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luv3jay
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If you know any woman currently undergoing Chemo, please pass
the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE
housecleaning - 1 time per month for 4 months while she is in
treatment.

All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note
confirming the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a
participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the
service.
http://www.cleaningforareason.org/

Please pass this information on to bless a woman going through
Cancer treatment. This organization serves the entire USA
and currently has 547 partners to help these women. It's our job to
pass the word and let them know that there are people out there
that care. Be a blessing to someone and pass this information along ..

coloCan
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Particularly if its your girlfriend or wife as caregiver, such a service could be a godsend to those(men) in need of it.Fortunately, in our case, we're used to living with a mess-no,actually, I'll take care of my area on days/at times when Ican and besides, don't make much of a mess anyway.But a man living by himself undergoing chemo perhapscould use this help..Steve

coloCan
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Particularly if its your girlfriend or wife as caregiver, such a service could be a godsend to those(men) in need of it.Fortunately, in our case, we're used to living with a mess-no,actually, I'll take care of my area on days/at times when Ican and besides, don't make much of a mess anyway.But a man living by himself undergoing chemo perhapscould use this help..Steve

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geotina
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Thank you so much for this information. A business associate of my husband, his daughter is only 23 and going through breast cancer treatment. This is something that she may be able to use. She was horribly sick from chemo but got through it, got through the surgery without a mastectomy and is now undergoing radiation. Take care - Tina

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I filled out the application and it said I qualified. My doctor faxed a letter as requested. Then I got no response. I contacted them and was emailed that I was accepted, and they were finding someone in my area - that was a month ago. I've not heard back.

I know there are good programs out there, and there are scams. I am starting to wonder about this one. Maybe someone is collecting donations to keep this organization going, but it doesn't actually do anything? Or maybe I've just been lost in the shuffle. It is so hard to know what is real and what is not out there.

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luv3jay
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One of my good friends who is a cervical cancer survivor forwarded it to me and so I thought I'd just pass the information along. I didn't try to sign up yet though.

-sheri

Kelvillegas
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I find interesting that all 600+ cleaning companies who generously donate their services for this wonderful idea, also must pay a montly fee of $30 (do the math) So, where are all those thousands of Dollars going? Not just the cleaning companies making donations, but the private companies and individuals as well. Why is it that there is NOT EVEN ONE link to make a direct donations to Cancer Research?
Like Kathryn said: " I am starting to wonder about this one".

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Annabelle41415
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This would be great if it was legitimate. I probably would contact the BBB before I used a service like this, but this was great information to pass along. Thank you!

Kim

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and I got a form letter in return. It has been 5 weeks since I sent in my request and the doctor faxed a letter. The first sentence is the SAME as I received when I checked the status a few weeks back. Interesting how they didn't fill in the "approximately ____ weeks."

I asked them to just please let me know if they could not fill the request (after telling me that I qualified). No one reads the email as near as I can tell... I think it might be time to dig and see if this is legit or if they are out there accepting donations, and then not providing any services... Or if they are really a great organization, and are just overwhelmed with requests at this time.


Thank you checking on the status of your application. We have received your Dr note and currently looking for a maid service partner in your area.

We are experiencing an extremely high volume of patient applications at this time. Because of this our turn around time is approximately weeks to connect with a maid service partner in your area. Also many of our maid services currently have waiting lists. We will do our best to serve you as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

If there is no participating maid service in your area at this time, or the maid service is full and cannot take anymore patients, please reapply back every few months at www.cleaningforareason.org.

Shelly DeForest

Patient Advocate

Cleaning For A Reason Foundation

PO Box 146

Lewisville, TX 75067

877-337-3348

972-767-5198 fax

khl8
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My cousin referred me for this and when they called I was told that it may take months as they are having a hard time getting cleaning services to donate their time. They are not paying for it,so where are the donations going? To a staff to write letters that they cannot fill the request?
I work for a non profit foundation and this jsut does not seem right to me, this is thre sole purpose and they cannot seem to get it done?
Just food for thought.
Kathy

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At this time we have accepted over 2,000 applications in the past two weeks. We will not be accepting applications until Monday, December 7. Please check back with us then and we apologize for the inconvenience.
If you already applied, we are approximately 2 weeks behind in processing current applications. We will contact you by email prior to the 7th of December.

