A two-time breast cancer survivor, Sanders was in the midst of her battle with the disease when she founded Caring is Giving, an organization which provides free assistance locating licensed personal care homes or assisted-living facilities for those in need.
“I started it because I saw there was a need for housing for people who have behavioral issues as well as seniors,” she said.
Sanders said she was inspired to help others as a result of the level of care she received from case managers and social workers who aided her through her a tough financial situation after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Launching the organization in 2009 also gave her a welcome distraction.
“When you have a sense of purpose and giving, it really takes your mind off of yourself,” she said.
In the past five years, Sanders estimated about 300 to 400 potential clients have contacted Caring is Giving for help finding a home care facility. She places clients in facilities throughout metro Atlanta and beyond.
“My goal is to get to the whole state of Georgia,” Sanders said.
She said she takes a customized approach to find the right home for her clients, starting with a thorough interview process before tapping into her network of available facilities. A family friend referred Tiki Carter, of Fayetteville, to Caring is Giving when she was looking for an assisted-living facility for her father Clement Walker, who suffered a stroke about two years ago.
She said he had been living at a facility in Fairburn, but she had to relocate him when it closed in October, giving her only two weeks’ notice. Though a retired family member ended up taking in her father, Carter said Sanders responded quickly to her situation by providing her with several facilities to visit and was very pleasant to work with and professional.
“I felt confident with the people that Winnie suggested for me,” Carter said.
She said she has already recommended Sanders’ services to others. Social worker Shantel Forstall said she also refers clients from her Fayetteville-based case management practice to Caring is Giving.
"[Sanders] is always very quick and always concerned about making sure there’s a right fit,” she said.
Forstall said she has worked with Sanders’ organization for about three or four years.
Information: www.caringisgiving.com or www.facebook.com/caringisgivingGA.