Skip Navigation

Providing Care for the Caring Smiling senior advance to content

Called to Care®:
A Program For Family Caregivers

As a family caregiver, you may think the support you provide—helping your mother purchase and organize her medications, or taking a friend to his doctors’ appointments—is small in the grand scheme of things. But, the truth is you play a critical role in the health and well-being of your loved one, which is just as important as the care provided by doctors and nurses.

We want to begin by recognizing your valuable contributions and saying, “Thank you.” We sincerely appreciate all that you do. More importantly, we want to remind you that you are not alone. Just as you are there to care for your loved one, there are many individuals and organizations available to help you.

At Johns Hopkins Bayview, we recognize the importance of family caregivers, as well as the physical and emotional stresses that can accompany caregiving. For this reason, we have created Called to Care®, a program that prepares and supports individuals caring for loved ones with health-related needs or limitations.

Resources for Caregiving


Stories of Caregiving

Called to Care® | A Program For Family Caregivers

Called to Care® The program offers assistance in several ways: supportive services, education, and partnerships with local agencies, organizations and faith communities.

Arlene and David's Story

The program offers assistance in several ways: supportive services, education, and partnerships with local agencies, organizations and faith communities.

Emilio and Mary's Story

Mary Rios talks about her experience caring for her husband Emilio who has multiple sclerosis (MS). Her call to care for her husband has added stress to their lives. Together they've hired help to relieve the stress and return to a happy and healthy relationship!


Classes and Events

The Called to Care team at Johns Hopkins Bayview hope you have an enjoyable and safe summer. We invite you to participate in the following special programs designed to connect care partners with resources, support and each other. For more information, call 410-550-1660.

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, October 5 and November 2, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

    This engaging support group will uplift, inform and empower those who care for loved ones. On Oct. 5 author, trainer and caregiving champion Loretta Veney will share Four Lessons Learned from Being My Mom’s Mom. Hosted by BDS Healthy Aging Networks, Baltimore City Health Department and Called to Care. 

    Join via Zoom or dial in: 301-715-8592.
    Meeting ID: 827 3947 9263.
    Info: 410-550-1660

  • Thursday, October 13, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

    Our Lady of Fatima Senior Community
    200 Kane Street, Baltimore 21224

    The Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service’s team will present estate planning tips to help caregivers and their loved ones. MVLS helps clients take proactive steps during their lifetime to help avoid the costly process of probate including setting up beneficiaries, transfer on death accounts and life estate deeds, which create a streamlined process to pass a family home and other essential assets onto the next generation. Please join in this informative in-person session with a grab 'n go lunch. Hosted by Hopkins ElderPlus and Called to Care. RSVP to or 410-550-1660.

  • Friday, October 28, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Whether you have been a caregiver for a short time or many years, as that role winds down and ends there is both grief and a void. In this interactive session participants will explore how to build strength along the grief journey and start the process of exploring who they are without caregiving and what's next for them. Using journals participants will set goals to help start the path to discovering new purpose in life. The session will end with tips for celebrating the caregiving life they had as they move forward in their post-caregiving life! Presenter: Loretta Veney, inspirational speaker, trainer and author. To receive a free journal, contact or 410-550-1660 by October 21.

    Join via Zoom

    Hosted by Johns Hopkins Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program and Called to Care

  • Saturday, November 5, 2022, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Coppin State University, Tawes Center
    2500 W. North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21216

    Free all-day conference on dementia care and support hosted by the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Maryland Chapter

    Register here.

  • Thursday, November 17

    Our Lady of Fatima I Senior Community
    200 Kane Street, Baltimore 21224

    Presenter: Loretta Veney, Inspirational Speaker, Trainer and Author

    In celebration of National Family Caregivers Month, participants will trace their caregiving journey from the beginning through where they are now, acknowledging the lessons they've learned and the resilience they've shown along the way! At the end of the activity participants will leave with a joyful piece of art they created as a keepsake and a reminder that there is joy in caregiving and how resilient they are! Lunch will be provided.


Ongoing Events & Support Groups

It is not unusual to feel isolated when you are devoting so much of your time to caring for a loved one. One valuable way to overcome these feelings is to talk with others who understand the stresses and challenges you are facing.

Johns Hopkins Bayview has partnered with several organizations in the surrounding community, including those that offer counseling and support groups. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • First Tuesday, 12 to 1:15 p.m.

    Group session to raise awareness about dementia and how to support those living with dementia and their care partners. Contact Emily Kearns at 410-887-4751 or email

  • Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

    Interactive weekly sessions are filled with inspiration, exercise, interesting speakers and helpful resources for older adults. Join by Zoom or dial in: 1 301 715 8592. Meeting ID: 827 3947 9263.

    For information contact Betsy Simon, bdsimon2020@gmail.com410-375-7504

  • Third Tuesday of each month, 12 to 1 p.m.

    Club Memory is a stigma-free social club for people with early-stage Alzheimer's, mild cognitive impairment or other forms of dementia, and their spouses, partners and caregivers. The Club meets virtually. For questions or to RSVP, contact Andrea Nelson, RN, at

    Phone information:

    Meeting ID: 918 0813 3747
    One tap mobile
    +13017158592,,91808133747# US (Washington DC)
    +16465588656,,91808133747# US (New York)

  • Fridays, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Learn about the latest updates on COVID-19 and vaccine safety. Join by Zoom or join by phone at 301-715-8592. For information, call 410-550-1118. Hosted by Healthy Community Partnership and Medicine for the Greater Good.


    Caregiver Connection

    Caregiver Connection is a publication that connects caregivers with resources, support and each other. The newsletter is published every other month and contains community caregiving news, tips, spotlights and upcoming events.

    If you'd like to begin receiving Caregiver Connection by mail, please call 410-550-8018.

    Our Staff

    Contact Us

    If you are a caregiver in need of resources and support, please call us:

    Johns Hopkins Bayview
    Jane Marks
    Baltimore City
    Jose Jimenez
    Baltimore County
    Ann Marie Riehl
    Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
    5300 Alpha Commons Drive, Suite 347
    Baltimore, MD 21224
    back to top button