I applied over 5 weeks ago...

I also found this info on where donations would be going:
We have ten committed professionals serving on the board of directors for the Cleaning For A Reason Foundation. Our Board meetings are held via teleconferencing as our Board Members are scattered around the country. We currently lease a small office and have one full time employee and several part time employees. Mike Farney is our Executive Director managing the foundation. Lynn Olmstead is the foundation's Executive Recruiter responsible for recruiting professional residential maid services to partner with us, Shelley DeForest is our Patient Advocate, LeAnn Hunsucker is the Administrative Assistant and Betty Boehme is our Billing Clerk. We also utilize a host of volunteers in the office. The foundation's office is located 20 minutes North of Dallas in Lewisville, Texas.

They do have links to their 501(c)(3) designation and their tax filings. It looks like they are legit. Just overwhelmed...

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No one in my area - no service for me.

I have yet to personally find anyone that has had success with them.

Nay27
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I applied months ago, had the letter from Dr. faxed and no reply.

oh well

:(

christiandw
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Cleaning for a Reason is real. I own one of the companies that provide the cleaning. The residential cleaning companies area to clean the home at no charge to the customer or the foundation. Many companies are smaller so they can only do 4 - 5 clients for free at a time. Technically clinets are supposed to get 4 cleans for free but most of the services I know will continue to clean for as long as the cuistomer needs us but once again, that crates more of a backlog. The problem is in the internet day and age people have done a great job of forwarding around the news about C4R but the foundation was not really ready for the huge amount of requests that resulted. They are recruiting more cleaning services every day and working on options to make it so the companies can afford to do more cleanings. C4R never ran an advertising campaign, it just ran like wild fire through word of mouth and PR.

christiandw
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Cleaning for a Reason is real. I own one of the companies that provide the cleaning. The residential cleaning companies area to clean the home at no charge to the customer or the foundation. Many companies are smaller so they can only do 4 - 5 clients for free at a time. Technically clinets are supposed to get 4 cleans for free but most of the services I know will continue to clean for as long as the cuistomer needs us but once again, that crates more of a backlog. The problem is in the internet day and age people have done a great job of forwarding around the news about C4R but the foundation was not really ready for the huge amount of requests that resulted. They are recruiting more cleaning services every day and working on options to make it so the companies can afford to do more cleanings. C4R never ran an advertising campaign, it just ran like wild fire through word of mouth and PR.

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I can understand a not for profit like this getting overloaded, particularly during the start-up phase. Sounds like they could use a larger organization to partner with.

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I tried to use them fall 2009. Now people are still having trouble in 2011.

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Can be a loose term. The company I work for started in 1999 and turned its first profit in 2009, at any point in-between it might have been called a start up.

Of course we are all looking at a thread from 2009, so it is hard to judge how they are doing today...

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I think our definitions of "start-up" for a business are quite different. Profitability and start-up are not one in the same.

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And faxed by her doctor.

After my colostomy it seemed that no one was ordering supplies, it took a while, but we figured out that they had the wrong address. Luckily my WOCN always had extras in her trunk. Never did figure out if the address problem came from the doctor or the hospital, and even after we corrected it it would pop up again. One experience does not equal a trend.

And yes, I was using startup loosely.

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Sorry - you don't have the information going back a ways. This isn't the only thread ever posted about this company. I know many people that were on this board and other boards, other cancer patients in my area, people on cancer list-serves, and other places that had no luck with this company over the last 2 years. No answers, or slow answers. Being told they were accepted, and then much later being told there was no one in their area (myself included in this).

I have received more emails about the service than I can count - so I can see how they became overwhelmed. And maybe they are finally starting to get caught up and reply to people.

