Why Together is so important to us...
In the Beginning...
HomeTogether was built on a lifetime of care experiences
and compassionate services. Founders, Michael and Kate
Donovan, have both been touched by compassionate care
in their personal lives.
Our story actually starts almost 20 years ago in the summer
of 2000. Kate Donovan was an idealistic staff working in the
I/DD care field...envision for a moment the wonderment and
awe of a newborn infant, so perfect, so innocent. Delivered into the open and loving arms of her adoptive parents at 10 days old, perfect in every way. Her newborn tears innocently mistaken for hunger, her brain silently and devastatingly invaded by meningitis. Now at 4, still beautiful and amazing, her disability seems overwhelming & monumental. She is unable to see, hear, speak, or control her body temperature. This child was assigned to Kate. Therapeutic goals often seemed an impossible task. Day after day she ran goals and implemented new strategies to help the child feel, hear, and see new things, even if not with her eyes. Day after day she waited...waited for a response, hoping to make a difference. Seven months and three days later she made her first sign. Three months later, her first hug. Open the window a little as her supports increase and you will see this little girl smile. Now throw several windows open wide and you'll see this little girl, a few years down the road...walking. A miracle, right?
Such transformations of individuals always hold an element of the miraculous; and yet as do most miracles, this one planted and nurtured the seed of miraculous works within my heart. Together, with the collaborative vision of our families and friends, believing miracles are possible, we decided to stand out above the rest. In 2007, the Donovan's founded an internationally accredited I/DD (Intellectually and/or Developmentally Delayed) agency. They have been serving children and adults with developmental disabilities throughout North Carolina ever since, strongly emphasizing quality over quantity.
In the years to follow, we have seen so many acquaintances, friends, and families struggle with care services. Whether it was for a special needs child or an elderly parent, we have seen so many people try and take on care alone. This inevitably leads to burn out. The Donovans have spent almost twenty years in the home care industry and knew they could take the lessons learned in I/DD care to help solve some of the staffing, service quality, and comprehensive care issues within the senior population.
We also firmly believed that the root of superior services begins with quality, educated, and exceptional caregivers. It is the strength of our supports and our ability to rally community partners that will continue to open windows of opportunity for the everyone we serve.
Together we have been able to overcome insurmountable
challenges both personally and professionally. Each time
the going got tough and the road began to blur, we found
that widening our community net and bringing together our
resources, friends, and experiences- we were able to
overcome anything that blocked our path.
No one can truly understand your personal struggle with care
services, but “together” HomeTogether can help build the
community net you and your loved one need. All of the
windows are not yet open, and the vision continues...be part
of that vision; help us open windows in your life and the lives
of the people we serve.