“Being Stephen’s mom was a privilege and an honor. Stephen was unable to speak, still in diapers, and mostly bottle fed when he died of a seizure just a couple of months shy of his seventh birthday. He taught me so much during his short life on this earth. I understand how hard it is to be a caregiver and all the difficulties of that responsibility.” says Diana Salazar, Executive Director, for Caregiver Companion.
Diana states, “God allowed my son, Stephen, to teach me important lessons on humility, compassion, trust, and hope for a future that is honorable and meaningful. I learned how to be honest about my need for help and trust that God will supply as He promises to do in His Word. My life changed when I began to accept the much needed help. I did not function well before I finally allowed people to come into our home and give us the respite and guidance we so badly needed to cope with all the challenges of being a caregiver for our son. I am able to use this experience and skills in compassionate service. I realize it is an honor to be able to come alongside others.”
Like the volunteers, Diana wants to make a difference in the life of caregivers and those who are vulnerable who need a helping hand from people they can trust to assist them through a difficult time. Diana states, “I have learned that it is meaningful and important to live as a community and help others using our unique experiences, gifts, and talents God gave us. It brings abundant joy into my life to now serve those who are often most vulnerable and know that they see the love of God coming into their own lives through our caring volunteers. This wonderful non-profit helps unite our community as people of faith work together to help their neighbors.”
Diana desires to use her experiences, management skills and training to serve God and His people as Executive Director for Caregiver Companion. She would love to meet you! She can best be reached at the office when you call (765) 423-1879, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Associate Director and Volunteer Coordinator
Lauren Weldy is the Associate Director and Volunteer Coordinator of Caregiver Companion. She graduated from Purdue University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Before coming to Caregiver Companion, she held both staff and volunteer positions within Catholic ministries and customer service. Her past experiences of working in a ministerial setting and working with people of all backgrounds has given Lauren the ability to connect well with volunteers and families. As a pastor’s child, Lauren often visited nursing homes with her Father and observed and listened to the struggles of being an elderly individual in society. Lauren is humbled that she is able to ease the burden of caregivers and provide comfort to the lonely and frail in the community by matching families with caring volunteers. Lauren says, “Seeing the joy that a volunteer can bring to a person in need is a miracle that I’m able to witness every day. I’m so blessed that God is using me to help carry out this much needed ministry in our community.”
Lauren lives in Rossville and is an active member of St. Boniface Church. She loves singing with her church choir at St. Boniface, reading a good book, and spending time with friends and family.
Ramona Kuhns, Transportation Coordinator
Ramona was a community volunteer for many years before coming to Caregiver Companion as the Transportation Coordinator. She still enjoys volunteering for us when she gets the opportunity! Ramona lives in West Lafayette and is married to Kevin Kuhns and is the mother of 4 adult children.
Governing Board Members
Troy King, Board Chair
Financial Planner at Raymond James
Chris Irons, Vice Chair
President and Owner of Home Instead
RN, Franciscan Health
Ivy Tech Marketing and Development Director
Retired Manager for the Lafayette Journal & Courier
Retired Social Worker
CFNP, Franciscan Alliance
Sr. Marty McEntee
Liaison to CSJ Ministries