One thing that really bothered me about them is that they charged the cleaning services who were volunteering their services. They had to pay for the privelege to volunteer. ??? And they were getting lots of donations to run the charity, which didn't seem to be getting much accomplished. I don't see any mention of charging the volunteers anymore on their site. This is a very good thing if they aren't still charging them. But I wonder what the situation is because on their 990 they still have a line for membership dues and assessments on the 2009 form, with income of over $92,000 in that category. It is now noted the amount of donated cleaning value, plus cleanings were purchased through donations. This was not clear in previous years - that they were using donations to pay for cleanings also. This makes much more sense to see that they are doing that now.

I just went to their website today and find it has much more information, there are many more board members, lists of cleaners by location, and it seems to be more organized. (Start up date is listed as May 2006.) They have more information about their process and notes about demand being higher than they can assist.

It seems someone had a great idea, but word spread too quickly and they couldn't keep up, and they didn't have things set up in the best way at first. But they seem to have made a lot of progress looking at what they are doing now, and the way it seems to be run now. But still demand is too high - understandably. If I got a hundred emails about this service, how many emails has every other women with cancer gotten about them? How many women with cancer know about them? A lot of demand!

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Are they still charging the companies like yours that provide a FREE service to be a part of their system? That struck me as very wrong. When I had troubles with them, I did some digging into their financials and it looked to me to be something that was started to give someone a job, just as much as to help cancer patients.

I did not have a good experience with them at all. After a delay, I was told I was accepted and there were companies in my area - that I would be contacted soon. So when a friend that runs a cleaning service offered to help me out (and I knew it would be a hardship for her as she was going through a rough divorce), I turned her down. Then Cleaning for a Reason never came through. I didn't feel comfortable going back to my friend after turning her down.

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I guess I was one of the lucky ones. I read about this about a month ago, and went onto the website and applied. I figured that it would take a few weeks, and I understood the cleaning companies only accept so many at a time. I was contacted a couple of days later, and scheduled my first cleaning, which was this past Saturday. The cleaning service was Merry Maids, and two women showed up Saturday morning on time, and did two hours of cleaning, which is their maximum for this program. They did a great job. I have three more cleanings scheduled, and it is definitely a godsend. I can't believe there are so many having problems with this. I'm not really in a remote area or anything, in the San Francisco bay area. But I can tell you, it is definitely a legitimate program. Just sorry to hear some people having problems.

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I've started to hear of a few people that have had success. But those unsuccessful still outweigh that. Hopefully things are turning around.

concerned_cleaner
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I am reluctant to even share this but after reading the many posts on this board and others from cancer victims I feel compelled to share my experience with Cleaning for a Reason from a cleaning service perspective.

One thing is true, Cleaning for a Reason is a legitimate organization, paper work filed, volunteers, and all that jazz, blah blah blah.

While it does do some good, it excels at its main purpose. It is a PR machine for the consultant that founded it and her consultant friends she placed on the board. They all do business together and shamelessly use Cleaning For a Reason to promote their businesses.

Dig a little deeper and you will also see her husband serves on the board, along with her best friend and one of her actual employees. Not much for over sight of the actions of the board. There are a few others on the board that do not profit from the industry, but they donate money to the organization.

I talked with someone that used to be on the board that was “asked to step down” and she said no one can even disagree with the founder without her husband nearly threatening them, very intimidating.

It is the cleaning service owners that do the real good, donating free cleanings and pay for it out of their own pocket most do it for the right reasons, but many others sign up just to get the logo on their marketing digs.

My cleaning service used to be in it and paid the $25 a month for the privilege of giving our services away. I don’t do it anymore; I prefer to do “good” on my own. I have tried to raise questions about this but lordy let me tell ya, you don’t want to bad mouth the group they will come down on you like the plague.

I wish more would speak out and tell the truth about this to all of the maid services that try so hard and give so much to make it work. None of the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of dollars they take in goes to the cleanings, where does all of that money go? No one knows.

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I'd be real interested to see a response from a cleaning service to the question coloCan raised in Oct 2009. Why can't men get this service from C4R? Before leaving Flagstaff, Merry Maids provided cleaning service for me. But when my onc faxed the request and I contacted them neither of us got a reply. Only when I went to their website did I find out that it was for women only. There are a lot of single men that could use these services.

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