact with Grant Program recipients to evaluate and measure The Grant Program's success include the following:
1. Formal Quarterly Status Calls: Made quarterly by a Miracles for Kids representative, these calls keep Miracles for Kids aware of any changes in the patient's health, family status and basic contact information.
2. Semi-annual Financial Updates: Provides a detailed update on the family's status, income and monthly expenses. The report is an important benchmark, showing any improvements or changes resulting from first six months of Program support.
3. Social Worker Contact: Phone calls, emails, and in-person meetings with The Grant Program recipient's Social Services Representative helps to keep Miracles for Kids up-to-date on the overall status of the patient and their family.
4. Surveys: Conducted on an annual basis to determine specific recipient needs, ranked in order of importance, and whether our programs our meeting these needs.
5. Year-end Reapplication Process: Conducted at the end of the one-year grant period if, with the recommendation of the Social Services Representative, the recipient family is in continued need of Grant Program aid.
Miracles for Kids has assisted 1000+ families with critically-ill children throughout Southern California.
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