How we began


Watch the video to see Quilts That Care featured on Connecticut’s CBS affiliate WFSB-TV.

Our Mission:

Wrapping cancer patients and their families in comfort and hope, one quilt at a time.

Our Stitching:

Quilts That Care was founded by Deborah Van Steenbergen and a handful of friends in April 2012. Deborah began accompanying her husband Robert to The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center in Waterbury, CT in early 2012 as he underwent cancer treatment. She was disheartened to see so many patients going to and coming from treatment alone. She wanted to help bring comfort – even just a little – to those going through so much. So she combined her passion for quilting with her drive to help and soon after Quilts That Care was born.

At first, the group set out to create 12 hand-crafted quilts by the end of 2012 to give to cancer patients undergoing treatment at The Harold Leever Cancer Center.  In a matter of a few months, Quilts That Care expanded to over 50 members; and by the end of the 2012, the group had created 107 quilts. As of September 2017, we are over 2000 quilts made by over 200 volunteers.

Today, Quilts that Care donates their one-of-a-kind quilts to cancer patients undergoing treatments at:

  • The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, Waterbury, CT
  • Saint Mary’s VITAS, Waterbury, CT
  • Charlotte Hungerford Hospital,  Torrington, CT
  • Connecticut Childrens Medical Center
  • St Francis Hospital
  • New Milford Hospital, Diebold Family Cancer Center
  • New Britian General
  • The Yale/Smilow Cancer Center in New Haven, CT
  • Bristol Hospital, Bristol, CT
  • The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain, CT
  • Hartford HealthCare at Home
  • Seasons Hospice, Middlebury, CT

Our Quilts:

Each quilt is handmade by a single group member or a team of group members. Some quilts are created with a specific patient in-mind featuring a favorite color or hobby; others are created to fit everyone and anyone; but all are lovingly created for the same purpose – to provide warmth and comfort to those undergoing cancer treatment. Our inspiration is, and forever will be, each and every individual cancer patient. Their gifts of hope and strength inspire us all.