The Oasis Movement has had an exceptionally exciting week, in addition to launching our various spring clothing drives, we received some fantastic news! Fiona Conely one of our Oasis Family was awarded the VHA Heart of Home Care Award. I will admit that before Fiona told us she won I was not familiar with this award or the VHA, so I did what we all do when we don’t know something – I googled it!
In 1925 Miss Barbara Blackstock began a service to help families whose mothers were ill, she would go into the home and help with housework and care for any children. By the end of the first year Miss Blackstock had 14 ladies helping her and they began calling themselves the Visiting Homemakers Association. In the last ninety years the organization has grown and evolved, extending their services to single mothers, one parent households, home health care for the aged, as well as for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. Today, the Visiting Homemakers Association is known as the VHA Home and Healthcare, a not-for-profit organization whose goal it is “to provide clients with special services when, where and how they want it, to support their independence”. These services range from nursing and rehabilitation therapy to personal home support. Eleven years ago the VHA Home and Healthcare decided to recognize family members and friends who provide extraordinary home care to a loved one, and the Heart of Homecare Award was created. This year our very own Fiona was recognized.
Fiona is the mother of a teenager– Jason or Jay as he is known to family and friends. Fiona is also one of the most courageous and selfless women I have had the honor of knowing. Jay was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at four months and life has been a struggle ever since but, if you met Fiona you would never know it. VHA Home and Healthcare Association interviewed Fiona and we have provided the link below, I invite you to take a moment to watch the clip and hear about Fiona’s life in her own words.