Answering a need.
Sometimes when you see something that just isn’t right you want to do whatever you can to fix it. In the life and work of Sandy Kursban, “sometimes” is all the time.
It is why she has broken so many glass ceilings since 1968. Sandy would do whatever she had to in pursuit of the vision of providing a caring hand to aging adults. Today, the work done by the people and partners of Family & Nursing Care benefit thousands of families in the Washington, DC area.
It is also why Sandy has never rested in her pursuit of her mission. As the nation moved through the early economically challenging years of a new century, Sandy began to see something else. She saw a population of aging adults who needed additional help and did not have the financial means to access the necessary care. For Sandy, it was not an acceptable situation. So she did something about it. Of course she did.
The Family & Nursing Care Foundation
When Sandy stepped down as president of Family & Nursing Care and her son Neal took over running the business in early 2008, she was freed to devote her time and energy to addressing this new challenge facing seniors in the D.C. area. It did not take her very long. She established The Family & Nursing Care Foundation later in 2008. The Foundation is a fund of the Community Foundation for Montgomery County. The fund supports community organizations that provide low-income aging adults with the dedicated home care they need to remain in the safety and comfort of their own homes. The fund also supports home care training programs for individuals who want to learn the skills needed to become nurses and nursing assistants, so that they may care for this at-risk population.
Here is how Sandy sees it: “This is what my life, both personal and professional are all about. When I founded Family & Nursing Care, in 1968, my dream was to provide seniors and their families with peace of mind by offering them competent, devoted home care whenever it was needed. With the work of the Foundation, this care can extend to more people than ever before.”
Today, the Foundation supports two local nonprofit organizations: Home Care Partners and the Elderly Ministries program of the Community Ministries of Rockville. Both provide home care and coordinate resources for senior clients. Says Sandy, “The Foundation stepped in to support these organizations at a time when they were faced with losing county funding and were going to have to reduce the vital services they provide to low-income seniors. With the Foundation grants, they have been able to continue to serve this vulnerable population and actually reach out to even more people who are in need. Nothing we do at Family & Nursing Care makes me more proud.”