Cleaning for a Reason is a nonprofit organization that works with partners like A Beautiful Day cleaning service to provide free cleaning services for cancer patients.
Since they were established in 2006, Cleaning for a Reason and their partners have provided free home cleaning for more than 44,750 cancer patients and their families. That’s more than $15.2 million in services!
“Our goal,” their website explains, “is to remove the burden of cleaning and allow those recovering from surgery, in active treatment, or in hospice to focus on their health and spending valuable time with loved ones.”
An ISSA charity
The founder of the organization, Debbie Sardone, is a member of ISSA, the leading worldwide cleaning industry association. Cleaning for a Reason got its start at an ISSA conference and is supported by ISSA Charities, a nonprofit foundation within ISSA.
We are members of the Association of Residential Cleaning Services International (ARCSI), the division of ISSA that focuses on residential cleaning. These organizations are committed to cleaning as an investment in both human health and environmental health.
Why is a clean home important for cancer patients?
We believe that a clean home is important for everyone! However, there are some specific reasons that cancer patients benefit from cleaning.
First, some cancers and some treatments for cancer can weaken the immune system. It’s harder to fight off a cold, an infection, or a foodborne illness.
Beyond that practical need, a clean home can be a sanctuary for cancer patients and their caregivers. The sense of peace you feel when your home is clean can make a difference to your mood and even your mental health.
At the same time, cancer patients and their caregivers can easily feel overwhelmed by basic cleaning tasks. Cleaning for a Reason allows patients and their families to focus on their health instead of on housekeeping chores.
We’re glad to be able to share the good news about this valuable organization.