By Scottie Taylor Iverson
When LaFawn Biddle and Nancy Markham Bugbee founded the Institute for Life & Care their vision was clear and compelling. ILC is the premier community-focused, nationally recognized organization offering one-of-a-kind, life changing programs and experiences that strengthen not only the helping professionals (nurses, doctors, leaders, social workers, counselors, first responders, teachers, clergy and veterans) but also the family caregivers to become their best to give their best.
For a cleverly-themed event “On the Way Home,” the co-founders invited guests to Cherry Hills Country Club right after business hours to enjoy beverages and hors d’oeuvres at cocktail hour to learn about “strengthening those who serve others,” the mantra of Institute for Life & Care. After a brief video, directors and faculty of the institute were on hand to echo the mission that creates win-win-win situations according to Nancy Markham Bugbee. “The problems of fatigue and burnout of caregiving have been studied for 20 years – much talk about it – little done about it. There is the stress of compassion and caring too much,” said Bugbee. “The mental health counselors, law enforcement officers and first responders often take the agonizing images of helplessness home with them and that sometimes has a numbing affect. The heroes often don’t ask for help. ILC integrates the body, mind, heart and soul. We have our own hero, Sgt. Eric Kellogg, speaking as a police officer, SWAT Team member and sharing his experiences.”
After serving in the military, Kellogg has been in law enforcement for 19 years and experienced the rubber band-affect of having to suppress the emotions of every day experiences.
“There are 100 different ways an officer can die,” said Kellogg.
Unfortunately, one of those is suicide and he related a story of one such tragic incident. As a sergeant he is responsible for training others. He joined the Journey Group with ILC and implemented some of the materials while sharing with others whom he supervises. They, in turn, have become leaders and role models. Kellogg thanked ILC for helping the 400,000 “helpers” – medical, clergy, law enforcement and first responders who are burned out or becoming disengaged and commended its goal to help individuals and organizations.
“We are a place and a process,” said Nancy Markham Bugbee.
The Life & Care Institute campus is located in Greenwood Village at 7935 E. Prentice Avenue. For further information: 720-506-4215 or www.lifeandcare.org.