'Caregiver Café' planting mental seeds during planting season

It's planting season, and one West Lafayette woman is taking that to a whole new meaning.Julie Pope is planting seeds into the minds of caregivers.

Posted: May 16, 2019 9:02 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- Julie Pope is planting seeds into the minds of caregivers.

"It's a roller coaster to be honest it's a roller coaster," Nancy Bundy said.

Bundy started her caregiving journey when her father needed help.

"My father was living in Florida and I was the only relative around. I cared for him at home for about 14 months before he passed," Bundy said.

Bundy then moved to Lafayette to care for her younger sister.

"There's lot's of needs of caregivers," Bundy said.

"Caregiving is a very, very, very difficult task,' said Julie Pope, Founder of 'Caregiver Café.' "Do not allow yourself to become isolated. These are all points that caregivers need that will help them on their journey."

A journey that Julie Pope wants no one to experience alone.

"It's a safe place to come and hang out with people that are kind of doing the same thing you are," Pope said. "We have the vegas rule here at the Caregiver Café so what's said here, stays here."

Pope said Caregiver Café is a great opportunity for people to share advice, thoughts and even frustrations.

"People just go into it blinded and so any information is good information," Pope said.

"We put together these seed bins to go on the tables so that people who are sitting around we just have them pull out a seed," Pope said.

The 'seeds' are hand-written positive messages to help inspire caregivers.

"You can't forget to L-O-L. Right? Through everything, find time to L-O-L," Pope said. "The goal for them [caregivers] is that they take away something," Pope said. "That a seed is planted in them that will help them do that job."

"It's a great support system and helps you to keep in the front that you kind of have to take care of yourself before you can take care of someone else," Bundy said.

Because that someone else is counting on them.

"Hopefully some healing takes place and hopefully we plant some seeds for a healthier future." Pope said. 

Caregiver Café is taking place at the Buttery Shelf in Downtown Lafayette on Main Street.

The free event is scheduled at 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday for the rest of May.

Pope said there is a possibility that it could continue throughout the year, but nothing has been finalized yet.

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