What is The Hope Grows Iris Movement?

As a nonprofit organization focused on Cultivating Caregiver Wellness™, Hope Grows is pleased to launch The Hope Grows Iris Movement™: a movement to honor family caregivers by raising awareness, encouraging appreciation, and providing assistance – all through the movement’s symbolic, blue bearded iris image.

Awareness

  • For all to recognize caregiver issues
  • For caregivers to self-identify
  • To be recognized among their community and workplace

Appreciation

  • Help caregivers feel appreciated and unified
  • Creating a general appreciation in the community-at-large

Assistance

  • Garner support and funding needed to help caregivers now

What is a caregiver?
Why do we need a movement to build caregiver awareness, appreciation and assistance?

Hope Grows defines the caregiver as anyone providing unpaid care to dependent children, spouses, parents, siblings, relatives, friends, or neighbors. Caregiving can include personal care, physical help, emotional or social support, behavioral support, assistance with activities of daily living, assistance accessing services, and financial help.

In any or all of these scenarios, caregivers are often left to feel overwhelmed, burned out, and isolated. Statistics show that a significant portion of America’s 44 million+ caregivers are experiencing physical, mental, emotional, and financial challenges as a result.

  • The number of caregivers and the need for at-home family caregiving are increasing.
  • Caregiver burnout and mortality rates are increasing.
  • The number of trustworthy, affordable, professional or semi-professional caretakers available for work is decreasing.
  • The systemic complexities of caregiving are becoming more challenging.

The time for awareness, appreciation, and assistance is NOW.

How Can You Support The Iris Movement?

The Hope Grows Iris Movement™ is named after the blue bearded iris flower, which symbolizes care, a perfect way to raise awareness of caregiver issues while championing caregiver needs. The Iris flower, in general, implies a message and promise of hope and the three petals symbolize faith, valor, and wisdom – making it the perfect embodiment of caregiver qualities.

Nature and flower symbolism are deeply rooted in the mission of Hope Grows: to inspire hope through nature while empowering caregivers to seek wellness of mind, body, and spirit.

Hope Grows makes the iris symbol available as lapel pins, notecards, and decals that can be purchased and worn or used to help raise awareness and show appreciation for caregivers. Additionally, iris bulbs can be purchased and planted in the Hope Grows Iris Garden or in your garden, in honor or in memory of a caregiver or care recipient.

Proceeds from the purchase of all Hope Grows Iris Movement products benefit Hope Grows programs that provide much-needed assistance for caregivers through three core areas of service: Counseling and Support, Therapeutic Respite™, and Education and Training.

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About The Hope Grows Iris Image

The image of the blue bearded iris used in The Hope Grows Iris Movement was created by artist,
Michele Story-Moehring, and presented to Hope Grows at the Hope Grows’ first Victorian Tea signature fundraising event. Michele was the featured artist the first year and aware of the symbolism of the flower. She thought this to be a perfect first piece and has recently gifted and given copyright of the art to Hope Grows. The kind and priceless donation will serve as a reminder to caregivers everywhere as it becomes the symbol of a movement that honors them and aims to raise awareness, encourage appreciation and provide assistance for each and every one of them.

The use of flower symbolism and nature are emphasized and integrated with many of Hope Grows programs and services, not only because of its relaxing, connecting, grounding, and restorative values, but also for its representation and illustration of life’s beauty, challenges, changes, and cycles – all very relatable to caregiving.

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