families served through our relief programs
crafts/cards made by children for hospitalized children
food items stocked for the food pantry at UNC Hospital
The Foundation’s work at the NC Children’s hospital has strengthened existing family support programs and has gone on to design and implement new lines of care for those families who find themselves in frightening and unknown circumstances regarding the welfare of their child.
DTM’s staff and volunteers have shown remarkable generosity in their care and have demonstrated their fearlessness while engaging patients and families under the most difficult conditions. This vital partnership with the DTM Foundation has been the source of strength and admiration for the Children’s Hospital staff who so often need to reach out to colleagues for similar support and friendship.
I don’t know what to say. This has truly touched my heart. It’s so much more than a meal.
DTM aims to make each family’s journey through their child’s treatment a little bit easier, in any way we can.
The DTM Comfort Cooks Program not only offers a free hot meal to the families of medically fragile children but a friendly supportive outlet.
These programs offer holistic care and support for families inside the hospital. Upon building more partnerships, churches will be able to model our programs once assigned to their specific hospital unit. Interested volunteers can continue reading below.
Comfort cooks provides prayer, emotional support, and a three-course, home-cooked meal to families in crisis at Duke and UNC Children's Hospitals. This program began serving families in the Pediatric Bone Marrow Unit at Duke Hospital in 2014 , and quickly expanded to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at UNC Hospital. We are thrilled to offer these meals three times a month.
Comfort Cooks on Call provides prayer, emotional support, and a three-course, home-cooked meal to families in crisis with 24-48 hours notice. UNC Children's staff inform DTM Foundation of the crisis, such as a family's child passing away, followed by volunteers providing the support. To serve with Comfort Cooks on Call, become a volunteer .
"Young obedient understanding teen hearts" can take charge to help families in crisis too! This program empowers teens to make a difference in their community by helping them develop creative outreach service projects based on the needs of the hospitals and interests of their peers. For example, our teens started multiple food pantries at UNC Hospital to provide free and healthy food options for families! Sign up here to volunteer today. Ages 13-18.
Children 12 and under can serve families by making cards and crafts for kids inside the hospital around 10 different holidays throughout the year. Sign up here to partner with us in this way.
Our organization is 100% volunteer driven. Help families in crisis by serving with us!
Our mission is to provide churches with relief programs to serve families inside the hospital. In doing this, it is our prayer that families will feel supported in their faith while seeking treatment for their child.
Love Deeply. We value compassion and gentleness in the way that we support families in need. This is because we genuinely care about the relationships we form with families, churches, and hospital staff. By focusing on encouragement instead of charity, we believe that we can show others the love of Christ.
Dig In. Our goal is to be available for families through the ups and downs of their child’s treatment. We care about being present even in the most difficult times of grief because no family should battle their child’s treatment alone. By understanding what their needs are, we aim to fulfill those needs and offer the best support.
Head to Toe. We believe in holistic care and support including spiritual, emotional, and physical support. Each of our relief programs are focused on this approach.
In the fall of 2009, Nicolette Moinet, founder of the Dean Thomas Moinet Foundation, met a beautiful, medically fragile baby named Megan Dean. Nicolette was a Developmental Therapist at the time serving children with special needs in her community when Megan’s name was added to her caseload.
Upon meeting Megan, Nicolette learned about her complex medical condition and the family’s burden when Megan received a diagnosis of Hurlers Syndrome. Both Megan and her older sister, Evline, were diagnosed with this disease. The family also traveled long distances from Kentucky to receive specialized treatment at the Pediatric Bone Marrow Unit in Duke Hospital, leaving them without any support in the area.
While working with Megan in therapy, Nicolette quickly became attached and recognized the pressing need to support the family however she could. Their need was threefold: housing support, spiritual support, and emotional support. Nicolette saw what hospital life looked like firsthand and noted how the families there needed to be loved and cared for – the way that Jesus calls us to love one another.
On July 30, 2010, Megan Dean passed away at 19 months old. But meeting her changed Nicolette’s life forever. This prompted her to ask herself, “What happens when families travel to the hospital for treatment and don’t have their friends, families, or church in the area to support them? Is this common? Are they watching their child come close to death, or even worse, die alone?” It wasn’t long afterwards that Nicolette decided to do something.
The mission was developed – to provide churches with relief programs to serve families inside the hospital. In 2013, DTM Foundation received its 501(c)3 status, and began serving families at Duke Hospital in 2014, the same unit where Megan and her sister Evline were treated. In 2015, DTM began serving families at UNC Hospital. Since it’s inception, it has partnered with numerous local nonprofits and churches, and built lasting relationships with hospital medical staff. Partner with us today by filling out our contact form.
Nicolette has always had a deep passion for working with children with special needs. If she is not working for DTM, she is most likely cuddling with her 2 fur babies. She also loves to cook and finds so much joy in learning about different cultures and traveling the world.
Jenny was diagnosed with a rare lysosomal storage disorder called Mucolipidosis type III (ML3) at the age of 9. Since then, she has gained a passion for supporting families. An outdoor enthusiast, she is a football fanatic and loves all things Halloween.
Hanha is super passionate about encouraging others and sharing the love of Christ. She has aspirations to become a physician, but you can find her watching Grey's Anatomy, eating tacos, or listening to a bomb podcast in her spare time.
Glynis found her heart for service when she went on a mission trip to Central America several years ago. An avid yogi and originally from England, she loves to read a good book and drink hot tea. Other than that, she listens to all kinds of music and goes on hikes with her dog.
Brad is a follower of Christ, husband to an exquisite woman, and father of a magnificent son. He had a sister growing up who passed away at an early age and can relate to families with children staying in hospitals for an extended period of time. Brad also enjoys all things North Carolina State Wolfpack along with playing volleyball and softball.
Brian has a heart for ministry and loves seeing God’s Kingdom grow. He and his wife, Brittney, love to travel and when he isn’t working, he’s either reading or spending time enjoying the North Carolina weather.
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