Sometimes we all feel like we’re juggling – work, bills, family, health – it can seem like a lot. The Center for Respite Care’s staff and clients are no exception. Like most nonprofits, we’re always trying to keep overhead as low as possible. And our clients often stress over health problems, fractured relationships, rebuilding, dealing with lots of paperwork (getting ID’s, food stamps, etc.), and the day-to-day inconveniences of being poor. Waiting for a late bus when you’re trying to get to the doctor is no joke!
All of this stress needs an outlet, and that’s where Juggling for a Cure comes in! Friendly founder Ken Lewis is a U.S. Navy vet started Juggling for a Cure in 2008 and already has a busy schedule of performances.
I think when Ken first came in, I underestimated the value of this service. Since entertainment isn’t essential, our staff tends to focus on the basics as much as possible. Still, it’s great to see the clients get their minds off their troubles for a while, relax, and smile.
Plus, Ken doesn’t just perform, he also teaches – and learns – in front of his audience. He has been coming to the Center for Respite Care for three months and with each visit he brings new skills to teach and props to share. The audience gets a quick tutorial on how to learn juggling and Ken freely passes around his props for everyone to touch. He even got us to participate. Check out Ginger, one of our nursing assistants, learning to juggle below. (She juggled two bean bags after only 2 minutes of teaching!)