KareGivers of America founder and CEO Veronica Hubbert fist-bumps Roseville Mayor Robert Taylor at the ribbon-cutting of the organization’s welcome center May 13.

KareGivers of America founder and CEO Veronica Hubbert fist-bumps Roseville Mayor Robert Taylor at the ribbon-cutting of the organization’s welcome center May 13.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Roseville nonprofit aims to help those who help others

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 23, 2021

 Although the office is small, Veronica Hubbert believes the help provided by KareGivers of America could be huge.

Although the office is small, Veronica Hubbert believes the help provided by KareGivers of America could be huge.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

ROSEVILLE — A new nonprofit recently opened its doors in Roseville, hoping to help those taking care of loved ones.

KareGivers of America, an all-volunteer organization, wants to ensure that those who are caring for loved ones who require frequent or live-in care have the ability to take care of themselves, as well, by providing trained and qualified professionals to step in and give them occasional breaks so their own needs can be addressed.

“We want to give our caregivers who take care of our loved ones — those who are live-in caregivers and usually family members — that break,” said KareGivers founder and CEO Veronica Hubbert. “They provide medication, they make sure they are fed, they prepare them for the doctor, they take care of bathing, they make sure they are healthy. … We will provide home health care services paid for by grants and donations to us. They will go cover that loved one so they can see to their own needs.”

She said that the need for this assistance is very real and very important.

“We want to make sure they can do things like go to the doctor’s. They often put their own health on hold until their loved one is taken care of. What you see is that the caregivers are often dying before the loved one they’re caring for, because they haven’t been able to look after themselves,” she explained. “You see them having strokes, you see a lot of people who have problems with drinking, you see depression.”

Hubbert called the nonprofit a mission from God, saying that she had been looking for a path to help others when she awoke one morning with a realization.

“On Sept. 17, 2020, in the midst of COVID, I had been asking God for my purpose,” she said. “He finally woke me up that morning and he said my mission was going to be more than party planning, which is what I used to do; it was to take care of caregivers.”

Hubbert has seen how taxing caring for a loved one full-time can be. Her sister, Glenda Futch, has been caring for their 99-year-old mother for several years.

“I also did it with my father before I did it for my mother. I learned to care for her after she helped teach me to care for him. I didn’t want to give them anything less than they gave us,” Futch said. “I’m grateful she’s still with us, and I will stay with her until she stops breathing.”

Futch said that she loves her mother with all her heart, but no matter how much you love someone, constant care can weigh on a person without some sort of relief.

“First and foremost, you have to have patience — when you are dealing with those who are elderly, especially. It also takes a loving and caring attitude. If it’s a loved one, you always need to keep in mind they are still your mother or your father or so forth,” said Futch. “Some days, I get a little tired because it can be a lot on me. Some days, it’s better. You always want to give them the right medicine, the right care; you have to always take on that responsibility. … There’s times when the caregiver needs some time out so they can go to their doctor’s appointment, or go to the store, or just take care of themselves for a minute.”

Futch said she is so thankful her sister has started something to try to help caregivers.

“I think it’s beautiful my sister is doing this,” she said. “She has helped me in the past by putting me up in a hotel at times and taking turns taking care of our mom. It’s commendable, and I know I am far from the only person going through this. It’s nice to be able to give people that help.”

A ribbon-cutting for KareGivers’ new office, located at 28351 Gratiot Ave., Suite 3, took place May 13.

“I’m happy to welcome KareGivers to the city of Roseville,” said Roseville Mayor Robert Taylor. “From what I can see, it’s a beautiful place for people to come and relax and find some respite from some stressful situations. It will be a great addition to Roseville.”

“We’re excited to be working with KareGivers,” added Linda Weishaupt, the executive director of the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce. “We want to promote this nonprofit and get more volunteers and assistance for them so they can perform their mission of giving caregivers a break.”

Hubbert said the need is even greater than before after more than a year of people dealing with the threat of COVID-19.

“COVID really hit caregivers hard because they got locked in the house, and there was often no one who could drop by and give them a break or take a turn,” she said. “There was no one they could reach out to.”

With the need being so important, the volunteers at KareGivers want the community to know that its doors are open and they are ready to help.

“The mission is to spread awareness that our caregivers are dying without having that vacation, that sick time, that opportunity to get that break that is very much deserved. Two- to four-hour breaks are what we want to give them by partnering with the home health care agencies,” Hubbert said. “These people are dying before their time, and we need to step up and do something about it.”

KareGivers is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Those who wish to contact KareGivers can call (586) 843-5983 or go to www.karegiversofamerica.org.