Mona Freedman RN
Executive Director and Founder
Caring Communities is the brainchild of Mona Freedman, a Registered Nurse and parent of twin girls, one of which has a developmental disability. Her professional career spans over 2 decades, which includes pediatric rehab nursing in specialty hospitals and pediatric homecare. Her most recent position of 10 years was as the Family Support Services Coordinator with the MSDE'S Division of Special Education and the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program. Through her experiences as an advocate, active parent leader and professional, Ms. Freedman has seen many of her friends suffer the consequences of rarely receiving "breaks" from raising their child with a disability. Personally and professionally, for many years, respite has been of interest to her. She left state government service to try to enhance opportunities for families to find respite services. Since Ms. Freedman initiated Caring Communities 1998, over 400 respite care providers have been trained Statewide. They were then matched with families within the Caring Network who needed respite care services. Due to budget shortfalls and limited funding opportunities the Caring Network and respite trainings have become limited in scope. In 2004, Ms. Freedman and her Caring Communities team began producing World of Possibilities Disabilities Expos, which have now grown into the largest Expos of its kind in the Region. The Expos, Caring Kit and other products and services have been able help expand the mission of Caring Communities, serve all members of the disabilities community and enable the organization to continue the Caring Network and respite activities.