The caregivers program seeks to improve the lives of the old and frail who are housebound. Caregivers visit them, assess their needs and try to improve their lives. Caregivers transport invalids to and from their homes and the St. John’s Clinic in Kodera.
Marijane Jones, a hospice nurse, started the program a few years ago. Here is a recent assessment of the program by local leader Christopher Sure: “The caregivers program has been a big blessing to the people who have received such care as a manifestation of the love of God. The caregivers walked the paths that others dreaded and would not go. There are people who got ill for along time that their family members had to abandon them and only wish that death would come quickly and take them away. Their conditions were horrible that even their own sons and daughters feared getting closer to them.
For a man like the very old Peter whose condition was that bad so that he was hoping each day to die, received so much love and attention that he regained strength so much so that he longed for life rather than death. He was full of hate, cursing and bitterness even as he waited for his death. When the curtain finally fell on him, he was happy, smiling and thankful to God who gave him such care and new life. The caregivers themselves are forever thankful to God for a unique opportunity in the service to people.”