Local Foundation for Alzheimer’s Caregivers Receives Charity Status

Newport News, VA – The Garner Foundation, supporting caregivers of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, has received their non-profit charity status (501c3) from the Internal Revenue Service. The Garner Foundation, founded by Karen Garner, was formed in October 30, 2013. Karen, a mother of 2, is the wife of Jim Garner, who was diagnosed with Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease in 2009, at age 48.

In February 2013, faced with the uncertainty of the disease and her family’s future, Karen began to write about her family and Jim in her blog, Missing Jim. Through her blog, she was contacted by many people who needed help and support. She and her family also needed the same help and support. But there was nowhere to turn. After becoming involved with advocacy and fund-raising, supporters approached Karen about starting her own charity. Karen took all suggestions very seriously and two years later, The Garner Foundation was birthed.

The Garner Foundation’s mission is to enhance financial and service support for caregivers of Alzheimer’s and other Dementia patients. The Foundation has three major focus areas; Elder Care Attorney Services, Respite Care Services, and Make a Memory Trips. Through these programs, Karen and her board of directors and supporters, aim to improve the quality of life not only for the patients with these terrible diseases, but their families as well.

Since their 501c3 status was approved in July 2014, Karen and her board of directors have been hard at work planning and programming for the upcoming year. You can learn more about The Garner Foundation by visiting their website at www.garnerfoundation.org. You can also read Karen’s blog at www.missingjim.com.