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Stress Relief for a Cause 
Goes to the Next Level!

We are pleased to announce a collaborative partnership for this Spring with Active Minds (www.activeminds.org). 

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Active Minds was founded by Alison Malmon when she was a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, following the suicide of her older brother, Brian. Brian, also a college student, had been experiencing depression and psychosis for three years but had concealed his symptoms from everyone around him. A year and a half later on March 24, 2000, as Alison was wrapping up her freshman year at Penn, Brian ended his life.

Recognizing that few Penn students were talking about mental health issues though many were affected, Alison was motivated to change that culture on her campus. She wanted to combat the stigma of mental illness, encourage students who needed help to seek it early, and prevent future tragedies like the one that took her brother’s life, and thus started a program called Open Minds.

Constant growth to other campuses ensued, and the National headquarters was established in Washington, DC during the summer of 2003. The new non-profit organization, and all of the affiliated campus chapters, was then renamed Active Minds, Inc., to reflect the progressive nature of this form of student advocacy in the mental health movement.

Active Minds has become the voice of young adult mental health advocacy nationwide. With more than 400 campus chapters, hundreds of thousands of young adults all across the country are benefiting from the Active Minds model. 

This semester during Active Minds’s  Stress Less Week, when schools book licensed massage therapists to provide stress-relieving chair massages for their students through Tender Touch For All, half of the net proceeds from these fundraising events will be devoted to our program of providing on-site massage therapy for seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities, and the remaining fifty percent will be applied to that school’s Active Minds’ Chapter!


Check out what Brendan Caputo, Director of Student Leadership and Activities at Hofstra University, had to say about Tender Touch For All:

“Each semester, we offer our students free massages to provide stress relief during finals week.  Because of their professionalism and quality of work, we always look to Tender Touch For All for the massage therapists we bring into our school.  Not only are their massage therapists exceptionally talented, but they go above and beyond for our students, doing so in a warm welcoming manner.  We highly recommend Tender Touch For All!”

We are looking forward to a great partnership with Active Minds for this semester and for many years to come!

We are almost five years old!

We’re ecstatic to report that in June of 2015 we will mark our five year anniversary!

We started a little less than five years ago with just the concept of bringing massage therapy to underserved populations, and today we run approximately 50 programs each month and we’re growing.  Our hands-on (literally and figuratively) program serves thousands of seniors, veterans and people with disabilities every year. 

2015 should be a very exciting year for us…with a stronger infrastructure in place, we anticipate significant program growth.  Also, be on the look-out in our next newsletter for details on an upcoming collaboration with another very worthy non-profit organization.

We thank you for your continued support…please reach out to us any time with your thoughts, comments and suggestions, and of course if you’d like to get involved on some level with our organization.

Season of Giving

Dear Friends of Tender Touch For All:

It is the season of giving, and every little bit can help us achieve our mission of bringing the benefits of massage therapy to those who need it most- the elderly, our veterans, and the disabled.  If you’ve ever been a caregiver like I have, you know how important our cause is…you’ll know that what we do makes people feel less pain, come alive and have something to look forward to!
A $100 donation can be used as a gas stipend for a volunteer massage therapist to travel to our program for homeless veterans living in a shelter, once per month for the entire year.

  • “Many of our veterans have fallen into less healthy alternatives to coping with the aftermath of war.  Many are not aware of the positive and proven alternatives to managing stress and maintaining wellness that may not be as widely recognized by the traditional provider community.  You have helped us to bridge that gap and open new avenues for wellness for our veterans and their families.   Your valuable contribution allowed veterans to be exposed to holistic alternatives they otherwise might not have had the opportunity to experience.”- John Schultz, USMC Iraq War Veteran, Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency

Just seventeen individual $100 donations can fully fund a monthly program at an inner-city nursing home or a facility that cares for the disabled, for an entire year, providing much needed touch, companionship and healing to their resident’s.

  • “I would like to begin by saying that I’m happy someone thought about providing this service to the aging population.  We all know how much they suffer from chronic pain, arthritis, and other injuries, and for them to get out and get a massage is nearly impossible- let alone afford to be able to pay for one.  I am delighted that you are providing such a great service.  My resident’s really look forward to the day the massage therapist is scheduled to attend.  Thank you for providing such a delightful service!”  Maytha Ramirez, Activities Director, Willow Towers Assisted Living

We’re very excited about our accomplishments over the past year;

  • our program now runs in more than 45 facilities on a regular basis, enabling us to provide our life affirming service to well over 7,500 people per year! 
  • we continue to receive generous support from great organizations such as The Wallerstein Foundation, The Knapp-Swezey Foundation, The Laura B. Vogler Foundation, Compassionate Care Hospice, Hofstra University, Vance Granville Community College, Canisius College, University of New Haven and Oakworks

Thanks, Marc