As part of the Bold Idea initiative, on 12/5/18 Princeton AlumniCorps and Appleseed hosted a webinar presentation and Q & A on the topic of “Care for the Caregivers” of undocumented and displaced people. The Bold Idea, funded by the Hewlett Foundation, aims to promote network-based collaboration on issues facing immigrants and refugees.

About this webinar recording: Self-care is an important practice for everyone, especially direct service providers and volunteers whose day-to-day work can often be stressful, distressing, and taxing. This webinar featured two speakers who shared self-care insights and practices they’ve gleaned from their work. The 90-minute session featured presentations from the speakers, followed by a Q/A with the webinar audience.

Mark L. Sanders II is the Chief Program Officer for the North Lawndale Employment Network. He is responsible for the operational success of NLEN’s U-Turn Permitted program, ensuring seamless team management and development, program delivery, and quality control and evaluation. Mark has worked as an educator, mentor, and youth advocate for most of his career with the Illinois Math and Science Academy, the Illinois Department of Corrections Juvenile Justice Division, and Lawrence Hall’s Therapeutic Day School. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Morehouse College, a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership, and is a Chicago Urban League IMPACT Fellow.

John Robert Niec has been meditating since he was a teenager and teaching meditation for the past 10 years. He has used it to develop a deep sense of calm and peacefulness. He has a Masters Degree in Music, and professionally he has worked as a project manager in human resources. In 2016 he was called to help his aging parents. This required a cross-country move from California to New Jersey. He quickly became cook, chauffeur, and eventually caregiver. His mother had a long, progressive type of palsy. His father had congestive heart failure. In May of 2017, John’s father took a turn for the worse, and by the end of the month, both parents were in in-home hospice care. They passed a week apart. John has a caregiver’s experience and insights into how to make the best of what was a very difficult situation

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