A platform connecting Black millennial family caregivers to information, resources, and each other.
A message from our founder, Aisha Adkins:
The global COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent devastating effect on older adults and Black folx has turned many families upside down. Adding to this devastation is the on-going systemic racism that continues to account for the biases and inequities that cause Black people to be killed at the hands of the police and vigilante members of the community.
These mountainous obstacles, combined with an impending economic recession, mean a few changes for Our Turn 2 Care. Black millennial caregivers need information, resources, and each other now more than ever. As such, I am moved to create space expressly for Black millennial caregivers.
When I initially created OT2C, I wanted to create an inclusive community for caregivers that reflected my personal friendships, which is a veritable cornucopia of diversity.
However, I realized recently that I have to stick to what I know most personally and intimately. I know what it’s like to be Black and I’ve been pretty good at it for nearly 36 years. I don’t know what it’s like to be Southeast Asian, transgender, or hard of hearing.
I would love to make space for all of these identities, but I realize I would be swerving into lanes wherein I am not an expert. There are also other organizations doing great work with some of these other groups and I would be happy to partner with them in the near future.
Now, let me be clear: when I say Black millennial caregivers I do mean all Black millennial caregivers. That includes members of the LGBTQIA+ community, multiracial Black folx, persons with mental and physical disabilities, all faiths (or absences of faith), and any other identity that exists at the intersection of being Black in America.
As an organization, we need all of the help we can get. Our short-term goal is to provide online support groups and to become an official 501(c)(3) at the lowest possible cost.
Anyone with knowledge in either of these areas and a desire to volunteer a moment of your time is encouraged to reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you are a member of the vast Black millennial caregiving community or you are an ally who is looking for a way to serve, we invite you to join us in helping create lasting, systemic change for those who need it most.
Aisha and the Our Turn 2 Care Team